Your Rest Day: Don’t Waste It
Weightlifters look forward to their rest days like a child looks forward to Christmas: You have such high expectations for it, but more often than not, it gets wasted and ends up having detrimental effects on your training instead of positive.
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Shoulder Dislocation Rehabilitation for Weightlifting
The 2015 National Championships for me seemed doomed from 12 weeks out. First, I sustained a minor tear in my iliacus, meaning I was unable to split and had to switch to power jerk... 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
PAIN: The Kind That Goes Away, and the Kind That Doesn’t
When I was in my 20s, I had a lot of roommates. You remember those years, right? It’s when you’re young, going to school, living in crappy rental houses and apartments ... 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
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
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, weightlifters... Continue reading
Lift Before You Lift: Weightlifting Training Warm-ups
You all know how I feel about warming up. I've spent a lot of time explaining it. If you've missed it somehow, I'll distill my thesis to its essence: If you're not ... 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