Weightlifting Straps: When & Why to Use Them
The purpose of straps is to allow us to lift more than we could without them, both in terms of weight and volume. The trick is using them to our advantage and not to our detriment.
For a lot of lifters, using straps will immediately allow them to snat... Continue reading
Why Lower Jerks to the Shoulders?
With the increased accessibility of jerk blocks these days, often lifters ask why they should lower jerks back to their shoulders? The most obvious answer is still: because not everyone has jerk blocks, and they still may need to do multiple-rep sets of the je... Continue reading
How to Improve Speed in Weightlifting
A question I get frequently, and one I break a lot of hearts responding to, is how to improve speed in the snatch and clean. My answer is heartbreaking because speed—and by speed I mean the actual speed of muscular contraction and consequent joint motion... Continue reading
Using Video in Training Most Effectively
Just about every weightlifter out there uses video one way or another these days, whether or not they work in-person with a coach. I don’t need to point out the value of video, but it does warrant some discussion on how to best use it to maximize the ben... Continue reading
Routine, Not Superstition: Don’t Turn an Advantage into a Liability
An important contributor to technical ability, focus and confidence in weightlifting is the establishment and maintenance of routines. Consistent sequences and habits mean les... Continue reading
Grip Training for Weightlifters and Beyond
Specificity is king—that will never change in regards to strength sport. However, in recent years I have consistently found myself championing the importance of general physical strength and its positive effects for the competitive Olympic weightlifter. ... Continue reading
Lose the Belt. Some of the Time.
Weightlifting belts are a handy piece of gear, and one of the few I think are worthwhile. Since the dawn of internet time, belts have been at the center of questions regarding value, purpose and use, and you have about as wide a range of opinions on this as an... Continue reading
Don't Jump with Your Arms
I like box jumps for weightlifting. It's a very simple, accessible way to train explosiveness. What I don't like is when box jumps are done in ways that reduce their effectiveness or create problems.
The point of box jumps in the context of weightli... Continue reading
Your Unreasonable Expectation of Comfort in Weightlifting
A sport is like anything else—how committed you are determines how it affects the rest of your life. The extent of your investment in it changes the way it influences your de... Continue reading
Investing Time for Progress: Routine, Detail & Patience in the Olympic Lifts
I'm pretty frequently surprised by how impatient new and intermediate weightlifters are in a number of ways, from their expectations of progress to their rush to get through a ... Continue reading