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Take it Slow Patience and Weightlifting

Anyone who knows me knows that Turkey’s Taner Sagir—who won gold in the 77 class in Athens in 2004—is among my favorite lifters to watch. When I was getting back into the sport after a multi-year hiatus shortly after those 2004 Games, Sagir represented how I wanted to lift: in a word, fast. Like, really, really, ridiculously fast. So fast I sometimes wondered if time … Continue reading Take it Slow Patience and Weightlifting

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Daydreaming In Your Warmups: How You Can Get In The Zone On Command Warmup Series: Part 2

Here is an op-ed piece by Misbah Haque from theairbornemind.com. Misbah explains what an optimal warm up looks like. Misbah is giving away a free gift to OLIFT readers to help you master the Snatch. I used to daydream about all sorts of things when I was younger. Long car rides were my favorite because I’d let my imagination go crazy. At some point, we dismiss daydreaming as a waste of time and focus … Continue reading Daydreaming In Your Warmups: How You Can Get In The Zone On Command Warmup Series: Part 2

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Olympic Games Rio 2016 Preview

It’s that time of the quad when all four corners of the world come together to battle for the crown as the world’s best athletes. That’s right, it’s time for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics to begin. There are thousands of athletes competing across dozens of sports, but you came here for one sport. Weightlifting! Check out Rio Preview episode on the OLIFT Podcast. The … Continue reading Olympic Games Rio 2016 Preview

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Let the “Games” Begin: A Look at Today’s Anti-Doping Measures (Part II)

Breaking News: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released, on July 18, 2016, the highlights of the recently conducted independent McLaren Investigation Report. This damning 103-page report strengthens the case against Russian athletes in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro. Supporters of strict anti-doping policies will cheer the release of this report that contains, among its highlights, the following: … evidence shows such subversion in … Continue reading Let the “Games” Begin: A Look at Today’s Anti-Doping Measures (Part II)

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Big News from USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews Explains Changes for the Next Quad

Three big announcements concerning USAWeightlifting Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting CEO, informed us that there would be some exciting new hires to join their team. Two international know individuals who have made significant contributions to Weightlifting. This episode is a must if you want to know what’s happening over the next quad for Weightlifting in America! Pyrros Dimas joins USAWeightlifting COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Weightlifting is delighted to confirm that Pyrros Dimas … Continue reading Big News from USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews Explains Changes for the Next Quad

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How Weightlifters Perform Repetitions Speed, Control, and Consistent Repetitions

Some of the greatest moments I have is when I’m able to teach a new lifter something that I don’t consciously think about often. There are things only a coach can teach you, and these tools of the trade aren’t necessarily expressed in most literature. You know, that little trade trick that you learned and you save it in the back of your brain until you … Continue reading How Weightlifters Perform Repetitions Speed, Control, and Consistent Repetitions

Oscar Chaplin III of the United States in the Men's 85kg in Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece on August 21, 2004. (Photo by Chris Ivin/WireImage)

Interview with Oscar Chaplin III The OLIFT Podcast

Check out this episode on iTunes! Oscar Chaplin III is a Two-time Olympian, mult-time National Champion and now USAW Hall of Famer in Weightlifting. He is one of the greatest weightlifters in United States history, Oscar began competing in the sport at just 9 years old, won his first National title at age 11, and was the youngest person to make a Junior National team … Continue reading Interview with Oscar Chaplin III The OLIFT Podcast

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● Warmups: Priming Your Mind & Body To Lift Heavy Weights

Feature photo credit:crossfitverobeach.com Here is an op-ed piece by Misbah Haque from theairbornemind.com. Misbah explains what an optimal warm up looks like. Misbah is giving away a free gift to OLIFT readers to help you master the Snatch. The objective of warm ups are to really direct how the training session will go. Warm Ups are kind of like waking up in the morning. You’re hit with a rush of … Continue reading ● Warmups: Priming Your Mind & Body To Lift Heavy Weights

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The Days You Are Looking For On Training

Training, done consistently, gives time a certain stability, as you string together days and weeks and months and years in the gym. The steady rhythm of rubber plates dropping to the platforms, the sharp and high crack of shoes against wood, the metallic clanking of the smaller plates, the accumulation of sets and reps and kilos—all define and give shape to the space around you … Continue reading The Days You Are Looking For On Training

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Round Table Discussion: Doping, USAW Resident Program, and RIO

With all the doping sanctions in sport just before the Rio Olympics, it’s an appropriate time to discuss how it all affects Weightlifting. Also, the USAW Resident Athlete program, which housed and supported some of our nation’s best lifters, has been shut down. Lastly, we discuss the affairs surrounding the Rio Olympics, and our Olympic Weightlifting team. Check out this episode on iTunes! Continue reading Round Table Discussion: Doping, USAW Resident Program, and RIO