I’m So Sick of Your Sloppy Reps
I was asked the other day what my pet peeve with novice lifters is, and conveniently enough, it’s the same for all levels of lifters and athletes across all sports, in fact: sloppy reps and the mindset that allows them.
Let me make myself clear:... Continue reading
How to Quit Hitting Your Pubic Bone When You Snatch
Not many things kill your interest in snatching as quickly as smashing your pubic bone with the bar. That’s why I recommend against it.
I’ve heard a surprising... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Stabilizing in the Bottom of the Snatch
Kamil Asks: Hey! I'd like to ask you how to work on stabilization in a hole of a snatch. I'm lifting for less than 2 years now, and my biggest issues are my shoulders and k... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Speed Under The Bar & Receiving Depth
Nathan Asks: I'm a beginner coach, teaching beginners how to perform the lifts, so kinda like the vision impaired leading the blind… Kinda… We have a basic unders... Continue reading
Push Through the Pull Under: Snatch & Clean Timing
One of the toughest concepts in weightlifting to grasp—and to explain—is the timing of the transition between the second and third pulls of the snatch and clean. The ba... Continue reading
Creating the Optimal Back Arch in The Snatch & Clean
Back extension is a touchy subject, and has been for as long as I can remember. We even used to have an exercise called a hyperextension… and then suddenly that was too frig... Continue reading
The Hook Grip: Why & How to Do It Correctly
Once again, I’m bewildered that I haven’t yet written an article on the hook grip here—this is one of the most fundamental pieces in the weightlifting puzzle, and also something that gives a lot of new lifters a great deal of trouble because ... Continue reading
Are Your Elbows Actually the Problem in Your Overhead Position?
In the way that overhead squat immobility often gets blamed on the shoulders when the problem is actually the lower body, often an athlete's inability to lock the elbows secure... Continue reading
Getting the Bar Past the Knees in the Snatch & Clean
I’ve said before that the complexity of the first pull is commonly underestimated by new lifters because of its apparent simplicity, especially in comparison to the rest of t... Continue reading
Hold Your Grip Longer for Better Clean Turnovers
If your cleans tend to crash onto your shoulders, even with lighter weights, you can smooth out the turnover and stay better connected to the bar by holding a full grip longer (If ... Continue reading