Articles

  • How to train around an injury

    Inevitably if you train long enough you'll run into a scenario where something is banged up. A hurt shoulder, hurt knee, hurt back, hurt wrist.....
  • Deadlift Vs. Clean Start Position | What's the difference

    One of my oldest and most watched youtube videos is a video about whats the difference between a deadlift and a clean start position.  For some re...
  • How to Qualify for Paris 2024 in Weightlifting

    Recently the IOC came out with the qualifying procedures for Paris 2024 for weightlifting.  I've read these procedures front to back dozens of tim...
  • Creating a 12 week Weightlifting Program

      One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not use a plan when trying to train for weightlifting. Many athletes just try to jump into traini...
  • How To Peak For Weightlifting || 2 week taper program

      I have used the following peak (with minor athlete to athlete tweaks) to great effect 100's of times.  This has helped me put athletes on world ...
  • Fix Your Jerk with the Power Jerk

    Through my almost 33 years of life on this earth I have realized that there are only 2 kinds of people in this world:

    Those that know they will make the jerk, and those that don’t know if they will make the jerk.

  • Breathing in Weightlifting

    We almost have a joke in our gym. I say almost, because it might be true in most cases, but we say this phrase so much that it makes us laugh almost every time one of our coaches blurts it out.

    “It’s all comes back to breathing”

  • Training at Thresholds: How to Not Kill Yourself Training for Weightlifting

    Staring at your program and looking at what’s on tap for the day, you’re likely to see one of two things.

    Option 1: A hard and fast percentage of your best lift. Written in blood, on a tablet of stone, you have to hit this number or you’re a total loser.

    Option 2: Some rep max, and some back off sets at 5% or 10% less than that rep max. This should account for your daily state of rea
  • How Often Should You PR?

    Recently the following question was posed to me:

    How often should I PR?

    Specifically this was a masters lifter, running into some frustration on how he should gauge improvement.

    Weightlifting, in the first couple years, can set you up for a royal mind trick down the road. It’s as if everything is going so darn well, and then all of the sudden, it comes to a screeching halt. I’m sure if you’ve been in the sport you know about this as well as I do, but let me give you a scenario.

  • It’s More than Dip and Drive- The Jerk Has 3 Parts

    In my 20 years in weightlifting (first as a junior athlete and progressing to old man weightlifting and coaching) I have spent more time working on my jerk than anything else. It never felt right to me from day 1 over 20 years ago. I tried everything, every technical cue I read from books, everything I picked up from watching national and international meets. I even went so far as to actually switch my lead foot in an effort to re-work my jerk.
  • Weightlifting Program for Beginners

    A true beginner would be my dream scenario, a young talented athlete that wants to pursue weightlifting, one with very little training, but untapped athleticism. I don’t get many of those. In the US we don’t get many of those at all.

    Instead, i get a lot of “technical” beginners. I get athletes and individuals that know what the lifts are, have done them, and have done them with sub-standard technique. That was exactly the stage from which I began weightlifting over 18 years ago.  I had done a power clean, but it wasn’t particularly good.

  • Lifting From Blocks

    In college I would beg and plead to lift from the blocks. If snatches were listed, I’d figure out a way to get the blocks out and lift. Cleans, same. All this work from the blocks didn’t go without reward, by the time college was out I got really good at it too.