Warm-up Early: Weightlifting Training Mobility & Preparation
Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day i... Continue reading
Spasm! Dang it! Differentiating between Pain & Injuries in Weightlifting
We’re all such a bunch of little go-getters, aren’t we?
We love to train hard. One of the big pleasures in our lives is going to the gym and working our asses off un... Continue reading
Finding Doctors With Answers
Let me tell you a fun little story.
Back around 1999, I went to see a doctor about the pain in my knees. Like most of you, knee pain was nothing new and I was used to living with it. But in this situation, mine was nasty enough that I decided to take the ad... Continue reading
Training with Pain, It's Such a Happy Thing
A neat little motivational motto has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s the one that says, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” You’ve seen it, right? It’s all over t-shirts, gym posters, etc.
“Pain is weakness... 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
Knee Pain: Patellar Tendonitis and Coming Back to Weightlifting
Andrew Asks: Been reading your site and came across your Q&A section and figured I'd give it a shot. I am a 25yr old male, 6'3" 230. Here is my dilemma: been train... 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