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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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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

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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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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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Bar Force Vectors: Mosquera 147 kg Snatch

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: Mosquera 147 kg Snatch

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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