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Missing Snatches Behind: Diagnosis & Correction
Greg Everett  |  November 24 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We’ve all done it—missed a snatch behind and reassured ourselves by saying a miss behind is better than a miss in front. I would agree that in some cases this is true, but definitely not always, and the causes of a miss behind need to be identified and corrected just like any other miss. Following are the most common reasons for misses behind and ways to fix them.     Exce...
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What You SHOULD Be Learning From the World Championship
Matt Foreman  |  November 17 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m writing this article as the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships are coming to an end. For the last week, we’ve been watching the best lifters on the planet break world records and battle for medals. The internet has been on fire with videos of these hellacious performances.  The competitive excitement has been blowing our minds. You get the point. Basica...
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Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD
Matt Foreman  |  November 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There’s a right time for almost everything. There’s a time for peace, and a time for war. There’s a time for pizza, and a time for vegetables. There’s a time for celibacy, and a time for festive fornication.   In your weightlifting life, there’s a time for tunnel vision, and a time for training ADD.   Let me give you the definitions of those terms so you...
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The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Success
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measured in small numbers over large spans of time, having sound programming and strategy is even more important. Part of that is doing everything you can to...
PERFORMANCE MENU ISSUE 118

Weightlifting News: Issue 118, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 118
Sam Holmes  |  November 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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2014 American Open Championships: Washington D.C. December 12-15
 
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IWF World Championships- Olympic Qualifications: Almaty, Kazakhstan, November 4-16

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An Interview with a World Champion Bench Presser, Rich Kite
An Interview with a World Champion Bench Presser
Rich Kite  |  November 1 2014  |  Interviews
Ali Jawad is a British Paralympic powerlifter in the British weightlifting world-class program, competing in the ~59k weight class. He is currently based in Leeds, where he is working towards a degree in sports science. Jawad was born without legs and attempted a number of sports, such as Judo, before finding his place in Paralympic powerlifting.

Despite suffering from Crohn’s...
General Strength Relative to Weightlifting, Travis Mash
General Strength Relative to Weightlifting
Travis Mash  |  November 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let’s face it; everyone wants to be yoked! There isn’t a weightlifter on earth that doesn’t want to be strong. If so, they are in the wrong sport. Muscle Driver USA hired me about two months ago as one of their coaches, and one of my first responsibilities was writing strength routines. My first two strength programs were written for Trevor Britton and Rebecca Gerdon.
True of False: You Need To Cool Down After Your Workout, Beth Skwarecki
True of False: You Need To Cool Down After Your Workout
Beth Skwarecki  |  November 1 2014  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
It's either the satisfying relaxation at the end of a hard workout, or one more thing keeping you from that snack and shower waiting at home. What good is a cooldown, and should you delay that snack and shower to be sure you get one in? Or are all those happy cooldowners wasting their time?

Before we can figure out whether cooldowns work, we need to decide what they're supposed to ...
Bombing Out, Matt Foreman
Bombing Out
Matt Foreman  |  November 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m surprised that I’ve never written about bombing out before. It’s a juicy topic for competitive weightlifters, but I think it’s also something you can apply to any area of your life. I just recently realized that I’ve never explored it in an article, so here goes.

First, I need to explain what we’re talking about. In Olympic weightlifting and ...
Athlete Interview: Ursula Garza Papandrea, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: Ursula Garza Papandrea
Matt Foreman  |  November 1 2014  |  Interviews
When I set up this interview, it occurred to me that I’ve known Ursula Garza Papandrea throughout my entire weightlifting career. She’s one of the few people I interview who has been in the sport longer than I have. I don’t remember where we met for the first time, but I know we’ve been friends for many years, and it’s a special treat to deliver her story to you.
Training for Benchmark Workouts, Kyle J Smith
Training for Benchmark Workouts
Kyle J Smith  |  November 1 2014  |  CrossFit
Fitness folk around the world are talking about Fran, Diane, Annie and all the other popular CrossFit Benchmark workouts (The Girls.) They're tough workouts that have been done millions of times around the world. If you want to know how you stack up, training specifically for the test will allow you to do your true best. By fir...
Ask Greg: Issue 118, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 118
Greg Everett  |  November 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Dominique Asks: When I land my split jerk, my hips do not face forward, the actually turn about 15 degrees to the right. Should I be concerned or work to fix it? I tried only once to keep my hips forward, but it was unsuccessful.

Greg Says: I would definitely work to correct the problem—my concern would be loading your back ...
Recipes: Issue 118, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 118
Scott Hagnas  |  November 1 2014  |  Recipes
Cuban Fish & Veggies

Time: 40 minutes

• 4 white fish fillets (such as tilapia), 4 to 6 ounces each
• 1 lemon, divided
• ¼ cup flour (rice or tapioca)
• 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. Cuban seasoning blend*(recipe below)

• 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

• 1 cup onion, chopped

Absolute Strength, Absolute Speed, and Everything In Between, Evan Peikon
Absolute Strength, Absolute Speed, and Everything In Between
Evan Peikon  |  November 1 2014  |  Strength
 by Evan Peikon

When working with high level CrossFit athletes and assessing their relative strengths and weaknesses, I often categorize them as either “faster than strong” or “stronger than fast.” The purpose of this article is not only to shed light of what the aforementioned terms mean, but also to explain their implications and how they affect the de...
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Thursday November 27 2014
Olympic weightlifting training
  • Power Snatch - 70% x 2 x 5
  • Snatch Push Press + Overhead Squat - 70% x 3+1 x 4
  • Press - 3 x 5

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Bombing Out
Matt Foreman

Training for Benchmark Workouts
Kyle J Smith

General Strength Relative to Weightlifting
Travis Mash

Absolute Strength, Absolute Speed, and Everything In Between
Evan Peikon

True of False: You Need To Cool Down After Your Workout
Beth Skwarecki

An Interview with a World Champion Bench Presser
Rich Kite

Athlete Interview: Ursula Garza Papandrea
Matt Foreman

Recipes: Issue 118
Scott Hagnas

Weightlifting News: Issue 118
Sam Holmes

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