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Use Your Legs
Steve Pan | Quick Tips | October 3 2012 | Comments (3)

Every now and then an athlete will have a flash of insight that will improve their game from that point on. In hindsight they are always the most obvious pieces of information but never hit home. During my first squat cycle Greg had made a comment to me about using my legs for squats as a joke. As he said it that lightning bolt of information hit the tip of my brain and everything made sense t...... Continue reading
10 Things New WOMEN Weightlifters Should Know
Aimee Anaya Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 1 2012 | Comments (40)

1. Lift with other girls. Lifting with men is motivating; however, they just don’t understand certain things. Such as why we act crazy in the gym. Only girls can understand why you have to turn up Fergalicious or Beat It on Pandora to pump you up and/or have you break out in your PR dance. I think other girls, especially those who you have built a strong friendship with and have a sense of l...... Continue reading
A Letter to Catalyst Athletics (and Everybody Else)
Matt Foreman | Editorial | September 24 2012 | Comments (6)

Do you ever get embarrassed when you think about some of the stupid things you said when you were younger? I think we all probably do. We remember some idiotic comments we made, things we knew we shouldn’t have said out loud, and we wonder how our heads ever got jammed so far up our butts. I cringe sometimes when I think about stuff that came out of my mouth when I was in my twenties. Ov...... Continue reading
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 17 2012 | Comments (17)

A big mistake with the snatch and clean is trying to initiate the final explosion too soon. This can create a list of problems, including shifting your balance too far forward, pushing the bar away from your body, preventing a complete extension of the hips, and limiting the speed and height of the bar. Bring the barbell back into your body as it leaves the floor, and continue using the lats to pu...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Anxiety...It Never Goes Away
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 10 2012 | Comments (3)

You’re a weightlifter at a national championship. It’s the night before you compete, and you’re alone in your hotel room. These are the thoughts that go through your mind: I wish I had my own room. I would totally get my own room if I had any money. I have to room with four of my teammates, and they all competed already because they’re in the lighter weight classes and t...... Continue reading
Move Your Feet: The Third Pull of the Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 5 2012 | Comments (9)

Do you find that your feet never quite end up where they need to be when you snatch or clean? For example, they're always too far behind you? Try actively lifting your feet and replacing them flat on the platform, focusing on landing on the whole foot, not the balls of the feet, and directly under the bar. You might be surprised how much it improves your balance and position when receiving the...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: Feelings vs. Planning
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 3 2012 | Comments (4)

There are a lot of different ways to train as a weightlifter, but two broad categories can be described by either planning and prescribing all the numbers (e.g. weights, reps, sets) or training by feel, which can mean making decisions on everything from weights to reps to the actual exercises performed on a given day. Personally I like it all—nothing to extremes. I believe strongly t...... Continue reading
Spread the Bar, But Not That Way: Holding the Snatch Overhead
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 29 2012 | Comments (2)

A lot of people have been cued to "spread the bar" or "pull the bar apart" when overhead in the snatch. I'm not a big fan of this cue, because in my mind, the effort to pull a bar apart means gripping it tightly. A tight grip on the bar overhead and/or as you're trying to finalize the lockout will slow the elbow extension down and limit how well the elbows can ext end. If y...... Continue reading
Athlete Selection for Weightlifting
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | August 29 2012 | Comments (8)

One of the topics touched upon by national coach Zygmunt Smalcerz was the selection of candidates for the national weightlifting program in Poland. To many readers this may sound like a novel concept since we don’t practice it in this country, and there is a considerable bias against selection for elite programs in general. In an effort to counter ageism, sexism, racism and any number of o...... Continue reading
Getting Under the Split Jerk Properly
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 27 2012 | Comments

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are good at the jerk, and those who are not. For the latter group, there are so many things that can go wrong or be misunderstood that it can be very daunting to correct the movement. One of the big problems is moving into the split posiiton properly. First, it's important to understand that the dip and drive of the jerk, whether split, powe...... Continue reading
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