Articles by Mike Gray



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Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | June 2 2014 | Comments (3)

I repack my gym bag every day before I leave to go train. I take out the empty water bottles and replace them with new ones, throw out the balls of pre-wrap and tape, and make sure I have my Jolt gum, clean towel, and two pairs of socks. I do this because I li... Continue reading
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Mike Gray | Mobility & Training Preparation | April 28 2014 | Comments (6)

Let me start this pile of words off with two things... 1. I hate mobility work. When I get to the gym, I want to lift, not roll around on a bunch of over priced dog toys for 30 minutes. I don’t read books about it or pore over videos of people strapp... Continue reading
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky
Mike Gray | Editorial | April 2 2014 | Comments (6)

In August of last year my beautiful wife and I bought a brand new 3-story loft that had an attached 2-car garage with ceilings just barely high enough for me to lift in. I was so e... Continue reading
You Just Had a Crap Training Session. What Now?
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 10 2014 | Comments (5)

Let me paint you a picture and tell me if it sounds familiar: You’ve spent the last few reps looking at the bar making sure you actually put the right weight on because you a... Continue reading
Are You a Good Teammate?
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | December 2 2013 | Comments (5)

I’m going to preface this with the following: I am at most a journeyman weightlifter. I started years ago and I have competed regularly since then; I have done well in some meets and others I have not. You will never see me write about technique because ... Continue reading
I Wish...
Mike Gray | Editorial | September 26 2013 | Comments (6)

I wish I liked the clean and jerk as much I like the snatch. I wish I liked to work as much I love going to the gym to lift. I wish I liked mobility work. I wish I had bought 100 pairs of the Adidas 2008 AdiStar shoes because apparently every dude bet... Continue reading
Your Tribe
Mike Gray | Editorial | August 8 2013 | Comments (1)

Tribe defined by Merriam Webster: A group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. I remember vividly my first few months of weightlifting. I have lifted weights in some style since high school, but had never dabbled in Olympic lifting... Continue reading
Simple Keys for Weightlifting Success
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | April 11 2013 | Comments (8)

I have noticed over the years that people really try to make this sport much more difficult than it is. Now, don’t get me wrong, this sport by itself is a pain in the ass; however, people then try and complicate it even more by adding things to it. So... Continue reading
The Back-Off Week for Weightlifting Programs
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 18 2013 | Comments (8)

Also known as the de-load week, the back-off week is by far my least favorite week during a training cycle. Coincidentally, as I write this I am wrapping up one right now. If you would have asked me last week at this time I would have told you I couldn’t... Continue reading
Stop and Smell the Chalk
Mike Gray | Editorial | October 8 2012 | Comments (3)

Those of you who are reading this are probably now or have been in your life pretty passionate about Olympic lifting. I want you to stop and think about this chapter in your life; for some it will be quick and for others it might very well be a lifetime. We... Continue reading
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