Why Your Pulls Feel Ten Times Heavier Than Your Lifts
When you started Olympic weightlifting, you learned pretty quickly that it’s a mental sport. “50% mental, 50% physical.” Maybe your coach told you that, or maybe ... Continue reading
Quit Thinking About Missing Your Heavy Lifts While You’re Doing Your Light Ones
My last article was titled Quit Talking About Your Opener Like It’s The Only Lift You’re Planning to Make. This article is called Quit Thinking About Missing Your Heavy... Continue reading
What To Do When Your Workout Just Isn't Happening
You have the perfect training program. And then one day you just can't do what you're supposed to do. You're exhausted, your body hurts, you can't seem to get warm,... Continue reading
Your Hands Are Part of Your Body: Straps & Grip in Weightlifting
Lifting straps are a legitimate training tool for weightlifting—they unquestionably have a purpose and should be used at certain times with certain exercises by every weightl... Continue reading
Ask Greg: How Do I Get Faster in the Olympic Lifts?
Jessica Asks: I've been religiously watching your videos for about a month now and am amazed at the speed at which Aimee gets under the bar!! I’m still a novice at Olympi... Continue reading
When Great Preparation Produces Lousy Training
Once again, my telepathic powers are working in turbo overdrive, because I know what many of you spend a lot of time thinking about.
You put a lot of time and effort i... Continue reading
Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD
There’s a right time for almost everything. There’s a time for peace, and a time for war. There’s a time for pizza, and a time for vegetables. There’s a time for celibacy, and a time for festive fornication.
In your weightlif... Continue reading
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Weightlifting Success
Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time p... Continue reading
Progress... Twice as Hard for Half as Much
In the spring of 1993, I was snatching 120 kilos (264 lbs). I was twenty years old and I had been training as an Olympic lifter for about three years. In my workouts at this time, I was usually doing my snatch pulls with 135-140 kilos. This weight was so heavy... Continue reading
Jerks: From the Rack or Blocks
Having our new jerk tables delivered this morning made me think of a common question—when and why do you use jerk blocks or tables and when do you just take the jerk from a rack and bring it back down yourself? This of course is an opinion sort of questi... Continue reading