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Dos and Don'ts of Meet Day: Weightlifting Competition Preparation
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | July 24 2012 | Comments (14)

These are the do’s and don’ts of what to do and not do on meet day that I have either watched or experienced myself over the years.  1.       Do make weight. Be prepared for this and buy a good scale or get there early enough to check the one they are using. Be polite and don’t cut in front of people who are actually weighing in. Just ask whoev...... Continue reading
Lifting for Revenge
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 17 2012 | Comments (6)

Alternative teeny rock isn’t my number-one choice of music, but there are a few songs in the genre that I dig. One of them is “Misery Business” by the band Paramore. The lyrics were written by their lead singer, a little peach named Hayley Williams. The song is pretty simple, actually. A girl is gloating because she stole a boy away from another girl she hates like hell. She jack...... Continue reading
The Trouble with Pulls: Snatch & Clean Pull Weights
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | July 9 2012 | Comments (12)

Traditionally, snatch and clean pulls are prescribed as a percentage of a lifter’s maximum snatch or clean. This generally keeps pulls appropriately quick and technically sound rather than allowing them to get slow and change the lifter’s balance and timing. Typically pulls are done with 80-105% of the lifter’s best snatch or clean, and for a lifter who is well-developed technica...... Continue reading
Sample One-Week Weightlifting Training Program
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 8 2012 | Comments (7)

A lot of you guys are Performance Menu subscribers, right? For those of you who are, you might have noticed that we’ve been running a special section in the magazine for the past few issues. About eight months ago, I was cleaning out some old boxes in my garage and I found my training journal from 1993. This was when I was twenty-one and training with the Calpian weightlifting club in Wa...... Continue reading
Jerks: From the Rack or Blocks
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 27 2012 | Comments (15)

Having our new jerk tables delivered this morning made me think of a common question—when and why do you use jerk blocks or tables and when do you just take the jerk from a rack and bring it back down yourself? This of course is an opinion sort of question, so don’t take the following as some kind of weightlifting fact. Plenty of great jerkers have never once done a jerk workout wit...... Continue reading
Finding Doctors With Answers
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 25 2012 | Comments (10)

Let me tell you a fun little story. Back around 1999, I went to see a doctor about the pain in my knees. Like most of you, knee pain was nothing new and I was used to living with it. But in this situation, mine was nasty enough that I decided to take the advice of my coach and see a physician to get it checked out. Now, we had a woman who trained in our gym at the time who was one of those peop...... Continue reading
Adjust for the Jerk or Go Home.
Steve Pan | Quick Tips | June 20 2012 | Comments (4)

What really grinds my gears in weightlifting is seeing people jerk with their arms in the front squat position. I cringe when I imagine them jerking with the elbows so far forward they will have to perform a skull crusher to get the bar up there, fingers barely on the bar that if they don’t sneak them around they will get twisted underneath. There is no reason you should not re-adjust you...... Continue reading
Change of Pace, Let's Do Some Jerks
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 18 2012 | Comments (5)

This post will be a little different from what I’ve been putting up lately. I’ve written a lot of stuff in recent weeks about motivation, lifestyle, inspiration, etc. I’ve loved doing it, many of you have given me some really kind words that I won’t forget, and I’ll come back to those subjects in the future. But for right now, let’s just get some straightforward...... Continue reading
Where Our Work Ethic Comes From
Matt Foreman | Editorial | June 4 2012 | Comments (8)

We all probably realize that work ethic is one of the most essential qualities a weightlifter can have. When you’re really pushing the limits of your ability in this sport, the physical challenges are beyond almost any other type of activity you’ll ever attempt. If you’re not a hard worker, you don’t have a prayer. I think we learn our work ethic as we grow up. Some of ...... Continue reading
Tighten up the Bar, Lifter Will Repeat
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | May 31 2012 | Comments (7)

Just about 6 years ago I entered my first weightlifting meet. I had been Olympic lifting for about 4 months and wanted to get into a meet before I took off for Iraq for the next 7 months. So there was a group traveling from San Diego up to San Francisco for the California State Games at a local High School. It was a great time and I learned plenty about competing in a meet and what the difference ...... Continue reading
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