Olympic Weightlifting Instructional
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Fix Your Forward Dip In The Jerk
Comments | June 21 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Most important is understanding what should be happening: the trunk should start and remain vertical, which means you can bend only at the knees.   Second, it doesn’t matter if you’...
Fix Back Hyperextension in the Split Jerk
Comments | June 9 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

In the split jerk, we’re looking for a solid trunk when we receive the bar—the spine neutral and everything braced forcefully. It’s common to instead see the lower back hyperextended...
The Shrug In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | June 2 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Through years of miscommunication, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and plenty of plain-old terrible coaching, the issue of shrugging in the snatch and clean has become a confusing topic for no go...
Full Grip In The Clean?
Comments | May 16 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Generally it’s considered ideal to maintain a full grip on the bar through the clean turnover and in the rack position—it can help maintain a better connection in the pull under and reduce...
Power Vs Squat Vs Split Jerk: Which Should You Use?
Comments | May 2 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

It’s easy to be seduced by the simplicity of the power or push jerk, or the glamor of the squat jerk, and to be frustrated or overwhelmed by the dancing feet of the split jerk and give up on it....
How To Spot The Squat
Comments | April 12 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Spotting squats in weightlifting is less about safety than allowing greater performance. All athletes should learn how to bail out of a failed squat safely and never have to rely on a spotter to save ...
Arm Bend In Snatch & Clean Pulls?
Comments | March 28 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

It’s common in snatch and clean pulls for athletes to lock the arms straight, but this is problematic for three primary reasons.   First, it makes it very likely the bar will be forced aw...
Top 3 Reasons Your Snatch Isn’t Close
Comments | March 21 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

We all know it’s important to keep the bar as close as possible in the snatch, but actually making it happen while also being maximally aggressive is another story.   Here are the 3 most ...
Fix Bouncing Elbows In The Jerk
Comments | March 7 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Do your jerks look like someone dropping a barbell onto a pile of timid marshmallows? Well quit falling under them like you’ve momentarily lost all electrical activity in your nervous system! &...
Bar Back Not Head Forward
Comments | February 21 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

In the snatch and jerk, there’s a critical difference between putting the bar over the back of your neck, and putting the back of your neck under the bar.   The proper overhead position i...
Chest Up? Or Stay Over The Bar?
Comments | February 14 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Let me explain why the cues “chest up” and “stay over the bar” are not only not contradictory, but a perfect pairing, because this gets confusing to a lot of you.   ...
Prepare For Better Stability Overhead
Comments | January 10 2022 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Any time you’re doing overhead lifts from behind the neck, set your shoulder blades into position before you start—squeeze the upper inside edges together forcefully to retract and upwardl...
The Overhead Wrist Position
Comments | November 29 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Despite feeling a bit like I’m walking in circles throwing gasoline on a fire beneath the dead horse I’m beating, I want to add to my original overhead wrist position video because there a...
3 Ways To Instantly Strengthen Your Pull
Comments | November 22 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

I realize this is a click-baity title, but so many of you make your pulls so much harder than they need to, so here we are.   Step one is bracing your trunk maximally. This does 2 things: First...
Fix Your Sloppy Lockout In The Jerk & Snatch
Comments | October 4 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Don’t even talk to me about cues or exercises to fix your terrible lockout if you don’t hold your push presses forcefully overhead!   Every single push press rep you do is an easy o...
Push Down Better In The Snatch Balance
Comments | September 27 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The goal in the snatch balance is to push your body down under the bar, not to drive the bar up.   The dip and drive used in the snatch balance is unlike that in the jerk—we’re not ...
One Exercise To Fix Your Jerk
Comments | September 13 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The pause jerk strengthens the dip, builds power for the drive, improves the dip position and balance, helps avoid a forward drive, makes it easier to practice the proper timing and direction of the s...
Hang Vs Blocks
Comments | September 6 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Let’s answer the age-old question: when and why do we use lifts from the hang versus the blocks?   Like most things, what’s best depends on the lifter and the circumstances—wh...
Finishing The Pull
Comments | August 23 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Coaches love to yell about finishing the pull, and lifters love to have no idea what that means or how to do it, so we’re going to build a bridge right now to bring everyone together into a utop...
What Do The Arms Do In The Snatch?
Comments | August 9 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

During the first and second pulls, the arms essentially just connect the bar to the extending body. The primary goal in these phases is to keep the bar as close as possible to the body without draggin...
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