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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......
Feel it First: Technique Corrections, Greg Everett
Feel it First: Technique Corrections
Greg Everett  |  May 12 2014  |  Quick Tips
A point I try to emphasize in all of my seminars is that it’s generally easier and more effective to teach athletes’ bodies what to do than to teach their brains. That is, if you can get the athlete to move the way you want through exercises and lift segments, you’ll make more progress in less time than if you attempt to teach them conceptually what they should be doing. One area where this is very simply illustrated and immediately effective is in abbreviated complexes that......
Stay Connected to the Bar, Greg Everett
Stay Connected to the Bar
Greg Everett  |  May 8 2014  |  Quick Tips
One of the most common problems I see or hear complaints about is the barbell crashing in the clean (and even in the snatch to a lesser extent). There are two very simple ways to help correct this: 1. Meet the bar wherever it is 2. Hold your grip longer First, you need to be wherever you've lifted the bar to meet it. People sometimes become infatuated with the idea of getting down quickly into the rock bottom squat. The ability to do so is great, but not if the bar is higher than that lev......
Warm-up Early, Greg Everett
Warm-up Early
Greg Everett  |  June 7 2013  |  Quick Tips
Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day is that the second sessions always feels great - at least with regard to being warm and loose. Even hours later, you'll still be "warm" from that first workout. You can get some of that benefit without doing a full workout, and potentially without even going to the gym. Try doing your warm-up in the m......
Missing Lifts in Training, Greg Everett
Missing Lifts in Training
Greg Everett  |  March 11 2013  |  Quick Tips
What percentage of your lifts in training are misses? If you know an actual number, you're spending too much time on the math and not enough on the lifting, but if it's a big chunk, you're probably aware of it. I've talked a lot about practice and how important it is to practice lifting the way you want to lift even on the seemingly inconsequential sets or accessory lifts because that will be the majority of your training volume, and therefore the majority of your training time. Your misses ......
Get Cozy Down There, Greg Everett
Get Cozy Down There
Greg Everett  |  January 16 2013  |  Quick Tips
Something I can't stand is watching lifters with weak or inconsistent bottom positions in the snatch rush out of the squat and drop the bar partway up, even in power snatches (this applies to jerks as well). These same athletes will often also complain about missing big attempts that "felt so easy" because they can't secure the bar overhead long enough to recover successfully. This to me is such an obvious fix, that having to remind people drives me crazy. If this describes you, eas......
The Power Jerk: Yes, It Has Uses, Greg Everett
The Power Jerk: Yes, It Has Uses
Greg Everett  |  October 10 2012  |  Quick Tips
I've always hated power jerks, like most people who split jerk as their prefered jerk method. It's awkward, uncomfortable and difficult. But I have a grudging respect and appreciation for the exercise because it can be immensely valuable as a training exercise for split jerkers. The power jerk forces a solid, strong dip and strong drive, and possibly more importantly, a balanced and correctly oriented drive. With the split jerk, a lifter can get away with a certain amount of imbalance or forward......
Use Your Legs, Steve Pan
Use Your Legs
Steve Pan  |  October 3 2012  |  Quick Tips
Every now and then an athlete will have a flash of insight that will improve their game from that point on. In hindsight they are always the most obvious pieces of information but never hit home. During my first squat cycle Greg had made a comment to me about using my legs for squats as a joke. As he said it that lightning bolt of information hit the tip of my brain and everything made sense to me as I exclaimed, “OH! I just realized that I have to use my legs to squat.” I ha......
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient, Greg Everett
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient
Greg Everett  |  September 17 2012  |  Quick Tips
A big mistake with the snatch and clean is trying to initiate the final explosion too soon. This can create a list of problems, including shifting your balance too far forward, pushing the bar away from your body, preventing a complete extension of the hips, and limiting the speed and height of the bar. Bring the barbell back into your body as it leaves the floor, and continue using the lats to push it back into the hips - not near the hips, but actually into the hips. (Understand that the hips ......
Move Your Feet, Greg Everett
Move Your Feet
Greg Everett  |  September 5 2012  |  Quick Tips
Do you find that your feet never quite end up where they need to be when you snatch or clean? For example, they're always too far behind you? Try actively lifting your feet and replacing them flat on the platform, focusing on landing on the whole foot, not the balls of the feet, and directly under the bar. You might be surprised how much it improves your balance and position when receiving the lift. Now before you go and tattle on me, I'm not telling you to lift your feet way up into the air.......
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