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(Over) Analyzing & (Over) Coaching
Matt Foreman  |  September 29 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I think I’ll get straight to the point with this one. We’re going to take a look at coaches and athletes who overanalyze every lift. Ooohhh, I bet I’m hitting close to home with this subject. We’ve got some guilty parties out there, right? Some of you are lifters, and you pick apart every single rep you perform. Every time you do a snatch, clean, jerk, etc., you f...
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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 tr...
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The 80% - 90% Gap Program
Matt Foreman  |  September 15 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I know what you want.   Seriously, I do. I’m using my telepathic powers again. I can see inside your noggin.   You want some new training ideas.   Was I right? (you’re all nodding your heads) Yeah, I knew it.   Okay, I’m gonna give you a program you probably haven’t heard of. Maybe you’ll give it a whirl someday, either using it yourself or...
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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 ex...
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Athlete Interview: James Tatum, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: James Tatum
Matt Foreman  |  October 1 2014  |  Interviews
“That guy with the beard looks pretty good.” That’s what I said the first time I saw James Tatum compete. It was at the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, I believe. This was the time period when the Great USAW CrossFit Population Explosion, as it will be known in the history books, started to kick into overdrive. I saw a bald guy with a wicked beard competing in the 77 kg class...
True or False: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Keep Your Joints Healthy, Beth Skwarecki
True or False: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Keep Your Joints Healthy
Beth Skwarecki  |  October 1 2014  |  Recovery & Injury Management
If you're smart, you think about your knees a lot. They're crucial to lifting, to running, to almost every sport, and they're worth taking good care of. (If you're lucky, you don't have to think about your knees at all; they just work. But not all of us are that lucky.)

So if you love your knees--and all your other joints--why not take glucosamine and chondroitin? Those are probably...
Do I Look Fat in this Gi? Why Women Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yael Grauer
Do I Look Fat in this Gi? Why Women Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Yael Grauer  |  October 1 2014  |  Combat Sports
The title of this article is a misnomer. It would be impossible for one person to speak for all women--especially a person who's never quit the sport for good, but keeps coming back around like a proverbial prodigal daughter. And as I've learned in many debates, both offline and online, it's often difficult to pinpoint specific reasons for doing or feeling anything and assume that it’s the s...
Ask Greg: Issue 117, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 117
Greg Everett  |  October 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Ryan Asks: What can I do to improve on keeping my chest up and ass down on the snatch pull as the weight gets heavier? I find myself bouncing the bar a little too hard off the hips and I now have a bump that hurts. I would appreciate any tips. Thank you.

Greg Says: There are two parts to this—first, knowing you need to mainta...
5 Biggest Mistakes in the Snatch and How to Fix Them, Travis Mash
5 Biggest Mistakes in the Snatch and How to Fix Them
Travis Mash  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Coaching at Muscle Driver USA and owning Mash Elite Performance, I work with athletes of all ranges. I have current world-class lifters, some of the best youth in America, and adult CrossFitters learning the Olympic lifts for the first time in their lives. I coach over 200 athletes on the Mash Mafia Online Weightlifting Team. I see hundreds of mistakes every week. Some of the mistakes are slight m...
7 Habits of Highly Defective Weightlifters, John Grace
7 Habits of Highly Defective Weightlifters
John Grace  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You know all of those blog posts and articles that urge you to read them to show you how to become more effective and productive with your life? Yeah... this isn't one of those. They're all the same, anyway. You actually end up wasting time and being completely unproductive when you read them.

So here we go.

7. Knocking the bar away from the body

Weightlifting News: Issue 117, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 117
Sam Holmes  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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Hey Coach, It’s Not All About YOU, Matt Foreman
Hey Coach, It’s Not All About YOU
Matt Foreman  |  October 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett once told me that a large percentage of the people who read this magazine are coaches. I always try to keep this in mind when I write articles. Some of you might not be coaches presently, and your focus is entirely on your own lifting. That’s cool. But as I’ve said before, it’s almost impossible to spend an extended amount of time in this sport without somebody askin...
Recipes: Issue 117, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 117
Scott Hagnas  |  October 1 2014  |  Recipes
Blackberry Gazpacho

Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

• 1.5 lbs. seedless grapes
• 1 lb. fresh blackberries
• 3 Tbsp. honey
• 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
• 1/2 tsp. salt

Stem and wash the fruit. Place in a large saucepan ov...
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  • Clean - 75%x1x2, 80%x1x3
  • Clean Pull - 85%x3, 90%x3x2
  • Pause Back Squat - 65%x2, 70%x2x2

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Do I Look Fat in this Gi? Why Women Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Yael Grauer

5 Biggest Mistakes in the Snatch and How to Fix Them
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True or False: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Keep Your Joints Healthy
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Athlete Interview: James Tatum
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Recipes: Issue 117
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Weightlifting News: Issue 117
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