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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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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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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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Bar Force Vectors: Spencer Moorman Cleans 2015 Nationals

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: Spencer Moorman Cleans 2015 Nationals

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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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Cleaning With Straps A Quick How-To Guide on Cleaning with Straps

Reading time – This is a guest post from Yasha Kahn. Yasha was born in Russia, raised in Los Angeles, and grew up in Boston. He’s a weightlifter and weightlifting coach at the Norwood Training Center near Boston. Check out his website for more great articles. In 2009, one of America’s best lifters, Zach Krych, had a freak accident. While cleaning with straps, Zach lost his balance and fell … Continue reading Cleaning With Straps A Quick How-To Guide on Cleaning with Straps

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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!

Bar Force Vectors (Paredes Snatch 147, 155, 160)

The Bar Force Vector series will present objectively measured forces that are placed on the bar during select lifts of select lifters.  While bar path is also displayed true to each sequence shot, force vectors are perhaps a more useful metric.  Specifically, force vectors are visual indicators of what the bar and lifter “feel” throughout the lift.  Note that the vertical portion of the vector … Continue reading Bar Force Vectors (Paredes Snatch 147, 155, 160)

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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