Olympic Weightlifting

August 3 08
 
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk

It's been mentioned here before, but the amount of attention the jerk is given by the internet weightlifting world with regard to technique is almost non-existent compared to the snatch and clean (Apparently it’s tougher to make up names for things t[…]

August 3 08
 
Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD

There’s a right time for almost everything. There’s a time for peace, and a time for war. There’s a time for pizza, and a time for vegetables. There’s a time for celibacy, and a time for festive fornication. In your weightlifting life, there’s a time[…]

August 3 08
 
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Weightlifting Success

Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measure[…]

August 3 08
 
When Do You Reach Technical Mastery in Weightlifting?

Learning proper weightlifting technique is an important subject for so many athletes these days. Not only are many people involved in learning the snatch and clean & jerk, but it appears that there are a significant number of people teaching it i[…]

August 3 08
 
Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart

Update April 2015: The chart has been updated with the most recent competition results, a new level has been added, and the calculations for some of the figures have been changed. Most importantly, relativity to bodyweight is more accurate, i.e. the[…]

August 3 08
 
A Mental Problem Many of You Have: Confidence in Weightlifting

You probably don’t know this, but I have a weird combination of telepathic powers. It’s kind of like a blend of clairvoyance and extra-sensory perception. I can see into the minds of weightlifters and understand exactly what they’re thinking before t[…]

August 3 08
 
Lift Before You Lift: Weightlifting Training Warm-ups

You all know how I feel about warming up. I've spent a lot of time explaining it. If you've missed it somehow, I'll distill my thesis to its essence: If you're not warming-up, you're not tough or elite, you're lazy. Don't confuse this as my saying I[…]

August 3 08
 
Weightlifting Program Design: Feelings vs. Planning

There are a lot of different ways to train as a weightlifter, but two broad categories can be described by either planning and prescribing all the numbers (e.g. weights, reps, sets) or training by feel, which can mean making decisions on everything f[…]

August 3 08
 
Where Have All The PRs Gone?

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves—to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” - Unknown Do you know what weightlifting is? It is the worst bitch you could ever encounter. It frus[…]

August 3 08
 
Six Truths of Olympic Weightlifting Technique

When it comes to weightlifting technique, there are disagreements. Some are legitimate, some are questionable, and a few are downright silly. But when you sift through it all, there are a few universal Truths when it comes to the snatch and clean. If[…]

August 3 08
 
Dilemmas of Competition and Retirement

I love it when I read things that get me thinking, because that’s when I get ideas for stuff to write. One of the recent posts on this blog was from my friend Aimee Anaya Everett Fergie Madonna Spears, and one of the big questions in it was whether o[…]

August 3 08
 
I Lost My Weightlifting Technique and Now I'm Upset

I’ve always thought that one of the most frustrating things about being a weightlifter is that you can lose your technique. Let me explain what I mean when I say “lose your technique,” although anybody who has been an Olympic lifter for any extended[…]

August 3 08
 
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions

I’ve nearly always defined a power snatch (or clean) by a receipt above a parallel squat. This is how I was taught. For the most part, I continue to use this definition because it’s served me fine. However, at times I change my expectations based on[…]

August 3 08
 
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean

Some topics seem to generate more heat that others, and for some reason, the question of how a barbell should come into contact with the body during the snatch and clean seems to get some people extraordinarily wound up. I personally don’t lose any s[…]

August 3 08
 
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch

A common question is whether or not a lifter should keep the hook grip overhead in the snatch. This is one of those issues that doesn't have a simple answer: what works best can vary among lifters. The main issue while holding a barbell overhead is s[…]

August 3 08
 
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover

A lot more attention tends to be paid to the third pull or turnover of the snatch than the clean, likely because the consequences of poor execution tend to be more dramatic and obvious, but the turnover of the clean deserves its own share of attentio[…]

August 3 08
 
Overhead Stability in the Snatch

When an athlete has difficulty supporting the bar overhead in the snatch, it's natural to immediately assume there is insufficient strength and to address the problem with strength work. While this may often be the problem, or at least one part of it[…]

August 3 08
 
Grip Strength and Training for Weightlifting

Grip for the snatch and clean is a topic very important to me personally as someone with relatively small hands. For most lifters my size, grip is not an issue because they tend to have fairly large hands and easily get better coverage on the bar. Ev[…]