Olympic Weightlifting Instructional
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Bar Contact In The Snatch & Clean | Brush Or Bang?
Comments | September 21 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

How and when the bar contacts the body in the snatch and clean—and even whether or not it should—is an ongoing source of confusion for new lifters, so we’re going to sort you out rig...
How To Stop Swinging Snatch & Clean Pulls
Comments | September 7 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Pulls are the perfect opportunity to improve the way the bar and body interact in the extension of the snatch and clean, so take advantage of it and avoid the most common mistake—swinging the ba...
Dial In Your Squat
Comments | July 27 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

All right, let’s get your squat all sorted out. Bear in mind that we’re talking specifically about an Olympic squat here—some of the details on depth, bottom position and stance will...
How Speed Of Pull Under Affects Receiving Depth
Comments | July 13 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Let’s clear up a common misconception: pulling under a snatch or clean harder and faster does not make you receive the lift in a deeper squat—it makes you receive it higher.   Pulli...
How To Find Your Split Jerk Stance
Comments | June 29 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Not sure how to find your split stance for the jerk? Here you go in 3 quick steps.   Stand in your squat stance and turn your heels out until your feet are straight forward.   Slide one ...
Are You Over The Bar?
Comments | June 18 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

You know you’re supposed to stay over the bar in the pull, and you know what it’s supposed to look like, but you can’t feel if you are—how can you tell?   Easy! The arms...
Better Back Arch For The Snatch & Clean
Comments | June 1 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

If you struggle to establish and maintain a solid back arch in the pull of the snatch and clean, listen up. Assuming you’re actually trying to arch your back properly, your disgusting squishy ba...
Wrist Strength For Olympic Weightlifting
Comments | May 18 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

If you’re having trouble stabilizing your hands and wrists overhead, are dependent on wrist wraps or tape as a beginner or intermediate lifter, or are having wrist and hand discomfort lifting, h...
Push The Knees Back In The Pull?
Comments | May 11 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

In the pull of the snatch or clean, you shouldn’t need to actively push your knees back.   If your knees are in the way of the bar, be sure that your starting position places the bar over...
Training Through Injury
Comments | May 4 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Training through injuries requires a few things: Creativity Adaptability Motivation There is virtually no injury that will prevent you from training—what stops you is losing touch wit...
Quit Scraping Your Shins In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | April 20 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

No, having bloody shins doesn’t mean you’re doing a good job keeping the bar close in the pull—it means you’re doing something wrong, and putting the rest of us at risk for com...
Olympic Weightlifting Self-Correction Tools
(1) Comments | April 9 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Bringing back my favorite self-correction tools for all of you stuck training alone without your coaches....
Fix Uneven Feet In The Snatch Or Clean
Comments | March 30 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Do your feet land unevenly in the snatch or clean?   First of all, STOP PANICKING… It’s really not that big of a deal.   Next, work on your hip flexor strength and balance. ...
Push The Bar Back In The Jerk
Comments | March 2 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Remember—the bar in the jerk should move backward slightly from its starting position. If you move it straight up, it’s too far forward, and your base is behind it rather than balanced dir...
Jerk Grip Width
Comments | February 19 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

What’s the best width for the jerk grip? The one that makes YOU jerk the most weight!   First, my default width for starting lifters is the same as the clean – about half a fist to ...
Fix Incomplete Hip Extension In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | February 3 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

If you have trouble completely extending your hips in the snatch or clean, here’s a simple way to fix it.   In the final extended position, we’re looking for vertically extended leg...
Best Exercise For Snatch & Clean Balance & Positional Strength
Comments | January 27 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

One of my favorite exercises to improve pulling posture, strength and balance for the snatch and clean is the floating halting deadlift on riser.   Use the same starting position you’d us...
Staying Over The Bar In The Snatch & Clean: What, Why & How
Comments | January 21 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

See this on fixing the problem You hear the cue to stay over the bar in the snatch and clean, but you’re not sure what that means, and you may even find yourself bewildered by the fact that e...
Fix Knee Valgus In The Jerk Dip
Comments | January 6 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Do you look like you’re trying to squeeze an orange between your knees at the bottom of the jerk dip? Here are some ways to fix it. Bear in mind that this is an extremely stubborn problem to fix...
Understanding The Athlete Card For Olympic Weightlifting Competition
Comments | December 27 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

For those of you new to weightlifting competition, let’s sort out the athlete card. These will be used at all levels of competition, and although they may look a bit different, you’ll find...
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