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The Back Extension: Strengthening the Back for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 7 2013 | Comments (12)

If one of your problems with the Olympic lifts is a weak back arch, that needs to become a focus for you in just about everything you do. Some of you have become very strong in round-backed postures and are finding yourselves unable to set a proper back arch in the pull of the snatch or clean, or even all the way through your squats. Reversing this can take a long time and a lot of patience ...... Continue reading
Snatch & Clean Pulling Technique: No Laughing Matter
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 3 2013 | Comments (11)

No funny business this time. We need to talk about technique. This one is gonna run a little long, but it’ll be worth it. Some of this is from an old PM article I wrote, along with a few changes. We’re going to look at finishing the pull in the snatch and clean. More specifically, we’re going to do an analysis of the question “Should the lifter extend up on the toes or ...... Continue reading
A New Year at Catalyst Athletics
Greg Everett | Editorial | January 1 2013 | Comments (9)

I’m starting off 2013 sitting in my backyard with a cup of coffee enjoying the sun and a rare day off. I tend not to be a very publicly sentimental fellow, but I have to say 2012 was an incredible year and I’m more excited for 2013 than I have been for any other year previously. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but there is something undeniably meaningful about beginnin...... Continue reading
A Public Apology For Some Things I Said
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 19 2012 | Comments (31)

It’s time for me to apologize, people. I’ve been a jackass, and I need to make it right. A few weeks ago, I wrote some posts on this blog where I made controversial comments about cardio and nutrition. Many of you read them, and apparently I’ve done some damage with the things I said. After being informed by some people that the information I wrote was incorrect and, in some ...... Continue reading
Get it Behind Your Neck: Improving the Snatch and Jerk Overhead Position
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 17 2012 | Comments (11)

The overhead position for the snatch and jerk is critical both for successful lifting and safety. Lifts from behind the neck can be a big help in improving these overhead positions through increased strength, mobility and consistency in position. Overhead lifts starting from behind the neck allow a straight bar path to the overhead position, simplifying the movement and making it easier for the...... Continue reading
Catalyst Athletics at the American Open
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 10 2012 | Comments (3)

What a meet for Catalyst Athletics… Most of you probably read the write-up Greg did on the American Open last week. I don’t want to repeat the stuff he told you, so I’ll try to find some fresh thoughts about the things I saw in Palm Springs. When Greg described the awesomeness of the whole experience, he wasn’t exaggerating or overblowing it. I’m telling you strai...... Continue reading
The 2012 American Open, or The Weekend I Almost Killed Matt Foreman
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 5 2012 | Comments (9)

The dust has settled for the most part after the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, California, so I’m going to see if I can do a recap of the weekend. This year we had 12 lifters competing—I believe that made us the second largest team there behind the juggernaut East Coast Gold (technically 11 since Caleb lifts unattached—details). Normally the American Open is somewhere i...... Continue reading
Okay, Here's the Thing About Cardio... Weightlifting & Conditioning
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 20 2012 | Comments (28)

I’ve been thinking I should start doing some cardio. My doctor told me I should. I think he said it would help me avoid death or something like that. But the whole idea doesn’t make any sense to me, because doing cardio makes me wish I was dead anyway. So what’s the point? I probably wouldn’t need to do much of it. Absolutely anything would be an improvement over what...... Continue reading
Squat Stance & the Olympic Lifts: The Snatch & Clean Receiving Positions
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 13 2012 | Comments (26)

With the Olympic lifts, it’s easy to wander a little too far down the rabbit hole and find yourself lost amid overwhelming detail. There are times when such detail is necessary and helpful, but at other times, the best course of action is to simplify. Sometimes this just means reassessing a problem with a perspective guided by simplicity—that is, returning to the basics to fix the comp...... Continue reading
How To Coach Women in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Editorial | November 6 2012 | Comments (10)

Okay, does anybody want some useful little tidbits about coaching women? I hope so, because I’ve got plenty of them. And before you start flinching, this isn’t designed to be one of my sarcastic funny posts. I’ve actually got legit things to say about this. First of all, you have to start with the basic outlook that what the ladies are doing is just as important as what the m...... Continue reading
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