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Information on training program design for Olympic weightlifting.
How Do I Select Weights & Reps in a Weightlifting Program?

I’m always amused seeing what people have to say online about weightlifting program design—it’s either the most complex thing in the world that no one except a few geniuses somewhere in Asia and Europe understand...
Ask Greg: Improving Clean: Power Clean and Snatch: Overhead Squat Ratios

Erika Asks: Hi Coach, I’ve just started Olympic Lifting a couple months ago and I'm having issues with my catch position in the clean. I can easily power clean 115#s but I'm unable to do a full clean with more than 1...
There Are Different Levels of Old: Masters Weightlifting Programming

Weightlifting has seen a big increase in participation in the last few years, due primarily to the influence of CrossFit. Many of the new lifters coming to the sport are, as you might call it, "mature", and this has crea...
On The Minute Training for Weightlifting

If you’ve used any of my training programs on this website, there’s a good chance you’ve done on the minute lifts—I find it very effective and most lifters find it at least somewhat enjoyable. If you haven&...
Max Every Day… Can It Be Done?

There are a few broad categories of programming approaches for weightlifting. For our purposes here, we can create two types: prescribed intensity that follows a predetermined plan of progression, and working to maximum each day. ...
Daily Minimums: Focus on the Baseline Over the Peaks

For obvious reasons, we’re all focused in weightlifting on our all-time best lifts; the sport is contested on exactly that. But in training, that’s only one useful metric, and in many ways at many times, it’s not...
Programming’s Effect on Technique

It’s easy to compartmentalize training for strength and technique as two unrelated elements of the snatch and clean & jerk and to approach coaching and program design accordingly. It does make sense in many ways, but I w...
Prilepin’s Table for Olympic Weightlifting

This little table makes the rounds on the internet regularly and is a staple of some coaches’ programming… just not any weightlifting coaches I know of. The idea that it’s useful for writing programming is incom...
Weightlifting Program Design: The Week Structure

Let’s figure out how to put together an Olympic weightlifting microcycle—or as normal people call it, a week. Technically a microcycle doesn’t have to be seven days, but unless you have absolutely nothing else ha...