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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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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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● 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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Episode 11 – Matt Foreman The OLIFT Magazine Podcast

Matt Foreman is a Weightlifter, a coach, a teacher, and a writer. We interviewed Foreman because of his long-running history in Olympic Weightlifting and because his passion helping others become better Weightlifters. Check out this episode on iTunes! John Paul Nicoletta JP Nicoletta started lifting at 16 years old and has been involved in Olympic Weightlifting since 1992. He competed at a National level as … Continue reading Episode 11 – Matt Foreman The OLIFT Magazine Podcast

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Bar Force Vectors: Jessica Lucero 110kg Clean 2015 World Championship

Vectors are a visual tool for representing forces that are not easily visible to the observer. While the name may seem complicated, really the vector is simply an arrow whose length represents the amount of force and whose direction represents the direction that the force acts in.  In these analyses, the dynamics of the end of the barbell are measured and the forces acting on … Continue reading Bar Force Vectors: Jessica Lucero 110kg Clean 2015 World Championship

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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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Lessons For New Lifters and Coaches What Every Successful Weightlifter Does

If there is one thing I’ve learned in life it’s this: Figuring things out the hard way really sucks. If you ask a coach with years of experience, they could probably tell you dozens of dumb mistakes they have made along the way.  But you do not have to take that route. In fact, whether you’re new to lifting or getting your feet wet via coaching … Continue reading Lessons For New Lifters and Coaches What Every Successful Weightlifter Does

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My Experiment Performing Clean and Jerks With Straps What I Did and What I Learned

**”The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.” With that said, here is my scientific experiment performing clean and jerks with straps. First, Yasha Kahn wrote a guest post about cleaning … Continue reading My Experiment Performing Clean and Jerks With Straps What I Did and What I Learned

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Coaches – Don’t Create Individualized Programming for Beginners!

A dedicate this post to my coach, Marty Schnorf. You’ve taught me so much, and I am forever grateful…you crazy old man! Beginning lifters do not need individualized programs. Several things are true about beginners, which makes individualized programming unnecessary. Beginners: are not yet technically proficient do not possess optimal workload capacity have not mastered new motor patterns and coordination often quit before a year’s … Continue reading Coaches – Don’t Create Individualized Programming for Beginners!