ATLANTA - JUNE 20:  Cara Heads of the U.S. competes in the weightlifting competition at the Titan Games at Philips Arena on June 20, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The OLIFT Podcast: The Jerk Split vs Power

Header photo credit: Getty Images In the early years of Weightlifting, athletes performed several lifts such as the Clean and Press, the One-Armed Snatch, the Press, the Two-hand Snatch, and the Clean and Jerk. Over time we  In Weightlifting there are two things that remain constant and universally agreed upon: 1) we Snatch and 2) we Clean and Jerk. Beyond those, not many weightlifters or … Continue reading The OLIFT Podcast: The Jerk Split vs Power

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21 Questions with Nicole Lim

Cover photo credit: skipphotography.com “I’d love it if I could inspire women to lift. That would make me happy.” Those were the exact words used by Nicole Lim as we sat under a table umbrella at Baja Taqueria on Piedmont Avenue in North Oakland, California. Nicole agreed to chat with me while we refueled ourselves after a light Sunday training session. By the way, shout … Continue reading 21 Questions with Nicole Lim

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The OLIFT Podcast: The Next Quad

With the end of the Rio Summer Olympic Games, we must now look forward to what’s to come over The Next Quad. The start of The Next Quad is always interesting because we get to see new faces, and we get to see who has enough grit to stick around long enough to see their Olympic dreams come true. On this episode we recap the Weightlifting … Continue reading The OLIFT Podcast: The Next Quad

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The OLIFT Podcast: Interview with Linzey Beister Gold Coast Weightlifting Club

Released 29 August 2016 We have our first international guest! His name is Linzey Beister and he coaches Weightlifting in Australia. Linzey has coached hundreds of athletes in Weightlifting by way of Personal Coaching, Weightlifting Classes and one day Weightlifting Clinics. His main focus is coaching Weightlifting full time, around 30 hours per week while running the Weightlifting Club. Read more about him at Gold … Continue reading The OLIFT Podcast: Interview with Linzey Beister Gold Coast Weightlifting Club

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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)

Greece's Pyrros Dimas looks to the spectators as he competes during the men's 85 kg (group A) weighlifting competition of the Olympic games at Nikaia Olympic Weighlifting Hall in Athens, 21 August 2004.

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