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
The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and That Way
Everyone wants right and wrong, simple dichotomies, yes or no answers… but that’s not really how weightlifting works. I’m bombarded with what-about-isms on most of the instructional content I post. As I say ad nauseam, there are exceptions t... Continue reading
Inconveniencing Your Family and Friends With Your Weightlifting
I probably don’t even need to do a preamble paragraph to set up the topic of this article, do I? The title is loud and clear, and I’m pretty sure everybody understands ... Continue reading
Prilepin’s Table for Olympic Weightlifting
This little table makes the rounds on the internet regularly and is a staple of some coaches’ programming… just not any weightlifting coaches I know of. The idea that it’s useful for writing programming is incomplete at best. It’s not ... 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
Are the Olympic Lifts Helpful for ALL Athletes?
Almost all of my articles are about competitive Olympic weightlifting. Training, competition, mental development, etc. At this point, I think I’ve written around 300 articles... Continue reading