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
Figuring Out Your Legacy and Identity in Weightlifting
I want to revisit a subject I wrote an article about a while back. Some of you might recognize some of this, but it’ll be new to most of you.
A few years ago, I was ... 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
Will Your Olympic Lifting Maxes Survive the Quarantine?
The COVID-19 quarantine has been going on for several weeks now. Gyms have been closed almost everywhere throughout this time, so lots of weightlifters have been dealing with frust... 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
Staying Over the Bar in the Snatch & Clean: What, Why, How
You hear the cue to stay over the bar in the snatch and clean, but you’re not sure what that means, and you may even be confounded by the fact that it seems every elite lifte... Continue reading
Weightlifting Personalities: Are You a Dog or a Cat?
Some athletes are like dogs, and others are like cats. As a coach, you need to know how to handle both types. Let me explain.
With dog athletes, we’re talking about ... Continue reading