Don't Let My Patella Hit You in the Face: The Myth of Weightlifting's Danger
“Ouch, that looks like it really hurts your knees!”
If you’re a weightlifter, try to make a mental list of how many times you’ve heard somebody say... Continue reading
I Lost My Weightlifting Technique and Now I'm Upset
I’ve always thought that one of the most frustrating things about being a weightlifter is that you can lose your technique.
Let me explain what I mean when I say... Continue reading
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions
I’ve nearly always defined a power snatch (or clean) by a receipt above a parallel squat. This is how I was taught. For the most part, I continue to use this definition because it’s served me fine. However, at times I change my expectations based o... Continue reading
Trust and the Art of Weightlifting Competition
“Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something really cool tha... 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
I have to say I love them.
It’s that start of a new program that has limitless possibilities that I really enjoy. The thought of new PR's and the day to day battle that just gets me fired up to get started.
I have a system I have used for years... 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 stabili... 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
Sample Masters Weightlifting Training Program
The following is a training cycle I wrote to prepare one of our masters lifters for the NorCal Open. He recently began training at Catalyst, and this is the first program I’v... Continue reading