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How to better compete in Olympic weightlifting, and to coach in weightlifting competition.
Understanding The Athlete Card For Olympic Weightlifting Competition

For those of you new to weightlifting competition, let’s sort out the athlete card. These will be used at all levels of competition, and althoug...
The Mental Switch: Prepare Yourself for Competition

All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too. Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, right? Well, a mental switch is in your brain. When ...
Dos and Don'ts of Meet Day: Weightlifting Competition Preparation

These are the do’s and don’ts of what to do and not do on meet day that I have either watched or experienced myself over the years.  1.       Do make weight. Be prepared for this and...
Proper Approach to Weightlifting Competition

Approaching competition can be very stressful for a beginner or experienced lifter without proper planning. Competition requires you to get out of your comfort zone in several different areas, which can disrupt your mindset. Havin...
A Simple Guide to Weightlifting Competition Warm-ups

One of the most common questions I get through the various media through which I’m connected interminably to the weightlifting world is how to properly warm-up for competition. A lot of people are trying weightlifting compet...
Weightlifting Competition Warm-up Room Etiquette

While much warm-up room etiquette is no different than in any other area of life, there are a few issues specific to weightlifting, and an apparent need to reiterate even things that may seem obvious.   First and foremost...
Overplaying Your Opponent: Tactics in Olympic Weightlifting Competition

When you stand on the platform in front of the bar in the dead silence greedily breathing to fill your lungs with air full of shrinking tension and competition spirit, there is no place for thoughts and decisions. You have done al...
How Do You Choose Openers & Attempts for Weightlifting Competition?

We posted an article last week about how to handle the final week leading into a weightlifting competition, and it generated some questions about how to choose openers and attempts for a meet, which involves not only a basic strat...
Sticking to the Plan & Calling Audibles in Weightlifting Competition

I like plans, structure, routine and patterns. I’m a bit like Rainman—if I don’t get home in time to watch Wapner, I’m going to lose my shit.   However, I’m also rational enough to understand t...
Important Lessons for National Competition

The 2017 National Championships just wrapped up in Chicago last weekend, and since I skipped writing an article for the week because of it, I figured I’d better write an article about it as penance. The following are some le...
How Much Should/Can You Compete in Weightlifting?

You can break competitive weightlifters into two big categories: Those who love to compete, and those who don’t. I realize it sounds odd to talk about competitive weightlifters who don’t really like competing, but it&r...
Ask Greg: Dealing with Chaotic Warm-up Rooms in Competition

Patricia Asks: I recently competed in a meet where everything was super hectic. The warm-up room only had 4 platforms (there were 26 lifters in my session), there were children running around screaming, someone got in a fight with...
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 when it counts. There’s more to this than simpl...