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Upper Body Strength for Weightlifting: Silly Myths and Solid Methods
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 16 2015 | Comments

I used to train with a female lifter who couldn’t pick up a frying pan full of hamburger with one hand because her upper body wasn’t strong enough. If she was cooking and she needed to lift a skillet off the stove, she had to use both hands. She also held all the American records in her weight class and made eight or nine World Teams.    Upper body strength in weightli...... Continue reading
Nine Years Later: What I Did Right & What I Did Wrong
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2015 | Comments

I met Mike at Mike Burgener’s gym some time in early 2007 when he returned from a deployment as a corpsman in Iraq. What he had going for him right from day one was ambition, commitment and the kind of work ethic that I very much respect and am constantly disappointed in not seeing in more people these days. Unfortunately, he was old (yes, 34 is old in this case), immobile, and not particula...... Continue reading
How to Build a Weightlifting Platform
Greg Everett | Equipment | February 2 2015 | Comments (14)

About 100 years ago, I posted an article about how to build a lifting platform on a slope. It was something I had to do at the time, so I figured I’d post some instructions while I was at it. Now years later, I’ve been asked more times than I can calculate how to build a platform—I’ve written out instructions in emails and website comments so many times I could have written...... Continue reading
Getting Through a Five-Year Setback
Matt Foreman | General Training | January 26 2015 | Comments (4)

You’ve all heard the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So I’m gonna write approximately 1,000 words about a picture.   These articles on the Catalyst Athletics website are always accompanied by a photo. When Greg posts my articles, he often includes a picture of me cleaning 150 kg in the old Catalyst gym. You can see it right above here. It&rsquo...... Continue reading
Podcasts with Greg Everett
Greg Everett | Editorial | January 23 2015 | Comments

I thought I’d try to collect some of the podcast interviews I’ve done for convenience. Now you can keep yourself occupied while driving to work... or at work. I know there are a few missing, as I can’t remember them all and I only have so much patience for google searches. If you know of one, please post the name in the comments.   Weightlifting Academy   Sports Coa...... Continue reading
Improve Your Weightlifting With Snacks: Competition in the Gym
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | January 22 2015 | Comments

If that isn’t an attention grabbing title then I don’t know how else to do it. I’m going to give you the back story, the game, the rules and why it will help you out.   I train with two other guys at a Catalyst Athletics affiliate in San Diego called Outlier Barbell—that is until they get tired of my antics and throw me out. For now, however, my love of Motley Crue a...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 19 2015 | Comments

People seemed to enjoy my Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk article a few weeks ago, so I’m going to ride that wave as long as I can with another top 5 article, and yes, there will be one for the snatch in the unspecified near future. I’m going to do the clean before the snatch because the snatch gets all the attention on the internet; let’s change the paradigm.   As...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Warm-ups: The Importance of Flexibility
Travis Cooper | Olympic Weightlifting | January 12 2015 | Comments

With the increasing number of competitors at national events comes an increase in competition. Weightlifting is now more exciting than ever to watch from the crowd, but what most people do not understand is what goes on in the back room with the coaches and the athletes before they even take a competition attempt. The back room is one of the most exciting places to be for a coach, and one of the m...... Continue reading
Fixing a Slow Turnover in the Snatch or Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 5 2015 | Comments (4)

Your movement under the bar in the snatch or clean can be slow for a few different reasons, and that will affect what exercises help. If it’s truly the pull under the bar that’s slow, it may be a strength issue, a technique issue, or a lack of aggressiveness. The following discusses the snatch specifically, but it applies to the clean as well with the exception of the overhead position...... Continue reading
And That's When the Whores Come In: Weightlifting Behavior
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 29 2014 | Comments (3)

You want to know something I’ve noticed over the last few years since I’ve been writing for Catalyst Athletics? You guys love articles that have lists.   Know what I mean? I’m talking about the articles you read on this website with titles like Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk, 10 Things All Weightlifters Should Know, 7 Steps to Better Coaching and so forth. In othe...... Continue reading
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