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The Double Knee Bend: It’s Not Going Away Just Because You Pretend It's Not There
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 29 2016 | Comments (11)

I get a lot of emails and texts throughout my days. The great thing about this is that I have an organic network of people feeding me things they’ve found in their time browsing the internet so I don’t have to spend time looking at anything myself—I just get sent the ridiculous, the confusing and the interesting and have the luxury to choose what to ignore and what to get irritat...... Continue reading
Interview: Samantha Lower
Matt Foreman | Interviews | February 24 2016 | Comments (1)

It’s a lot of fun to hear from weightlifters who have gone through the whole range of experiences in this sport. The excitement of getting started, the great early years when you’re constantly getting better and improving, the plateaus, the injuries, the times when you have to step away for a while, the comebacks, the big moments…all that jazz. Samantha Lower is only 26 years ol...... Continue reading
Harsh Comments From Weightlifting Coaches…And Why They’re Awesome
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 22 2016 | Comments (4)

Do you have thick skin, or do you get your feelings hurt easily? Think about that for a second. How sensitive are you?   I have pretty thick skin, for the most part. I grew up playing football, and I also coached it for ten years. Football is a great way to develop some hard bark on you. When you play, your coaches will verbally rip you in half. And when you coach, you get to wake up in the...... Continue reading
Why Do We Recover Front Foot First in the Split Jerk?
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | February 17 2016 | Comments (2)

Most coaches will hammer their lifters and reinforce the idea that we want to recover from the split jerk by stepping back with the front foot about a third of the way back first, and then bring the back foot up to meet it. The basic explanation is usually something along the lines that we don't want the athlete taking a big step and creating excessive horizontal movement of the bar overhead, ...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: Flexibility in Prescriptions
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 15 2016 | Comments

There are approximately infinity ways to write weightlifting training programs. Some coaches stick with the same basic approach at all times adjusted to different skill and experience levels; others change drastically among their lifters even at the same skill and experience level. But one of the basic elements of all approaches is whether or not to prescribe intensity (i.e. percentages or actual ...... Continue reading
Pulling Position at the Knee: Get It Right
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | February 10 2016 | Comments

Posture and balance in the pulls of the snatch and clean are as important as anything gets in the lifts (every element is the most important). Shins upright and nearly vertical Shoulders directly above to slightly in front of the bar Shoulders should remain in front of or above the bar until the bar is at least at lower thigh, and ideally closer to mid-thigh. The shoulders should never ...... Continue reading
Interview: Ursula Garza Papandrea
Matt Foreman | Interviews | February 10 2016 | Comments

When I set up this interview, it occurred to me that I’ve known Ursula Garza Papandrea throughout my entire weightlifting career. She’s one of the few people I interview who has been in the sport longer than I have. I don’t remember where we met for the first time, but I know we’ve been friends for many years, and it’s a special treat to deliver her story to you. &nb...... Continue reading
The Rip-Dive-Crash Technique… And Why It Will Kill You
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 8 2016 | Comments (3)

This is a technique article, and many of you need this input pretty bad. So I’m gonna get right to the point. No stories or jokes to set the mood.   Many of you have rough technique. We know this, right? You’re not stupid or worthless or anything, and I’m not insulting you. You’re developing weightlifters, and straightening out your technique on the road to making it...... Continue reading
Do We Need the Magic Front Squat to Back Squat Ratio?
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | February 1 2016 | Comments (1)

A big chunk of the questions that I am asked are about squats. Many people are in search of the ideal squat routine and an ideal ratio of front to back squats. While I do think that most of these questions come from not understanding the basic concepts of programming, I find such an interest for the squats a positive trend. At least athletes do understand that proper squatting may play a crucial r...... Continue reading
That Fine Line between Being Tough and Being Stupid
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | January 27 2016 | Comments (1)

If I were to take a poll of all the weightlifters out there and ask how many of you are hurt right now, I bet it would be a decent number. Now if I ask the same group how many of you are actively doing something about it, that number is probably significantly lower than the group whose plan is just to keep training and hope it will go away and or get better with time. I am that guy. I will push...... Continue reading
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