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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
What the #@%! just happened? Reasons for Poor Performances in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 12 2013 | Comments (2)

Let me tell you about a little conversation I had recently. This is an exchange between me and one of the gals I coach after she attempted a heavy snatch and missed it. Me: “Okay, do you know what you did wrong on that one?” Her: “Yeah.” Me: “What did you do?” Her: “I f-----d up.” I love people. They’re my favorite. We all k...... Continue reading
Missing Lifts in Weightlifting Training
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | March 11 2013 | Comments (2)

What percentage of your lifts in training are misses? If you know an actual number, you're spending too much time on the math and not enough on the lifting, but if it's a big chunk, you're probably aware of it. I've talked a lot about practice and how important it is to practice lifting the way you want to lift even on the seemingly inconsequential sets or accessory lifts because that will be the ...... Continue reading
Train Like A Champion: Technique, Habits and Positivity in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 25 2013 | Comments (7)

Possibly the biggest mistake I see people making with regard to technique training is simply not investing enough time into the training itself. With the easy and usually free access to an abundance of information about weightlifting technique now, it’s easy to spend hours and hours searching, reading and asking about technique, technique training, exercises, corrective drills and then whate...... Continue reading
Some Words From The Olympic Weightlifting Champions
Matt Foreman | Editorial | February 25 2013 | Comments (4)

The London Olympics finished up a few months ago. Recently, I got the new issue of World Weightlifting in my mailbox. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, World Weightlifting is the official magazine of the International Weightlifting Federation. It’s published in Europe and comes out about four times a year. I’ve been subscribing to it since the eighties. Anyway, this l...... Continue reading
The Back-Off Week for Weightlifting Programs
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 18 2013 | Comments (8)

Also known as the de-load week, the back-off week is by far my least favorite week during a training cycle. Coincidentally, as I write this I am wrapping up one right now. If you would have asked me last week at this time I would have told you I couldn’t wait for the damn thing to start, but that was last week and I felt like hell because I thought my body was used as a human pry-bar for the...... Continue reading
Diagnose & Prioritize: Training New Weightlifters
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2013 | Comments (7)

Over the years I've developed and refined a process for working with new (to me) lifters. I thought it might be helpful to share these thoughts with those of you interested in the art of coaching. Diagnosis: This process begins the first day when I run a new athlete through the standard exercises of overhead squats, overhead presses, and front squats. I look for joints that are lacking in range...... Continue reading
We Need More Disciplinarians: Coaching Youth Athletes
Matt Foreman | Editorial | February 11 2013 | Comments (4)

Do you want to know one of the things I find most pathetic in weightlifting, and sports in general? It’s when coaches let their best athletes get away with crappy behavior, simply because they’re the best athletes. This makes me want to puke. It’s even worse when the coaches make excuses for the athletes and their shenanigans, defending them and playing the “they didn...... Continue reading
Learning From Your Misses in Weightlifting
Aimee Anaya Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 6 2013 | Comments (8)

I used to not think about other people’s training so much—about their mental state and struggles, or the fact that their minds may be racing during training as well. It’s not because I am some selfish bitch who doesn’t care about my teammates, I simply didn’t think that anyone else struggled as I do. I was oblivious. It took me a lot of years to learn to relax in t...... Continue reading
You Got a Lot of Freakin Problems: Common Complaints in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 28 2013 | Comments (16)

Okay, I’m gonna make a list of common problems weightlifters have. Read this and keep a running tally of how many you A) have right now or B) have had in the past. I’ll write them as quotes so they sound authentic. 1) “My lockout sucks. I can pull snatches pretty high and clean a lot of weight, but my lockout when I get the bar over my head is terrible.” 2) “I j...... Continue reading
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