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Jumping Back Snatch Historical Review, Technique Analysis, and Practical Tips

Jumping back in the snatch is as controversial as Cleaning with Straps. Most coaches stand on the fence about this topic, but no coach should teach lifters to intentionally jump back during the Snatch. As a coach, you should teach your lifter to minimize horizontal movement and keep the bar close to the body while moving vertically during the pull. If coaches spend more time … Continue reading Jumping Back Snatch Historical Review, Technique Analysis, and Practical Tips

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

On June 15, 2016, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced positive anti-doping results from the re-test of 2012 Olympic samples (IWF’s official disclosure). Ten (7 female, 3 male) lifters, including seven medalists, from five countries tested positive for anabolic agents. The IWF has been notified of an additional 10 positives from the 2008 Olympic Games. Over the next few months, OLift Magazine will feature a … Continue reading Let the “Games” Begin A Look at Today’s Anti-Doping Measures (Part I)

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Lessons for New Lifters and Coaches: Teach ’em to Miss

​This is the second article of our new series, “Lessons for New Coaches.” Each week we tell stories and teach new coaches the lessons we’ve learned along the way and the things that we wished we had known when we started. The bar was loaded for a PR snatch attempt. All eyes focused on the lifter as he chalked up. The weights flew quickly overhead, snapped into … Continue reading Lessons for New Lifters and Coaches: Teach ’em to Miss

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Weightlifting and Military Service In Memory of Tommy Kono and Others

Tommy Kono, the International Weightlifting Federation’s “Lifter of the Century,” overcame numerous challenges during his weightlifting career. Not the least of these was the challenge of training and competing after being drafted into the U.S. Army. In Kono’s first book, Weightlifting, Olympic Style, he explains two very fortunate, and unusual, breaks provided by the Army that maintained his climb toward the international podium. First, while … Continue reading Weightlifting and Military Service In Memory of Tommy Kono and Others

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Big Numbers at National Championships: Do We Really Need Them?

Rip Van Winkle awakening today would be quick to conclude that weightlifting in the U.S. has greatly increased in popularity. One need only look at recent national championship events to see the previously unheard of number of competitors. There are pros and cons to this latest development. Some longtime practitioners of the sport complain meets are too large. Knowing no difference, newcomers may think such … Continue reading Big Numbers at National Championships: Do We Really Need Them?

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Are Your Lifts in Balance? Ratios For Your Performance

Lifts. Balance. Ratios. Weightlifting. At every athlete or coach clinic I conduct, one topic that invariably causes participants to drag out some form of calculator is the application of ratios to determine how well balanced a lifter’s performance may be. These figures are well known to most experienced coaches, but are intriguing for newcomers to our sport. Gene Baker, our national coaching coordinator in the … Continue reading Are Your Lifts in Balance? Ratios For Your Performance

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A Look Back: Team Awards for Weightlifting By Harvey Newton

The annual IWF World Championships are the most important international weightlifting competitions outside of the Olympics. This year, USA will host the competition the first time since 1984 inside the 853,000 square foot George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. After the competition is all said and done, and all medals are distributed, team points will be calculated and the “best” teams will be crowned. … Continue reading A Look Back: Team Awards for Weightlifting By Harvey Newton