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Finding Your Jerk Drive Stance
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 16 2016 | Comments (2)

The starting position of the jerk concerns two primary elements: the stance of the feet and the rack position. Each can have dramatic effects on the lift, and each will vary somewhat among lifters based on individual peculiarities. Additional but more minor elements will also contribute to the success or failure of the lift.   The starting point for the position of the feet places the heels...... Continue reading
Your Hands Are Part of Your Body: Straps & Grip in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 12 2016 | Comments

Lifting straps are a legitimate training tool for weightlifting—they unquestionably have a purpose and should be used at certain times with certain exercises by every weightlifter out there. The trick is knowing when this is and when it isn’t.   My basic rules on when straps should be used: Snatch & Clean Pull Variations Snatch & Clean Deadlift Variations RDLs &a...... Continue reading
2016 National Championships & Olympic Trials Recap
Greg Everett | Editorial | May 10 2016 | Comments (4)

The 2016 National Championships & Olympic Trials is finally over, and although there were some serious low points for us, overall it turned out to be by far the best national championships we’ve had as a team.   The quick summary in order of lifting: Jes Liao (48kg) – 57/70x (bombed with 70 CJ) Blake Barnes (69kg) – 115/146 Alyssa Sulay (58kg) – 76x (with...... Continue reading
Working Harder, Getting Worse, and Cussing In Front Of Everybody
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 9 2016 | Comments (1)

How in the bloody hell can you get worse at something when you’re working harder to get better at it?   Seriously!! All your life, you’re been taught about hard work. Many of you probably come from family backgrounds where your parents instilled discipline and work ethic into you, right? I know some of you might have been raised in hippie communes where your parents taught you t...... Continue reading
Competition Lift Variation Ratios: Don't Worry Too Much
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 5 2016 | Comments

A pretty common question is what kind of relative weights a lifter should expect to see in variations of a competition lift. Some of these make sense and some guidelines can be provided, but others vary too much to really provide useful numbers. The primary ones I'm talking about here are things like hang or block snatches and cleans relative to the full lifts. Generally speaking, we would ...... Continue reading
A Response to Mike Gray’s Ridiculous Crap About Competing in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 2 2016 | Comments (4)

There have been two or three times when I’ve intentionally written articles with outlandish titles just to see how many internet morons will post half-cocked raging comments about them without actually reading the article. This is obviously one of them.   My buddy Mike Gray wrote an article not too long ago about why everybody should compete in weightlifting. It was a great piece and...... Continue reading
American Weightlifting: Forgetting the Big Picture
Greg Everett | Editorial | April 25 2016 | Comments (6)

I think one of the biggest mistakes made in US weightlifting (well... on the Internet by Americans) is an excessive focus on the misguided idea that there are amazing secrets of lift technique we're not aware of that play a dramatic role in the performance disparity between American lifters and their European and Asian counterparts.   I humbly submit that this is untrue, and that the on...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: Exercise Order
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 18 2016 | Comments

The order of exercises is an important element of the training session prescription, as it will influence both the effect of the exercises as well as the performance of each exercise in the session. The basic structure is to order exercises in descending degree of technical complexity and speed. That is, exercises that are faster and more complex (e.g. the competition lifts and their variations) w...... Continue reading
A Closer Look at USAW Teams & Coaches
Greg Everett | Editorial | April 13 2016 | Comments

Floelite published an article showing the number of lifters at the 2016 National Championships qualified by each of the top coaches and teams. Many of the numbers were incorrect, and some have been corrected, but more importantly, I think the numbers showed an incomplete picture of the landscape. I have some more numbers and information to finish that picture. (Note here that I didn't recount ...... Continue reading
What Kind of Jerk Are You? Strength & Elastic Jerk Styles
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 11 2016 | Comments

There are technical variations of the competition lifts that are rooted in the actual physical characteristics of the lifter rather than ideological or pedagogical differences. One of the most dramatic ones is the nature of a lifter’s dip and drive in the jerk. I call the two categories (which are really the two ends of a spectrum) strength and elastic as they’re decent descriptors of ...... Continue reading
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