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
Fixing Patellar Tendinitis for Weightlifters
Let me preface this by reminding you that I’m not a medical professional—I’m just a guy with well-used knees who’s coached a lot of athletes with well-used knees. If you have a serious injury or severe tendinopathy, go see a professiona... Continue reading
Weightlifting Weight Classes: Tweeners Should Go Up (Mostly)
Over the years, lots of weightlifters have asked me for advice about which weight class they should compete in. They tell me their bodyweight status, the class they’re curren... Continue reading
Don’t Worry…They’ll Suffer Too: Competitiveness in Weightlifting
I hope many of you are chuckling after reading the title of this article. That means you already know what I’m going to say and it gives you some devious pleasure.
E... Continue reading
Hierarchy for Learning the Snatch and Clean & Jerk
When it comes to the snatch and clean & jerk, there are approximately infinity details you can consider. As a new lifter, or even a new coach, it’s overwhelming and intim... Continue reading
Programming’s Effect on Technique
It’s easy to compartmentalize training for strength and technique as two unrelated elements of the snatch and clean & jerk and to approach coaching and program design accordingly. It does make sense in many ways, but I want to point out a few things ... Continue reading
Million-Dollar Bodies & Five-Cent Heads: Mental Strength in Weightlifting
There’s nothing more frustrating than a weightlifter with a million-dollar body and a five-cent head.
You know the ones I’m talking about, right? These are the... Continue reading
Daily Minimums: Focus on the Baseline Over the Peaks
For obvious reasons, we’re all focused in weightlifting on our all-time best lifts; the sport is contested on exactly that. But in training, that’s only one useful metr... Continue reading
Fix the Hips Shooting Up in the Snatch & Clean
We want to maintain a fairly constant back angle through the first pull, although we’ll nearly always see a slight change. It’s important to understand what actually co... Continue reading