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Trunk Strength & Stability




How to properly stabilize the trunk for Olympic weightlifting, and how to train trunk strength and stability.
How To Avoid Getting Dizzy In Clean & Squats - And Why It Happens

Read the complete explanation & fixes here. Dizziness during a clean or squat can have a few causes, but what is NOT causing it is having the b...
Breath Control & Trunk Stability For Olympic Weightlifting

In order to create the spinal stability that we need for both performance and safety in weightlifting, the trunk must be pressurized with air. In addi...
Neutral Spine Or Pervert Hips? Neutral Is NOT Straight!

Let’s chat quick about neutral spine. Neutral is the natural position of the spine when we’re not actively flexing or extending any segmen...
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting

Breath control is critical for increasing and maintaining the structural integrity of the torso while under heavy loads. The supporting musculature is alone inadequate—in order to adequately stabilize the spine, the abdomina...
Back Training for Weightlifting

Because the classic lifts and common supplemental exercises such as squats and pulls naturally provide a considerable workload for the muscles of the lower and middle back, generally this area will require somewhat less specific t...
The Back Extension: Strengthening the Back for Weightlifting

If one of your problems with the Olympic lifts is a weak back arch, that needs to become a focus for you in just about everything you do. Some of you have become very strong in round-backed postures and are finding yourselves unab...
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?

I rarely prescribe specific ab work to my lifters. More often I prescribe specific back work, but there are many times when I write something like “abs/back” on a lifter’s program. This is not code for “go ...
Creating the Optimal Back Arch in The Snatch & Clean

Back extension is a touchy subject, and has been for as long as I can remember. We even used to have an exercise called a hyperextension… and then suddenly that was too frightening to use anymore, and we had to call it a ba...
Ask Greg: Strengthening the Lower Back

Wayne Asks: What are some of the best exercises you prescribe your athletes to strengthen lower backs? My weak lower back is more obvious from snatching than cleaning. Greg Says: I choose different exercises in different circum...
Lose the Belt. Some of the Time.

Weightlifting belts are a handy piece of gear, and one of the few I think are worthwhile. Since the dawn of internet time, belts have been at the center of questions regarding value, purpose and use, and you have about as wide a r...