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The Last Two Meets I've Lifted In: Dealing with Imperfect Competition Conditions
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 10 2013 | Comments (5)

I’ve lifted in two meets over the last four weeks. Normally I would never compete twice in such a short time span, but I’m getting knee surgery in July and I wanted to have as much fun as possible before I’m out of commission for a while. Both of them went really well, and I lifted the biggest weights I’ve hit since I turned forty. The first one was the IronFest on May 4...... Continue reading
Warm-up Early: Weightlifting Training Mobility & Preparation
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | June 7 2013 | Comments (9)

Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day is that the second sessions always feels great - at least with regard to being warm and loose. Even hours later, you'll still be "warm" from that first workout. You can get some of that benefit without do...... Continue reading
To Everybody Who's Training For Something: Obstacles & Opportunities
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 27 2013 | Comments (9)

About a year ago, there was a sad news story here in Arizona. One of the top high school football coaches in the state died from cancer. He was in his forties and the disease took him quickly. I think there were only six or seven months between the time he was diagnosed and when he passed away. You want to know how he discovered the cancer? He had some pain in his elbow. He thought he banged it up...... Continue reading
The Relation of Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Squat Weights
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 22 2013 | Comments (16)

How much should I snatch and clean & jerk if I back squat this much? This is a question I get a lot, and there isn't a simple, formulaic answer. Put simply, it depends on your own strengths and weaknesses. I have seen enormous ranges even just in my own gym, let alone outside of it. You will have bigger classic lifts relative to your squat if you are: 1. Explosive 2. Technically profic...... Continue reading
Rookies, Experts & Pimps: Coaching vs Training On Your Own
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 14 2013 | Comments (13)

Those of you who read Performance Menu (i.e., the cool crowd) got a nice treat a few months ago when we published an interview with Christine Girard, the little Canadian weightlifting tornado who won the Olympic bronze medal in London. She gave us terrific answers to the questions we asked, stuff that provokes some hardcore pondering. One of the things that caught my attention was Christine&rs...... Continue reading
Progress... Twice as Hard for Half as Much
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 29 2013 | Comments (9)

In the spring of 1993, I was snatching 120 kilos (264 lbs). I was twenty years old and I had been training as an Olympic lifter for about three years. In my workouts at this time, I was usually doing my snatch pulls with 135-140 kilos. This weight was so heavy…I wondered how the hell I would ever be able to snatch it. It felt like I was trying to drag the Titanic off the floor of the ocean....... Continue reading
Weightlifting Programming: Lots of Variety? Or Just Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Squat?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 15 2013 | Comments (8)

Ooohhh, this is a good question. Weightlifters and coaches have been debating it for a long time. Let me give you a little more explanation so you know what we’re talking about. You’ve probably already figured out that there are many different training programs and methods out there. Not all lifters train the same. Hell, not all world champions train the same. A lifter from China w...... Continue reading
Simple Keys for Weightlifting Success
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | April 11 2013 | Comments (8)

I have noticed over the years that people really try to make this sport much more difficult than it is. Now, don’t get me wrong, this sport by itself is a pain in the ass; however, people then try and complicate it even more by adding things to it. So to help you out, I am going to list some questions then give you the best answer that I can come up with to save you possibly years of frus...... Continue reading
This Is The Last Thing I'll Ever Write
Matt Foreman | Editorial | April 1 2013 | Comments (18)

This is going to be the last thing I write for Catalyst Athletics. It’s actually going to be the end of my whole journey in the iron sports. I didn’t think I was ever going to say this, but it’s time to finally get it over with. I’m giving up weightlifting, and everything involved with it. Training, competing, coaching, all the work and the sweat and the pain…scre...... Continue reading
Spasm! Dang it! Differentiating between Pain & Injuries in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 25 2013 | Comments (11)

We’re all such a bunch of little go-getters, aren’t we? We love to train hard. One of the big pleasures in our lives is going to the gym and working our asses off until we’re drained, sore, and completely shot. We want to feel like we made ourselves better, conquered obstacles, or whatever. Everybody who reads this blog knows what I’m talking about, so I don’t need...... Continue reading
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