Articles by Greg Everett



Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, coach of the USA Weightlifting National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, co-host of the Weightlifting Life Podcast, and publisher of The Performance Menu journal. He is an Olympic Trials coach, coach of over 30 senior national level or higher lifters, including national medalists, national champion and national record holder; as an athlete, he is a fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion, masters American Open champion, and masters American record holder in the clean & jerk. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and sign up for his free newsletter here.
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You Don’t Have to do Everything Right… Just Most of It
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 16 2019 | Comments (2)

If you follow me, there’s a decent chance you’re someone who enjoys technical detail and is bordering on obsessive about skill development in weightlifting. I’d s... Continue reading
Control the Controllable & Handle the Rest
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 31 2018 | Comments (2)

Weightlifting’s a tough sport. Not just physically, but also mentally demanding and exhausting—especially early on when you’re not only trying to get stronger and more mobile, but also trying to master some difficult motor skills. I probably ... Continue reading
How to Fix Your Butt Wink… So We Can All Stop Saying Butt Wink
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 3 2018 | Comments

The butt wink… I’m honestly not sure which is more worrisome to me—the actual phenomenon or the commonly accepted term for it. In either case, I’m going to... Continue reading
My 3 Biggest Mistakes in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 12 2018 | Comments (4)

In scratching my head about what on earth I possibly have left to write about, it occurred to me after a mind-boggling exchange on Instagram that it would make sense for me to discuss a few things I’ve learned the hard way—in other words, what not ... Continue reading
The Jump Cue: Useful, or The Worst Thing Ever Created?
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 18 2018 | Comments (3)

Jump has been the focus of contention in the sport of weightlifting, at least in the US, or at least on the internet among Americans, for several years (remember GoHeavy?). It&rsqu... Continue reading
Calm Down… It’s Supposed to Feel Heavy
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 11 2018 | Comments (3)

One of the most common reasons for lifters missing their heaviest snatch and clean attempts is the blow to their confidence experienced as the bar is first lifted from the floor. Suddenly it feels heavy, and that means it’s slow, and that means it’... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Slow Snatch Turnover
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | September 19 2018 | Comments

Mira asks: In the snatch, I feel like I have a slow turn over, like I always seem to sneak underneath the bar when receiving the bar overhead. Are there drills I can use to train this aspect outside of tall snatches from the hip? Are there any cues you can rec... Continue reading
Split Jerk, Power Jerk & Squat Jerk: Why & Who
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 6 2018 | Comments (2)

There are three styles of the jerk that rely on different receiving positions: the power jerk (or push jerk), squat jerk and split jerk. The split jerk is by far the most common co... Continue reading
Technique Primers: Get More out of Your Weightlifting Technique Work
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | August 22 2018 | Comments

Technique has to be the favorite topic in weightlifting. I’d personally rather talk about and deal with it over programming any day. I assume the appeal for most of us is its... Continue reading
Internal Rotation Overhead in the Snatch... Really?
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | August 8 2018 | Comments (7)

OK, I’m going to wade all the way into this filthy mess. I’ve written about the overhead position, including the proper orientation of the arms, many times for many yea... Continue reading
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