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Loose Knees = Loose Jerks, Greg Everett
Loose Knees = Loose Jerks
Greg Everett  |  September 22 2014  |  Quick Tips
Stand up and hang out for a moment. Now consider the muscles around your knees - are they tight and fighting to keep your knee from suddenly bending under the weight of your body? Probably not. We stand on a passive knee lock that doesn't require much muscular work. This is handy, as it would get pretty exhausting to be that active at all times just to stand still. The problem occurs when we try to initiate a jerk from this position. If you begin your jerk dip from this passive knee lock, the......
The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions, Greg Everett
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 examples of this. The following are some of the more important of those details that should improve yo......
Team Programs versus Individual Programs, Greg Everett
Team Programs versus Individual Programs
Greg Everett  |  August 25 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
With the explosion of interest in weightlifting, there is a parallel increase in new weightlifting clubs. We get a lot of emails asking about every aspect of running a weightlifting club, and one of the most common questions is what the best way to program for a weightlifting team is: to write a single program for the team, or to write individual programs for each lifter. This is a tricky question—there isn’t a right or wrong way, and what makes sense will vary with the circumstances......
Reponse to the new USA Weightlifting National Meet Qualification Procedure, Greg Everett
Reponse to the new USA Weightlifting National Meet Qualification Procedure
Greg Everett  |  August 15 2014  |  Editorial
For the most part, the reaction among weightlifters to the new USAW national meet qualification procedures has been positive, but there has been a surprising (to me, at least) amount of objection. I want to just address a few examples of these objections directly rather than trying to compose something entirely. The following chunks in quotations were pulled off of various FB posts. Below each one is my response. 1. "What other sport is worried about their events becoming too ......
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?, Greg Everett
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?
Greg Everett  |  August 11 2014  |  General Training
Before you even say it, no, the title isn’t a jab at CrossFitters. This has nothing to do with what sport or activity you choose to pursue, only how you pursue it. It could be CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting or golf.   With the proliferation of information and exposure to different training methodologies on the internet that we’ve seen in the last couple years in particular, the lines between athletes and exercisers is often blurred or forgotten (or not even understood to exis......
Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How, Greg Everett
Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How
Greg Everett  |  July 30 2014  |  Equipment
There are a few pieces of equipment that you need in weightlifting. For example, a barbell and weights, a platform and a squat rack. That’s about it. Everything after that is a luxury. This isn’t to say that other things aren’t valuable—for example, blocks, jerk tables, risers, power rack… We have all of these things at Catalyst Athletics and get a lot of use out of them   Stair blocks are definitely a cool but unnecessary piece of gear. If you have space, t......
2014 National Championships Recap, Greg Everett
2014 National Championships Recap
Greg Everett  |  July 22 2014  |  Editorial
This past weekend, Catalyst Athletics took 10 lifters to the National Championships in Salt Lake City. It was a long weekend, but it was a well-run meet in a great venue. Jes Liao (48 kg) and Blake Barnes (69 kg) were our first lifters on Friday. Both lifters have had a rough past couple months with training. Jes in the last couple months has slept at home only a handful of nights and only trained at Catalyst two days each week at the most because her job has had her out of town for a clien......
Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details, Greg Everett
Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details
Greg Everett  |  July 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
As the National Championships approach, I figured a competition preparation article was in order. We’ve published a few articles on the subject before, so I want to focus on some details that often go overlooked.   Weightlifting competition is about as stressful as it gets due to the circumstances—you’ve spent months and years training for a grand total of six lifts that matter. There are countless factors that contribute to your performance, and many are beyond your con......
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?, Greg Everett
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?
Greg Everett  |  June 30 2014  |  Ask Greg
Jessica Asks: As a novice female lifter I have issues with my split jerk drive. I start fine with the dip but always go forward on the drive no matter how hard I fight it. It's less so when I power jerk but I'm not sure whether I should try to switch completely or not given the fact that I just can't move the same weight. Now I'll be the first to admit I need to get stronger and that does play a part here but I often wonder if the split jerk is the most effective/efficient way for me to go. Here......
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate, Greg Everett
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate
Greg Everett  |  June 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m not sure why this issue is on my mind today, but I’m bothered every time I hear the word efficiency used in reference to improving weightlifting technique.   Let’s just start with definitions of two words courtesy of the only source of information remaining on the planet (remember the olden days when you needed a dictionary and a reasonable knowledge of the alphabet to find a word’s definition?):   Efficient: Achieving maximal productivity with minimum w......
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