Passive Stretching & Stability
Static stretching (really static-passive) is presently the bad guy, although it’s been the target of some disdain and challenges for about the last 15 years (here’s an article I wrote in 2006 when we first started seeing concerns about its effects ... Continue reading
Fixing Patellar Tendinitis for Weightlifters
Let me preface this by reminding you that I’m not a medical professional—I’m just a guy with well-used knees who’s coached a lot of athletes with well-used knees. If you have a serious injury or severe tendinopathy, go see a professiona... Continue reading
Thoracic Mobility for Olympic Weightlifting
Most of you have discovered that a solid overhead position for the snatch and jerk requires good thoracic spine mobility to create a platform for shoulder mobility and stability. We also need some T-spine mobility to create an optimal back arch when pulling sn... Continue reading
How to Fix Your Butt Wink… So We Can All Stop Saying Butt Wink
The butt wink… I’m honestly not sure which is more worrisome to me—the actual phenomenon or the commonly accepted term for it. In either case, I’m going to... Continue reading
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
The Press in Snatch: Mobility, Stability & Diagnosis
The press in snatch is one of those exercises that every weightlifter wants to be able to do—they may not have any idea why, but it doesn’t much matter. As it turns out... Continue reading
Get Up & Move
Some of us don't feel like Gumby naturally, even if we actually have pretty good mobility. Often I see lifters feel stiff and uncomfortable in their workouts until they're nearly finished, at which point they observe they finally feel "warm".... Continue reading
How Do You Warm Up For A Weightlifting Exercise?
At this point, I can usually answer questions by pasting a link to an article or video of mine. Every once in a while, I get surprised that I don’t have something to send bec... Continue reading
When You Get Injured… And You Deserve It
I have to start this article with a personal story. We’ll talk about me, and then we’ll talk about you.
Earlier this year, I was preparing for a big powerlifting meet. I had a 16-week training cycle set up, and I was killing it. I was gett... Continue reading
Restorative Modalities for Weightlifters
There are a number of active restorative modalities that need to be employed by lifters to maximize restoration and training capacity. Accessibility will vary among lifters, but efforts will need to be made to do as much as is possible financially and with the... Continue reading