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
Tapering for Olympic Weightlifting Competition
All the fancy, productive training in the world doesn’t mean much if you can’t put it all together in competition and demonstrate the ability you’ve developed whe... Continue reading
Routine: It’s Not Just For Being Bored!
The idea of routine is generally not one people get excited about… spontaneity tends to be a bit more thrilling. Spontaneity is great for your romantic relationships, but I don’t care about those—I care about you getting better at weightlift... Continue reading
When a Weightlifter’s Toughness Goes Too Far
Not too long ago, I was watching the “Westside vs. The World” documentary film, which most of you have probably seen or heard of. It’s a chronicle of powerlifting... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: The Week Structure
Let’s figure out how to put together an Olympic weightlifting microcycle—or as normal people call it, a week. Technically a microcycle doesn’t have to be seven da... Continue reading