Using Video in Training Most Effectively
Just about every weightlifter out there uses video one way or another these days, whether or not they work in-person with a coach. I don’t need to point out the value of video, but it does warrant some discussion on how to best use it to maximize the ben... 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
Grip Training for Weightlifters and Beyond
Specificity is king—that will never change in regards to strength sport. However, in recent years I have consistently found myself championing the importance of general physical strength and its positive effects for the competitive Olympic weightlifter. ... Continue reading
Lose the Belt. Some of the Time.
Weightlifting belts are a handy piece of gear, and one of the few I think are worthwhile. Since the dawn of internet time, belts have been at the center of questions regarding value, purpose and use, and you have about as wide a range of opinions on this as an... Continue reading
Don't Jump with Your Arms
I like box jumps for weightlifting. It's a very simple, accessible way to train explosiveness. What I don't like is when box jumps are done in ways that reduce their effectiveness or create problems.
The point of box jumps in the context of weightli... Continue reading
Your Unreasonable Expectation of Comfort in Weightlifting
A sport is like anything else—how committed you are determines how it affects the rest of your life. The extent of your investment in it changes the way it influences your de... Continue reading
Investing Time for Progress: Routine, Detail & Patience in the Olympic Lifts
I'm pretty frequently surprised by how impatient new and intermediate weightlifters are in a number of ways, from their expectations of progress to their rush to get through a ... Continue reading
Don't Sit Down During Your Workout
If you're struggling to stay motivated and focused during your training sessions—because you're tired, distracted by things outside the gym, training alone with no accountability, or any other reason—try not letting yourself sit down during... Continue reading
Set A Goal for Each Training Session
One of the many non-training activities you should be doing regularly if you want to progress as much as possible in weightlifting is setting goals for every single training session. I recommend doing this the day before. After the current day's workout is... Continue reading
How to Pick the Right Warm-up Weights
Let’s talk about how to pick the proper warmup weights when you’re working up to your heavy stuff in the snatch and clean & jerk.
Rookies often screw this up if they don’t have anybody teaching them how to do it. We’re talk... Continue reading