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The Jerk Technique Nobody Talks About
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 30 2015 | Comments (5)

This article is about the jerk, so let’s get right down to business.   Most of you probably understand the dip-drive phase of the jerk is the primary key to success in the movement. I’m talking about the time when the lifter has completed the clean, stands with the bar on the shoulders, and then bends the knees to initiate the downward dip and then upward drive with the legs. Th...... Continue reading
Jumping Forward in the Snatch or Clean: Error Correction
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 23 2015 | Comments (6)

One of the most frustrating technical problems as a weightlifter, and as a weightlifting coach, is the dreaded forward jump. Unfortunately, it’s pretty common, and worse, it often proves extremely difficult to correct. In fact, there are a few world-class lifters who jump forward, which goes to show you that even teams of the best athletes and best coaches in the world struggle to do things ...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Technique Problems: When You’ve Tried Everything & Nothing Works
Matt Foreman | Editorial | March 16 2015 | Comments (6)

One of the fun things about working in a high school is going to other classrooms and seeing the stuff teachers put on their walls. You're almost guaranteed to see a lot of posters with motivational slogans on them. Teachers want kids to feel pumped up about life, so they plaster their rooms with positive little messages.    There's one inspirational quote I've seen a million times. Yo...... Continue reading
Prepare to Succeed: Nutrition Planning & Preparation
Jasha Faye | Nutrition | March 11 2015 | Comments (1)

As a coach, I have heard every excuse in the book. I have heard every complaint, every bitch and every moan. I should have a PhD in clinical psychology from the thousands of hours of emotional counseling Iʼve done. The one excuse I cannot condone, the one that makes my blood boil, is when an athlete says something absurd like, “I forgot to eat lunch today.”   You forgot to eat?...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Snatch
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 9 2015 | Comments

I’m finally wrapping up this extensive series of three articles with what you probably would assume would be the first—the snatch—but I’m such a maverick I just had to start with the jerk and then move on to the clean. The snatch, of course, is the lift that most commonly crushes dreams and tortures the poor individuals who make the mistake of becoming infatuated with weigh...... Continue reading
How to Find a Weightlifting Coach
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 2 2015 | Comments (2)

The influence of CrossFit has dramatically increased the popularity of weightlifting without a doubt. Attendant to that increase are a few other changes: The number of weightlifting coaches in the world has increased, the number of gyms in which weightlifting can be trained has increased, and the percentage of the total number weightlifting coaches who are actually good at coaching weightlifting h...... Continue reading
Upper Body Strength for Weightlifting: Silly Myths and Solid Methods
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 16 2015 | Comments (5)

I used to train with a female lifter who couldn’t pick up a frying pan full of hamburger with one hand because her upper body wasn’t strong enough. If she was cooking and she needed to lift a skillet off the stove, she had to use both hands. She also held all the American records in her weight class and made eight or nine World Teams.    Upper body strength in weightli...... Continue reading
Nine Years Later: What I Did Right & What I Did Wrong
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2015 | Comments (4)

I met Mike at Mike Burgener’s gym some time in early 2007 when he returned from a deployment as a corpsman in Iraq. What he had going for him right from day one was ambition, commitment and the kind of work ethic that I very much respect and am constantly disappointed in not seeing in more people these days. Unfortunately, he was old (yes, 34 is old in this case), immobile, and not particula...... Continue reading
How to Build a Weightlifting Platform
Greg Everett | Equipment | February 2 2015 | Comments (7)

About 100 years ago, I posted an article about how to build a lifting platform on a slope. It was something I had to do at the time, so I figured I’d post some instructions while I was at it. Now years later, I’ve been asked more times than I can calculate how to build a platform—I’ve written out instructions in emails and website comments so many times I could have written...... Continue reading
Getting Through a Five-Year Setback
Matt Foreman | General Training | January 26 2015 | Comments (9)

You’ve all heard the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So I’m gonna write approximately 1,000 words about a picture.   These articles on the Catalyst Athletics website are always accompanied by a photo. When Greg posts my articles, he often includes a picture of me cleaning 150 kg in the old Catalyst gym. You can see it right above here. It&rsquo...... Continue reading
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