Olympic Weightlifting Instructional
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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...
Back Knee Bent In The Split Jerk?
Comments | August 2 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Should the back knee be bent in the split jerk? Yes, but not necessarily very much.   We want the back knee at least slightly bent for 2 primary reasons:   First, a locked back leg pushe...
Pulling Posture For The Snatch & Clean
Comments | July 19 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

In the pull of the snatch and clean, we want to maintain approximately the same back angle from the starting position to above the knees.   We can expect and accept minor shifting of this angle...
Stop Collapsing In The Clean
Comments | June 14 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

There are several possible reasons for collapsing when receiving cleans—far more than simply not having a strong enough trunk.   As a basic diagnostic, if you’re able to properly fr...
1-Minute Clean Tutorial
Comments | May 10 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

How to clean in one minute...
1-Minute Jerk Tutorial
Comments | April 26 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

How to split jerk in one minute...
1-Minute Snatch Tutorial
Comments | April 19 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

How to snatch in 1 minute...
Stop Swinging The Bar Around The Knees
Comments | April 12 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

If you’re swinging the bar around your knees in the snatch or clean, here’s the checklist for correction:   Position the bar over the balls of the foot rather than trying to get it ...
Quicker Elbows In The Clean Turnover
Comments | March 29 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The speed and accuracy of the clean turnover is based on the pivot point of the motion.   We have two basic options: the elbow, or the bar.   When the elbow is the pivot point, the motio...
Split Jerk Balance: Technique Primer
Comments | March 15 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

One of the trickiest parts of the split jerk for many athletes is moving into the split position without shifting the entire body and balance forward. The jerk balance is a helpful technique primer to...
Dropping Under Cleans
Comments | March 8 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

A classic mistake in the clean is dropping out from under the bar and allowing it to crash down into the rack. This means misses or unnecessarily difficult recoveries, with excessive downward force, l...
Fix Press-Outs In The Snatch & Jerk
Comments | February 22 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

There are a number of possible causes for pressing out snatches or jerks, and in order to fix the problem, you need to determine why it’s happening. Following are the most common causes and fixe...
Clean Turnover Precision | Weightlifting Technique Primer
Comments | January 11 2021 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

If your pull under your cleans looks like someone knocked over a bucket of spare body parts, the tall muscle clean is a good technique primer to use before your clean sessions. Do a few sets of 5 reps...
Snatch Turnover Speed | Weightlifting Technique Primer
(1) Comments | December 21 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

There are a number of possible factors contributing to a slow snatch turnover, and I’ll talk about other exercises for specific issues later, but the tall snatch is the go-to for the turnover in...
Better Leg Drive In The Snatch | Snatch With No Jump/Feet
Comments | December 7 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

A good way to improve the aggression, timing and duration of your leg drive in the snatch is using the snatch with no jump—or as some of you goofballs call it, a no foot snatch—but only if...
Leg Drive Vs. Leg Extension
Comments | November 23 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Let’s talk about leg extension vs leg drive, because this is one of those odd things about the body that usually doesn’t immediately make sense, but has serious practical implications for ...
Split Jerk Recovery: Front Foot First
Comments | November 2 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

When recovering from the split jerk, we want to step about a third of the way back with the front foot, and then bring the back foot up to meet it. Why?   The jerk is the lift that will put the...
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