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Weightlifting Competition Warm-ups: The Importance of Flexibility
Travis Cooper | Olympic Weightlifting | January 12 2015 | Comments

With the increasing number of competitors at national events comes an increase in competition. Weightlifting is now more exciting than ever to watch from the crowd, but what most people do not understand is what goes on in the back room with the coaches and the athletes before they even take a competition attempt. The back room is one of the most exciting places to be for a coach, and one of the m...... Continue reading
Fixing a Slow Turnover in the Snatch or Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 5 2015 | Comments (4)

Your movement under the bar in the snatch or clean can be slow for a few different reasons, and that will affect what exercises help. If it’s truly the pull under the bar that’s slow, it may be a strength issue, a technique issue, or a lack of aggressiveness. The following discusses the snatch specifically, but it applies to the clean as well with the exception of the overhead position...... Continue reading
And That's When the Whores Come In: Weightlifting Behavior
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 29 2014 | Comments (3)

You want to know something I’ve noticed over the last few years since I’ve been writing for Catalyst Athletics? You guys love articles that have lists.   Know what I mean? I’m talking about the articles you read on this website with titles like Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk, 10 Things All Weightlifters Should Know, 7 Steps to Better Coaching and so forth. In othe...... Continue reading
Going From Level 3 to Level 7: Athlete & Coach Ability
Matt Foreman | General Training | December 16 2014 | Comments

Let me tell you one of the best things I know about coaching and athlete performance.   First of all, good coaching is important. If you’ve got an athlete (or an entire program) that’s stuck in a hole, inserting a good coach into the equation can change the whole landscape. Athletes can go from mediocrity to ass-kicking in a big hurry if they have the right leadership. Alexander...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 8 2014 | Comments (5)

It's been mentioned here before, but the amount of attention the jerk is given by the internet weightlifting world with regard to technique is almost non-existent compared to the snatch and clean (Apparently it’s tougher to make up names for things that everyone’s already doing and pass them off as new ideas in the jerk). I didn’t learn how to jerk correctly until I had already s...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Training Frequency for Adults: How Many Days per Week?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 1 2014 | Comments (16)

I had a revelation the other day.   I was sitting on my couch, curled up in a blanket and sipping cocoa while I stroked my cat, when something pretty important occurred to me. Want to know what it was?   Many of you probably fall into two groups: Adult lifters who are training on your own Coaches who work with adult lifters In both of these cases, you’re in a pos...... Continue reading
Missing Snatches Behind: Diagnosis & Correction
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 24 2014 | Comments (3)

We’ve all done it—missed a snatch behind and reassured ourselves by saying a miss behind is better than a miss in front. I would agree that in some cases this is true, but definitely not always, and the causes of a miss behind need to be identified and corrected just like any other miss. Following are the most common reasons for misses behind and ways to fix them.     Exce...... Continue reading
What You SHOULD Be Learning From the Weightlifting World Championship
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 17 2014 | Comments (3)

I’m writing this article as the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships are coming to an end. For the last week, we’ve been watching the best lifters on the planet break world records and battle for medals. The internet has been on fire with videos of these hellacious performances.  The competitive excitement has been blowing our minds. You get the point. Basica...... Continue reading
Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 3 2014 | Comments

There’s a right time for almost everything. There’s a time for peace, and a time for war. There’s a time for pizza, and a time for vegetables. There’s a time for celibacy, and a time for festive fornication.   In your weightlifting life, there’s a time for tunnel vision, and a time for training ADD.   Let me give you the definitions of those terms so you...... Continue reading
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Weightlifting Success
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 27 2014 | Comments (4)

Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measured in small numbers over large spans of time, having sound programming and strategy is even more important. Part of that is doing everything you can to...... Continue reading
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