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Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?, Greg Everett
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?
Greg Everett  |  April 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I rarely prescribe specific ab work to my lifters. More often I prescribe specific back work, but there are many times when I write something like “abs/back” on a lifter’s program. This is not code for “go home” as my wife always believed when our coach, Mike Burgener, wrote it on her program. It’s an expectation that the athlete knows what he or she should be doing and will take the initiative to do it. Admittedly, this is an expectation that often leads to d......
Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart, Greg Everett
Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart
Greg Everett  |  February 26 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I've finally gotten around to posting this a few years after I created it. For years people have been asking me if something like this existed and/or if I would make it. There is a Soviet classification system you can find in Weightlifting Programming: A Winning Coach's Guide and other places, but I've always thought it would be more appropriate to create a classification system based on actual American weightlifting performance and taking into account the particular circumstances of ......
Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment, Greg Everett
Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment
Greg Everett  |  February 17 2014  |  Editorial
The way you treat the equipment in your gym says a lot about you, not just as an athlete, but as a person. Whether or not you know it, you’re being judged, and if it’s by me, it’s probably harshly. For those of you with good hearts, but not enough experience to know proper facility etiquette yet, here is a handy list of rules to help you take care of the gym you train in, show the people around you that you care, and be safe. Back Away from the Squat Rack If you’re......
Why I Don't Travel More for Seminars, Greg Everett
Why I Don't Travel More for Seminars
Greg Everett  |  February 12 2014  |  Editorial
I’ve been giving my own Olympic weightlifting seminars for seven or eight years now. I started helping my coach, Mike Burgener, at his seminars in 2006, and began providing my own when the demand was made known to me. Initially, I traveled a reasonable amount across the US and did fairly frequent dates. If you haven’t been around more than a couple years, you’ll have to believe me when I say the seminar landscape was very different back then. The only significant (by this I mea......
When in Doubt, Simplify: Olympic Weightlifting Program Design, Greg Everett
When in Doubt, Simplify: Olympic Weightlifting Program Design
Greg Everett  |  February 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Program design for Olympic weightlifting can be an overwhelming and daunting prospect, especially these days as a lot of you who are very new to the sport are being inundated with information from all directions, much of which is incompatible and downright contradictory. This is in contrast to even a handful of years ago when lifters and coaches learned from only one or a handful of sources—their coaches and maybe some other lifters and their coaches. In this latter situation, coaches and ......
Squatting, Valgus Knees, The Knees-Out Cue & Facebook Coaches, Greg Everett
Squatting, Valgus Knees, The Knees-Out Cue & Facebook Coaches
Greg Everett  |  January 28 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Evidently the most popular term on the internet right now is “valgus”. The legions of keyboard warriors and Facebook coaches have latched on to it and are sanctimoniously eviscerating anyone demonstrating valgus knee movement in the squat, irrespective of the context (e.g. an experienced competitive lifter pushing a maximal effort) and, as is to be expected, irrespective of their own qualifications to opine on the subject. I shouldn’t be surprised, and I suppose I’m not, ......
Medicine Ball Rack Tutorial, Greg Everett
Medicine Ball Rack Tutorial
Greg Everett  |  January 27 2014  |  Equipment
In getting ready to move the Catalyst Athletics gym, I spent an inordinate amount of time with scale drawings trying to get the space organized optimally for our needs and equipment. Because we’re stuck in somewhat smaller buildings than we really need thanks to the obscene prices of Bay Area real estate, the efficiency of storage has always been critical. I’m also bordering on obsessive when it comes to the organization of gym space and equipment. In our former building, we had ......
Formulas, Mathematics & Humans: Individualized Weightlifting Programming, Greg Everett
Formulas, Mathematics & Humans: Individualized Weightlifting Programming
Greg Everett  |  January 13 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I had a conversation yesterday with a strength coach who stopped by the gym about how I individualize my lifters' programs. He asked how precise I got in terms of the volume of certain lifts within certain intensity ranges, if I consider the ratio of classic lifts to squats, and similar metrics. I explained that primarily, I rely on experience with each lifter to determine what does and doesn't work for that individual. In other words, I don't usually go through a process of calculations, bu......
Greg Everett Quote Collection, Greg Everett
Greg Everett Quote Collection
Greg Everett  |  December 30 2013  |  Editorial
I was asked to post a bunch of the various things I've posted on FB and elsewhere over time in one convenient location, so here are some of the ones I could find easily. If you have others you like, post them in the comments! "As we reach the start of a new year, remember that success doesn't come from a single day of resolutions, but from living every day with resolve." "As you grow up, you have to become useful in life, not just good looking." "Don't forget th......
Dumb Movie Questions, Greg Everett
Dumb Movie Questions
Greg Everett  |  November 19 2013  |  General Training
People seemed to like my previous Dumb Weightlifting Questions blog post, so I figured it would be a more entertaining way to get some information across about American Weightlifting. These are all real questions or comments I’ve received, sometimes paraphrased or combined with others.      Why isn’t [insert your favorite coach or athlete] in the movie? He’s coached/been an Olympian!   I’m not sure why this is a surprise to anyone, but I couldn&rs......
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