Focus on Yourself
I vividly remember years ago when my wife Aimee was still competing watching her run home from the gym and get online to see if Natalie Woolfolk or Carrissa Gump had posted any new training videos. She would obsess over what these other girls were doing in tra... Continue reading
Your Hands Are Part of Your Body: Straps & Grip in Weightlifting
Lifting straps are a legitimate training tool for weightlifting—they unquestionably have a purpose and should be used at certain times with certain exercises by every weightl... Continue reading
Competition Lift Variation Ratios: Don't Worry Too Much
A pretty common question is what kind of relative weights a lifter should expect to see in variations of a competition lift. Some of these make sense and some guidelines can be pro... Continue reading
Make Your Own Atmosphere
I remember hearing at some point David Lee Roth (AKA Diamond Dave, original singer of Van Halen) saying people are always out prowling around saying, "Where's the action?" and his saying in response, "Man, you ARE the action!"
Atmosp... Continue reading
Why Do We Recover Front Foot First in the Split Jerk?
Most coaches will hammer their lifters and reinforce the idea that we want to recover from the split jerk by stepping back with the front foot about a third of the way back first, ... Continue reading
Pulling Position at the Knee: Get It Right
Posture and balance in the pulls of the snatch and clean are as important as anything gets in the lifts (every element is the most important).
Shins upright and nearly vertical
Shoulders directly above to slightly in front of the bar
Shoulders should r... Continue reading
Loose Knees = Loose Jerks
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... Continue reading
Feel it First: Weightlifting Technique Corrections
A point I try to emphasize in all of my seminars is that it’s generally easier and more effective to teach athletes’ bodies what to do than to teach their brains. That ... Continue reading
Stay Connected to the Bar: Snatch & Clean Turnover
One of the most common problems I see or hear complaints about is the barbell crashing in the clean (and even in the snatch to a lesser extent). There are two very simple ways to h... Continue reading
Warm-up Early: Weightlifting Training Mobility & Preparation
Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day... Continue reading