Guide to Training Program Selection
I get a huge volume of messages and emails asking for program recommendations, and it’s impossible for me to respond to them anymore, so this is going to henceforth serve as the Official Guide to Catalyst Athletics Program Selection.
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Moving the Feet in the Snatch & Clean
I get a couple frequent questions about the feet in the snatch and clean: Do you have to move your feet from the pulling stance into a different receiving stance? Does that receiving stance have to be wider than your pulling stance?
The short answer i... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Long Limbs & The Pull
Charlie Asks: Thanks for putting all of your knowledge out there and making it accessible. My question pertains to body type. Specifically long limbed people with short torsos who struggle getting their knees out of the way in the first and second pulls. ... Continue reading
Snatch & Clean Bar Contact: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know
How and when the bar contacts the body in the snatch and clean—and even whether or not it should—is an ongoing source of confusion for new lifters, so we’re going... Continue reading
Dip Snatch/Clean & Snatch/Clean from Power Position: Why
The dip snatch/clean and snatch/clean from power position are exercises I use a lot with my lifters, and there’s a lot of confusion out there on the terminology, execution an... Continue reading
Routine, Not Superstition: Don’t Turn an Advantage into a Liability
An important contributor to technical ability, focus and confidence in weightlifting is the establishment and maintenance of routines. Consistent sequences and habits mean les... Continue reading
The Functionality of Isolation Exercises
The refrain for several years now has been that isolation exercises aren’t “functional.” The push for functional training has had a lot of positive influence on the way the general public exercises, but it’s also produced some absolutel... Continue reading
Training Through Injuries in Olympic Weightlifting... Or Anything
Injuries and pain in any sport are inevitable, from minor chronic aches and tendinitis to severe acute injuries requiring surgical repair. Equally inevitable is the enormous spectr... Continue reading
Why Is My (Lift) Worse Than Others?
I get this basic question in one form or another constantly. Why is my jerk worse than my clean? Why is my snatch so low compared to my clean & jerk? Why can’t I clean more relative to my front squat? Why is my front squat so low relative to my back ... Continue reading
Get Control & Focus for Technique in Weightlifting
You’re probably bad at more than one thing when it comes to your weightlifting technique. That’s not a value judgment, it’s just a fact I’m pretty confident... Continue reading