Static Stretching in a Warm-up: Will You Die?
About twelve years ago, a burst of information started popping up with regard to negative affects of static stretching on performance of explosive athletic movement and propriocept... Continue reading
Real World Overhead Mobility for Weightlifting
Matt Foreman wrote a flattering article about one of my lifters, Alyssa Sulay, last week and we received quite a few requests for more information about what exactly Alyssa and I h... Continue reading
Pre-Workout Foam Rolling for Olympic Weightlifting
There are things that come and go quickly in training, and there are those that stick around for the long haul. The former are usually the shiny, exciting new tricks that never act... Continue reading
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Let me start this pile of words off with two things...
1. I hate mobility work. When I get to the gym, I want to lift, not roll around on a bunch of over priced dog toys for 30 minutes. I don’t read books about it or pore over videos of people strapp... Continue reading
Shut Up, Flexibility
A couple weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter in which I talked about the secret to flexibility being no secret at all, but simply commitment over time to work and consistency. In other words, there are no magic tricks or secret formulas or fancy gadgets that wi... Continue reading
The Superhero Complex: Stretch & Activate Easily for Squats
Easily the most common problem people bring up with regard to squatting is an inability to maintain the arch in their backs as they sit into the bottom position. This is not a comp... Continue reading
The Russian Baby Maker: The Best Hip Stretch You've Never Heard Of
I’ve mentioned the Russian Baby Maker a few times now on the website but have only managed to describe it briefly within a long article about warming-up. It’s a bit tou... Continue reading
Flexibility for the Overhead Squat
Bob Asks: Sorry if this is covered elsewhere, but I could not find it in Greg’s book (which I own) or on the website. I am 44 and just starting O-lifting lessons here in Singapore. Working the normal progressions w/ a shower curtain rod.
Am nearly 6&... Continue reading
Catalyst Athletics: Our Warm-up is a Warm-up
Somewhere along the line, warming up became remarkably complicated. And for some, the line between warming up and training has faded to the point that I find myself compelled to say things like the title of this post.
Whenever you start getting confused abo... Continue reading
Sample Weightlifting Flexibility Program
Flexibility is easily the biggest limiter for athletes starting to use the Olympic lifts. Of course, stretching is also the most boring thing you can possibly do. Getting someone flexible is less about what works and what doesn't, and more about what the in... Continue reading