Olympic Weightlifting Instructional
Showing 1 — 20 of 103
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...
Hands Sliding On Clean Turnover
Comments | October 13 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

If your hands slide in when you turn your cleans over, here’s how to quit it.   Your hands slide because there’s resistance to their being in the original grip width—they&rsqu...
Snatch Turnover: Keeping The Bar Closer
Comments | October 5 2020 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

There are a number of elements contributing to keeping the bar as close to the body as possible during the snatch, but let’s focus on one of the simplest but most overlooked.   The initia...
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...
Showing 1 — 20 of 103