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The 80% - 90% Gap Program
Matt Foreman  |  September 15 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I know what you want.   Seriously, I do. I’m using my telepathic powers again. I can see inside your noggin.   You want some new training ideas.   Was I right? (you’re all nodding your heads) Yeah, I knew it.   Okay, I’m gonna give you a program you probably haven’t heard of. Maybe you’ll give it a whirl someday, either using it yourself or...
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The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions
Greg Everett  |  September 8 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting has quite a few layers—you can learn the snatch and clean & jerk in a few minutes, but you can then spend a lifetime learning how to perform them better. It’s an odd combination of joy and frustration. There are countless minor details that collectively can make dramatic differences in lift performance—the rack positions for the clean and the jerk are perfect ex...
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The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You
Matt Foreman  |  September 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you have heard of an old Soviet weightlifter named Yuri Zakharevich? Probably not many, I’m guessing. He’s one of the greatest in history, but his prime was in the 80s. So he’s before your time, unless you happen to be a veteran or lifting historian. You newbies have never seen anything like Yuri. He lifted like he was sent here from another galaxy. It’s...
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7 Steps to Better Technique Coaching
Bob Takano  |  September 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Whenever I present at seminars about coaching weightlifting I always try to emphasize the following seven points in this particular order for those interested in improving their technical coaching skills. Realize Something is Wrong: In order to realize that a lift is being performed incorrectly, you have to be able to perceive a correct lift. If you can’t do this, you need to develop ...
PERFORMANCE MENU ISSUE 116

Ask Greg: Issue 116, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 116
Greg Everett  |  September 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Mike Asks: Hi Greg, my name is Mike and I have been following your current 6-week program and love it. My form and numbers have improved greatly. I am gaining strength every week but would like to decrease my body fat. Would doing sprints after any of the workouts affect my training or could I add maybe 2-3 days of sprints on top of what I am doing? If you could help ...
Athlete Interview: Carissa Gordon Gump, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: Carissa Gordon Gump
Matt Foreman  |  September 1 2014  |  Interviews
We all love those touching stories about athletes who start at the bottom and then go all the way to the top, right? You know the ones I’m talking about. A young kid wanders into a gym one day and learns about a sport. Then years go by as the kid trains hard, competes, and moves up the ladder towards the big time (emotional motivation music playing in the background). One day, the kid finall...
Does Your Athletic Experience Determine Your Coaching Ability?, Matt Foreman
Does Your Athletic Experience Determine Your Coaching Ability?
Matt Foreman  |  September 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting coaches are like fruits and vegetables. They come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve been in the game for any length of time, you’ve probably seen a lot of coaches at meets, in gyms you’ve trained at, etc.

Coaches are different from lifters, because lifters all basically look the same. They’re muscular, and they look like…well, like weig...
Recipes: Issue 116, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 116
Scott Hagnas  |  September 1 2014  |  Recipes
Carne Asada

Active time: 10 minutes

• 1 lb. skirt steak or flank steak, sliced into thin strips
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 2 Tbsp. lime juice
• 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
• 3 tsp. minced garlic
• 1/2 tsp. cumin
• 1/2 tsp. oregano
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 ...
Coaching in a Celebratory Society, Jonathan Lopez
Coaching in a Celebratory Society
Jonathan Lopez  |  September 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Technology has made coaching more fun and interactive than it was 10 years ago. We have apps such as Coach’s Eye, which allow us to record and give almost instant feedback to athletes on their technique for several different exercises. Coaches can remote coach several athletes around the country all at once.

This sounds like a utopia for coaches and athletes, right? The answ...
Unconventional movements to add to your conditioning workouts , Kyle J Smith
Unconventional movements to add to your conditioning workouts
Kyle J Smith  |  September 1 2014  |  General Fitness & Training
Those privy to the functional fitness scene are very familiar with the so-called "conventional” exercises in WODs and competitive exercise events. They include air squats, pull-ups, clean and jerks, running, and kettlebell swings. Before we introduce some unconventional movements, let’s take a look at what makes the conventional movements both effective and appropriate for conditi...
True or False: Ice baths are good for recovery, Beth Skwarecki
True or False: Ice baths are good for recovery
Beth Skwarecki  |  September 1 2014  |  Recovery & Injury Management
Last month I tackled the question of whether ice helps you recover from injuries. This time, we're back in the freezer: what about the painfully beloved (behated?) practice of taking ice baths?

Similar to throwing an ice pack on an injury, dunking your muscles in frigid water should reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a complex reaction our body has to injury--including the microsc...
Weightlifting News: Issue 116, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 116
Sam Holmes  |  September 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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Don’t butcher it! How to order meat like a pro, Leigh Kramarczuk
Don’t butcher it! How to order meat like a pro
Leigh Kramarczuk  |  September 1 2014  |  Nutrition
Walking into a butcher shop can be intimidating, especially if you’re more accustomed to taking an anonymous stroll through supermarket aisles. You grab a number. You anxiously wait for your digits to be called. You step up to the counter. You take a deep breath: you’re on.

But really, there’s no reason to feel even the slightest tinge of stage fright. That’...
Ladies: Are Your Hormones Out of Whack? Here's How To Try To Fix 'Em, Yael Grauer
Ladies: Are Your Hormones Out of Whack? Here's How To Try To Fix 'Em
Yael Grauer  |  September 1 2014  |  Health & Wellness
Last month, Mark Kaelin wrote a great article on maintaining peak testosterone levels as you age, citing the pervasiveness of advertising geared towards men with low testosterone. Since hormonal problems for women are ridiculously common as well, I spoke with Dr. Bryan Walsh...
TODAY'S WORKOUT

Wednesday September 17 2014
Olympic weightlifting training
  • Clean - 80% x 1 x 5 OTM, 85% x 1 x 5 OTM, 90% x 1 x 5 OTM - If after these 15 sets on the minute you feel good, continue to a heavy single with a max of 5 more singles with a max of 2 min rest
  • Clean Pull - 95%x3x3
  • Halting Clean Deadlift (knee) + Finish + Floating Clean Deadlift - 90% x (2+1+1) x 3
  • Pause Back Squat - 70%x2x3

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Does Your Athletic Experience Determine Your Coaching Ability?
Matt Foreman

Unconventional movements to add to your conditioning workouts
Kyle J Smith

Coaching in a Celebratory Society
Jonathan Lopez

Ladies: Are Your Hormones Out of Whack? Here's How To Try To Fix 'Em
Yael Grauer

Don’t butcher it! How to order meat like a pro
Leigh Kramarczuk

True or False: Ice baths are good for recovery
Beth Skwarecki

Athlete Interview: Carissa Gordon Gump
Matt Foreman

Recipes: Issue 116
Scott Hagnas

Weightlifting News: Issue 116
Sam Holmes

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