The Point: Technique for Olympic Weightlifting
I spend a lot of time on this website and elsewhere discussing weightlifting technique, often in intolerably boring detail. Why technical proficiency is necessary and important is ... Continue reading
Hips, Meet Bar: Bar-Body Contact in the Extension of the Snatch and Clean
Some topics seem to generate more heat that others, and for some reason, the question of how a barbell should come into contact with the body during the snatch and clean seems to g... Continue reading
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch
A common question is whether or not a lifter should keep the hook grip overhead in the snatch. This is one of those issues that doesn't have a simple answer: what works best can vary among lifters.
The main issue while holding a barbell overhead is stab... Continue reading
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover
A lot more attention tends to be paid to the third pull or turnover of the snatch than the clean, likely because the consequences of poor execution tend to be more dramatic and obv... Continue reading
Overhead Stability in the Snatch
When an athlete has difficulty supporting the bar overhead in the snatch, it's natural to immediately assume there is insufficient strength and to address the problem with strength work. While this may often be the problem, or at least one part of it, ther... Continue reading
Proper Foot Position in the Squat
There is some current discussion on foot position in the squat following a post by Kelly Starrett, and I’ve been asked to comment. This article is not intended to criticize him or anyone else, nor is it intended to stand as irrefutable fact. Its purpose ... Continue reading
Correcting Jerk Weaknesses
Gerasimos Asks: Hello i want to ask a question about jerk training. When a lifter has a weak jerk (strength or technique) is better to perform jerk and assistance exercises in front or behind the head?
There are a huge number of possible causes for problems... Continue reading
The Push Press: Use Your Legs
An exercise I use very frequently both in training and teaching is the push press. The push press has tremendous utility in a multitude of senses and should definitely be a staple of any strength training program.
As an intermediary between the press and th... Continue reading
The Olympic Lift Starting Position: Snatch & Clean
Before we continue, let’s first establish what exactly we’re talking about.
Most importantly, we need to understand this: The purpose of the starting position (and f... Continue reading
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting
Breath control is critical for increasing and maintaining the structural integrity of the torso while under heavy loads. The supporting musculature is alone inadequate—in ord... Continue reading