The Functionality of Isolation Exercises
The refrain for several years now has been that isolation exercises aren’t “functional.” The push for functional training has had a lot of positive influence on the way the general public exercises, but it’s also produced some absolutel... Continue reading
Are You a Contributor or a Consumer?
Just to give you a little insight into my life, I’ve been writing articles for this website nearly every week for several years—this is number 250. That means that at least part of my Sunday is comprised of me panicking and scratching my head for a... Continue reading
Should Coaches Train with Their Lifters?
Years ago, my coach (Mike Burgener) said something like this: Never train with your lifters, because there are really only two possibilities: either they think you’re an asshole for showing off, or they see how bad you really are.
Personally, I&... Continue reading
Weightlifting Talent & Craziness: Are ALL The Good Ones Nuts?
Does high performance go hand-in-hand with having a difficult personality? Seriously, think about all the famous names you’ve heard about, people who have incredible talents ... Continue reading
Getting Through a Five-Year Setback
You’ve all heard the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So I’m gonna write approximately 1,000 words about a picture.
These articles on the Catalyst Athletics website are always accompanied by a photo. Whe... Continue reading
Going From Level 3 to Level 7: Athlete & Coach Ability
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 entir... Continue reading
I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun... The Predator Cycle
I need to explain the title of this first before I get started. In 1987, I had just finished my freshman year of high school and I went and saw Predator in the theater. This was du... Continue reading
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?
Before you even say it, no, the title isn’t a jab at CrossFitters. This has nothing to do with what sport or activity you choose to pursue, only how you pursue it. It could be CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting or golf.
With the proliferation o... Continue reading
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifter... Continue reading
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay, But... Unsolicited Coaching
Here’s a little story for ya…
I competed in my first powerlifting meet when I was fifteen years old. Back then, I was basically a hick from the mountains who came t... Continue reading