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Clean and Jerk Technique: The Pop-and-Adjust…When, Why, and How
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 12 2015 | Comments (1)

Somebody asked me recently if it’s hard to keep finding weightlifting topics to write about, now that I’ve been putting out articles for a long time and I’ve covered a lot of ground.   The answer is no. I never run out of ideas, and it’s not because I’m a genius. It’s because I probably have fifty conversations per week about weightlifting. When you&rsquo...... Continue reading
Your Rest Day: Don’t Waste It
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | October 5 2015 | Comments (1)

Weightlifters look forward to their rest days like a child looks forward to Christmas: You have such high expectations for it, but more often than not, it gets wasted and ends up having detrimental effects on your training instead of positive.   Tell me if this doesn’t sound all too familiar: You just finished up with a few brutal days of training, and as you pull your shoes off and u...... Continue reading
Olympic Weightlifting Program Design: The Year Plan
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 28 2015 | Comments

Sometimes a year can seem to be an extremely long period of time, and often athletes and coaches will avoid even thinking that far ahead, let alone planning. However, when you consider that a year is only about 4-9 6-12-week training cycles, the time shrinks considerably. Planning a year out does not necessarily need to be (and arguably shouldn't be) in full detail. The purpose of planning on ...... Continue reading
Snatch and Clean: Shift Your Torso Vertical, Legs Under the Bar
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 21 2015 | Comments (4)

Remember when you first saw the snatch and clean and jerk performed by Olympic weightlifters? And I’m talking about REAL weightlifters… athletes with an advanced level of skill, possibly even championship-level studs. Blew your mind, right?   The first thing you noticed was how fast they were. And then you noticed how they all seemed to drive their hips into the barbell as it p...... Continue reading
Leverage & Weightlifting Ability
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 14 2015 | Comments

There is a general ability of athletes in lighter weight classes to be capable of lifting more weight relative to bodyweight than their heavier weight class counterparts. This is a simple issue of leverage, although of course many other factors are involved in each athlete to produce the ultimate level of ability; that is, we cannot always state with certainty that all short lifters are stronger t...... Continue reading
Why Weightlifters Should Front Squat With a Closed Fist Instead of Two Fingers
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 7 2015 | Comments (3)

Question: If you’re an Olympic weightlifter, why do you include front squats in your training?   Answer: You include front squats in your training to improve your performance in the clean and jerk.   Got it?   Now…here’s something you need to know. Front squats are important for two main reasons:   1)    They improve the athlete’s...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Pull Technique: Knees Back vs. Push Up
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 31 2015 | Comments (3)

Now that weightlifting has progressed to the point where people are overanalyzing pulling technique like they’re trying to split the atom with an animal cracker, I think we need a simple look at a simple difference in lifting styles that should lead us to a simple conclusion. And after we’re finished, we can sit back and watch while it gets kicked to death by the internet hordes. &nbs...... Continue reading
Shoulder Dislocation Rehabilitation for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | August 24 2015 | Comments (16)

The 2015 National Championships for me seemed doomed from 12 weeks out. First, I sustained a minor tear in my iliacus, meaning I was unable to split and had to switch to power jerks. On top of that, the convergence of several huge work projects and similar issues meant even greater than usual stress and extremely limited and poor sleep for two months, tanking my training. For the 8 weeks leading i...... Continue reading
How To Be A Better Competition Weightlifter
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 10 2015 | Comments (3)

As I’m writing this, it’s August 3rd 2015.   You know why that date is significant? Because some of the most important Olympic weightlifting competitions in the United States are coming up within the next couple of weeks. From August 9-13, the IWF Masters World Cup is being held in Dallas, Texas. This is the biggest meet in the world for master athletes (35 and over). Immediatel...... Continue reading
Real World Overhead Mobility for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Mobility & Training Preparation | August 3 2015 | Comments (4)

Matt Foreman wrote a flattering article about one of my lifters, Alyssa Sulay, last week and we received quite a few requests for more information about what exactly Alyssa and I have done to improve her overhead position. I’m going to try to provide a clear outline of what we’ve done in the last nearly four years to take her from barely able to overhead squat 30kg to snatching 83kg. ...... Continue reading
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