Editorial

August 3 08
 
Platform Spacing, Beginners & the Google Self-Driving Vehicle

Last weekend Catalyst Athletics relocated to a new facility directly across the parking lot from the old place. The changes were minor. The warehouse is on the correct side of the building to accept book dump offs, the clock is at the front (which co[…]

August 3 08
 
A Public Apology For Some Things I Said

It’s time for me to apologize, people. I’ve been a jackass, and I need to make it right. A few weeks ago, I wrote some posts on this blog where I made controversial comments about cardio and nutrition. Many of you read them, and apparently I’ve done[…]

August 3 08
 
A Quick Thought About Coaching People Who Think They Suck

Several years ago, I was hanging out in the warm-up room at a meet, chatting with a guy who was a two-time Olympian. Neither of us were competing in this contest, so we were just relaxing backstage and watching the other lifters get ready. One of the[…]

Stop and Smell the Chalk

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August 3 08
 
Stop and Smell the Chalk

Those of you who are reading this are probably now or have been in your life pretty passionate about Olympic lifting. I want you to stop and think about this chapter in your life; for some it will be quick and for others it might very well be a lifet[…]

August 3 08
 
A Letter to Catalyst Athletics (and Everybody Else)

Do you ever get embarrassed when you think about some of the stupid things you said when you were younger? I think we all probably do. We remember some idiotic comments we made, things we knew we shouldn’t have said out loud, and we wonder how our he[…]

August 3 08
 
They'll Never Take Us Alive

Does anybody here ever feel like they suffer from paranoia? I guess before you all start answering yes or no, let’s get an actual definition of what paranoia is. Paranoid thinking is when a person is heavily influenced by the fear that there is some[…]

April 26 04
 
DO NOT WANT: Learning from Mistakes in Training

“DO NOT WANT” – three little, but effective words stated to me by Greg one day during practice when I did a clean off the blocks that was so horrendous, even I had to glance at him with a look of terror and somewhat disbelief as I was still completin[…]

January 18 01
 
Some Words From The Olympic Weightlifting Champions

The London Olympics finished up a few months ago. Recently, I got the new issue of World Weightlifting in my mailbox. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, World Weightlifting is the official magazine of the International Weightlifting Federation[…]

A Thank You and a Warning

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December 6 12
 
A Thank You and a Warning

You don’t do sloppy work at your job, do you? If you’re an airplane mechanic, you don’t just spray some WD40 on a malfunctioning engine and then say, “That’s all I can do. I hope this sucker holds together.” If you’re a paramedic, you don’t give an a[…]

Dumb Movie Questions

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August 30 08
 
Dumb Movie Questions

People seemed to like my previous Dumb Weightlifting Questions blog post, so I figured it would be a more entertaining way to get some information across about American Weightlifting. These are all real questions or comments I’ve received, sometimes[…]

August 30 08
 
Why I Don't Travel More for Seminars

I’ve been giving my own Olympic weightlifting seminars for seven or eight years now. I started helping my coach, Mike Burgener, at his seminars in 2006, and began providing my own when the demand was made known to me. Initially, I traveled a reasonab[…]

August 21 08
 
Maybe They're Not THAT Bad: Personalities in the Gym

I’m just going to ask you a blunt question, okay? Here it goes. How often do you have to spend time in the gym with people you don’t like? Think about the times, present or past, when you have to be around somebody you basically can’t stand. This mig[…]

Your Tribe

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August 8 08
 
Your Tribe

Tribe defined by Merriam Webster: A group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. I remember vividly my first few months of weightlifting. I have lifted weights in some style since high school, but had never dabbled in Olympic[…]

July 18 07
 
Keeping Your Gym Environment Strong

When you’re a coach, one of your responsibilities is protecting your gym’s mojo. What the heck am I talking about? Let me explain. First, we have to understand what “mojo” is. The mojo in your gym is a collective feeling of teamwork, enthusiasm, posi[…]

July 2 07
 
Love The One You're With: Appreciating What You Have

I'm writing this blog entry on September 11th, 2011. As the whole world is aware of, this is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Ten years ago, we all found out that you can lose everything you have in an instant.[…]

June 4 06
 
Starting a Weightlifting Team

This month, I decided to provide a simple guide to starting a weightlifting team. More and more interest is developing in weightlifting competition, and the process can seem mysterious to those who have not yet been exposed to it. This article should[…]

Attitude Adjustment

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June 3 06
 
Attitude Adjustment

I do my best to fly under the radar (phrase and advice supplied by Eva T years ago)—to do my thing, do it as well as I can, and let the rest slide off my back. Unfortunately I appear to be a drama magnet and have found it impossible to escape. The pa[…]

May 8 05
 
Greg Everett: Building A Dynasty

Floelite came out to Catalyst Athletics in June 2014 to film, but all of the footage was stolen. They made it back out recently for a second shot. Here it is:[…]

May 1 05
 
We Need More Disciplinarians: Coaching Youth Athletes

Do you want to know one of the things I find most pathetic in weightlifting, and sports in general? It’s when coaches let their best athletes get away with crappy behavior, simply because they’re the best athletes. This makes me want to puke. It’s ev[…]