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The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Success
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measured in small numbers over large spans of time, having sound programming and strategy is even more important. Part of that is doing everything you can to...
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Your Arms Are Like Ropes. True or False?
Matt Foreman  |  October 20 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Your arms are like ropes.”   I don’t remember the first time I heard this, but I know it was right in the beginning when I was learning the OLifts. I’ve continued to hear it (and use it) throughout my career.   In case you’ve never heard anybody say this, it’s a technical cue that’s intended to reduce premature arm pull in the snatch or...
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I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun... The Predator Cycle
Mike Gray  |  October 13 2014  |  General Training
I need to explain the title of this first before I get started. In 1987, I had just finished my freshman year of high school and I went and saw Predator in the theater. This was during Arnold Schwarzenegger’s peak, when Terminator, Commando and the Conans were all coming out and guys across the world were flocking to the gym and buying any book or magazine with him on the cover. This movie i...
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A Simple Guide to Competition Warm-ups
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the most common questions I get through the various media through which I’m connected interminably to the weightlifting world is how to properly warm-up for competition. A lot of people are trying weightlifting competition for the first time and have no coach, and a lot of coaches are finding new athletes who want to try competition, and neither know how exactly it all works in the wa...
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Athlete Interview: James Tatum, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: James Tatum
Matt Foreman  |  October 1 2014  |  Interviews
“That guy with the beard looks pretty good.” That’s what I said the first time I saw James Tatum compete. It was at the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, I believe. This was the time period when the Great USAW CrossFit Population Explosion, as it will be known in the history books, started to kick into overdrive. I saw a bald guy with a wicked beard competing in the 77 kg class...
5 Biggest Mistakes in the Snatch and How to Fix Them, Travis Mash
5 Biggest Mistakes in the Snatch and How to Fix Them
Travis Mash  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Coaching at Muscle Driver USA and owning Mash Elite Performance, I work with athletes of all ranges. I have current world-class lifters, some of the best youth in America, and adult CrossFitters learning the Olympic lifts for the first time in their lives. I coach over 200 athletes on the Mash Mafia Online Weightlifting Team. I see hundreds of mistakes every week. Some of the mistakes are slight m...
Recipes: Issue 117, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 117
Scott Hagnas  |  October 1 2014  |  Recipes
Blackberry Gazpacho

Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

• 1.5 lbs. seedless grapes
• 1 lb. fresh blackberries
• 3 Tbsp. honey
• 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
• 1/2 tsp. salt

Stem and wash the fruit. Place in a large saucepan ov...
Hey Coach, It’s Not All About YOU, Matt Foreman
Hey Coach, It’s Not All About YOU
Matt Foreman  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett once told me that a large percentage of the people who read this magazine are coaches. I always try to keep this in mind when I write articles. Some of you might not be coaches presently, and your focus is entirely on your own lifting. That’s cool. But as I’ve said before, it’s almost impossible to spend an extended amount of time in this sport without somebody askin...
Ask Greg: Issue 117, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 117
Greg Everett  |  October 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Ryan Asks: What can I do to improve on keeping my chest up and ass down on the snatch pull as the weight gets heavier? I find myself bouncing the bar a little too hard off the hips and I now have a bump that hurts. I would appreciate any tips. Thank you.

Greg Says: There are two parts to this—first, knowing you need to mainta...
True or False: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Keep Your Joints Healthy, Beth Skwarecki
True or False: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Keep Your Joints Healthy
Beth Skwarecki  |  October 1 2014  |  Recovery & Injury Management
If you're smart, you think about your knees a lot. They're crucial to lifting, to running, to almost every sport, and they're worth taking good care of. (If you're lucky, you don't have to think about your knees at all; they just work. But not all of us are that lucky.)

So if you love your knees--and all your other joints--why not take glucosamine and chondroitin? Those are probably...
Weightlifting News: Issue 117, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 117
Sam Holmes  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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7 Habits of Highly Defective Weightlifters, John Grace
7 Habits of Highly Defective Weightlifters
John Grace  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You know all of those blog posts and articles that urge you to read them to show you how to become more effective and productive with your life? Yeah... this isn't one of those. They're all the same, anyway. You actually end up wasting time and being completely unproductive when you read them.

So here we go.

7. Knocking the bar away from the body

Do I Look Fat in this Gi? Why Women Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yael Grauer
Do I Look Fat in this Gi? Why Women Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Yael Grauer  |  October 1 2014  |  Combat Sports
The title of this article is a misnomer. It would be impossible for one person to speak for all women--especially a person who's never quit the sport for good, but keeps coming back around like a proverbial prodigal daughter. And as I've learned in many debates, both offline and online, it's often difficult to pinpoint specific reasons for doing or feeling anything and assume that it’s the s...
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Thursday October 30 2014
Olympic weightlifting training
  • Power Snatch - 60%x1x5
  • Power Clean + Power Jerk - 60% x (1+1) x 5
3 Sets:
10 Back Extension
10 Reverse Crunches
10 Clam Shells /side

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Issue 117: October 2014

Ask Greg: Issue 117
Greg Everett

Hey Coach, It’s Not All About YOU
Matt Foreman

7 Habits of Highly Defective Weightlifters
John Grace

Do I Look Fat in this Gi? Why Women Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Yael Grauer

5 Biggest Mistakes in the Snatch and How to Fix Them
Travis Mash

True or False: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Keep Your Joints Healthy
Beth Skwarecki

Athlete Interview: James Tatum
Matt Foreman

Recipes: Issue 117
Scott Hagnas

Weightlifting News: Issue 117
Sam Holmes

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