Guide to Training Program Selection
I get a huge volume of messages and emails asking for program recommendations, and it’s impossible for me to respond to them anymore, so this is going to henceforth serve as the Official Guide to Catalyst Athletics Program Selection.
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Dip Snatch/Clean & Snatch/Clean from Power Position: Why
The dip snatch/clean and snatch/clean from power position are exercises I use a lot with my lifters, and there’s a lot of confusion out there on the terminology, execution an... Continue reading
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
Training Through Injuries in Olympic Weightlifting... Or Anything
Injuries and pain in any sport are inevitable, from minor chronic aches and tendinitis to severe acute injuries requiring surgical repair. Equally inevitable is the enormous spectr... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: The Week Structure
Let’s figure out how to put together an Olympic weightlifting microcycle—or as normal people call it, a week. Technically a microcycle doesn’t have to be seven da... Continue reading
Prilepin’s Table for Olympic Weightlifting
This little table makes the rounds on the internet regularly and is a staple of some coaches’ programming… just not any weightlifting coaches I know of. The idea that it’s useful for writing programming is incomplete at best. It’s not ... Continue reading
Programming’s Effect on Technique
It’s easy to compartmentalize training for strength and technique as two unrelated elements of the snatch and clean & jerk and to approach coaching and program design accordingly. It does make sense in many ways, but I want to point out a few things ... Continue reading
Daily Minimums: Focus on the Baseline Over the Peaks
For obvious reasons, we’re all focused in weightlifting on our all-time best lifts; the sport is contested on exactly that. But in training, that’s only one useful metr... Continue reading
Max Every Day… Can It Be Done?
There are a few broad categories of programming approaches for weightlifting. For our purposes here, we can create two types: prescribed intensity that follows a predetermined plan of progression, and working to maximum each day. Typically you’ll hear th... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Strengthening the Lower Back
Wayne Asks: What are some of the best exercises you prescribe your athletes to strengthen lower backs? My weak lower back is more obvious from snatching than cleaning.
Greg Says: I choose different exercises in different circumstances. First, figure out whe... Continue reading