Articles by Greg Everett

Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, head coach of the USA Weightlifting National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, co-host of the Weightlifting Life Podcast, publisher of The Performance Menu journal, fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion, masters American Open champion, masters American record holder in the clean & jerk, and Olympic Trials coach. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and sign up for his free newsletter here.
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Don't Jump with Your Arms
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 24 2018 | Comments (1)

I like box jumps for weightlifting. It's a very simple, accessible way to train explosiveness. What I don't like is when box jumps are done in ways that reduce their effectiveness or create problems. The point of box jumps in the context of weightli... Continue reading
Your Unreasonable Expectation of Comfort in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 21 2018 | Comments (3)

A sport is like anything else—how committed you are determines how it affects the rest of your life. The extent of your investment in it changes the way it influences your de... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Strengthening the Lower Back
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | May 17 2018 | Comments

Wayne Asks: What are some of the best exercises you prescribe your athletes to strengthen lower backs? My weak lower back is more obvious from snatching than cleaning. Greg Says: I choose different exercises in different circumstances. First, figure out whe... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Speed Under The Bar & Receiving Depth
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | May 9 2018 | Comments

Nathan Asks: I'm a beginner coach, teaching beginners how to perform the lifts, so kinda like the vision impaired leading the blind… Kinda… We have a basic unders... Continue reading
Push Through the Pull Under: Snatch & Clean Timing
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 7 2018 | Comments

One of the toughest concepts in weightlifting to grasp—and to explain—is the timing of the transition between the second and third pulls of the snatch and clean. The ba... Continue reading
Creating the Optimal Back Arch in The Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 30 2018 | Comments (3)

Back extension is a touchy subject, and has been for as long as I can remember. We even used to have an exercise called a hyperextension… and then suddenly that was too frig... Continue reading
Ask Greg: How Important is Bodyweight for Weightlifting?
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | April 25 2018 | Comments

Christoffer Asks: Hey, I was wondering how much your body mass matters in weightlifting and how much of an impact a few less or extra pounds can make on your performance. I also wo... Continue reading
The Hook Grip: Why & How to Do It Correctly
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 23 2018 | Comments

Once again, I’m bewildered that I haven’t yet written an article on the hook grip here—this is one of the most fundamental pieces in the weightlifting puzzle, and also something that gives a lot of new lifters a great deal of trouble because ... Continue reading
Are Your Elbows Actually the Problem in Your Overhead Position?
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | April 19 2018 | Comments

In the way that overhead squat immobility often gets blamed on the shoulders when the problem is actually the lower body, often an athlete's inability to lock the elbows secure... Continue reading
Getting the Bar Past the Knees in the Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 16 2018 | Comments

I’ve said before that the complexity of the first pull is commonly underestimated by new lifters because of its apparent simplicity, especially in comparison to the rest of t... Continue reading
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