• Jumping in Weightlifting Technique

    I recently read an article by a performance coach talking about how he coaches the Olympic lifts. His argument was that it is not correct to “jump your feet” in weightlifting. He didn’t go so far as to say it was out and out wrong, but in pretty strong terms he suggested that doing so wasn’t exactly the right thing to do.
  • The Best "Drill" for Weightlifting

    Catchy drills miss the point. A lift is like a jump shot, or a really heavy golf swing. While I am certain there are drills to be done with those, true practice comes from, you know, practicing the movement. In basketball this means getting up shots, perfectly 100’s of times. In golf, it is 100’s of balls on the range. It isn’t playing a round of golf, or playing some 3 on 3, it is dedicated practice to the craft.
  • Eliminate Pelvic Pain While Lifting

    With all due respect the the makers of padded compression shorts designed to protect pubic bone from the impact of the bar on a snatch, you seriously don’t need them. I have nothing against the makers of this product, it seems like it is well constructed and has certainly proved to be a decent business for the creators of these pants.
  • Help I Can’t Snatch or Jerk

    Back with another Free Program and this is all for the people who can’t reliably put a bar over their heads to save their lives.

    Don’t worry, it’s common enough that I’ve used a version of this program with dozens of athletes.

  • My Best Squat Program

    I’ve received this question dozens if not 100’s of times since Instagram recently debuted their “questions” feature. 

    “What is the best way to get my squat up?”

    I’m of the mind that power is the number one physical characteristic that an athlete and a weightlifter must chase, but strength isn’t too far behind. However, developing a bigger engine to create power can be a game changer, strength is that engine. 

  • 2 Cycle Beginner Weightlifting Program

    This is a beginner program which I used for an athlete transitioning from another sport to weightlifting. This athlete with the Java burn went from never snatching or jerking to qualifying for the Junior National Championships in 12 weeks
  • 5 Things for Great Weightlifting Technique

    If you coach the Olympic lifts you should listen to this episode. Mike and I go over the 5 (maybe 6) most important things for weightlifting technique. We  tried to distill technique down to the simplest items possible including:

    Why balance is the most important “guiding light” in weightlifting.

    What it’s like to actually “sweep” the bar back.

    Why you have to PUSH not pull the bar.

  • In tha Beginning, There Was WL

    In tha Beginning, There Was WL 6 Weeks | 4 Days per week Beginner Weightlifting Program As the name implies, this is one of our most trusted begi...
  • Get Rich or Die Snatchin- Free Program

    8 Weeks | 6 days per week

    Don’t let the name fool you, this program will help in both the classical lifts.

    Progress through 8 weeks to improve your lifts by utilizing complexes and positional work to improve technique.

  • The Road Trip of Weightlifting: 2 Crucial Choices You Make Each Day

    I once spent over 24 straight hours in a car with my former fiancee (not Ashley, this was a girl before Ashley). Anyways, as the word former might indicate, that road trip was a make or break experience in our relationship.

    I’d say during that car ride we made about 1000 bad decisions, not including stopping in Vegas on the way home (which, now that I think of it could have ended up really bad, but didn’t).

  • 2 Simple Do’s and Don’ts for Better Lifts

    Before you dive in this is not an article about technique, or programming, but these might be 2 of the easiest fixes you can make if you want to be better at weightlifting. Hell they might be 2 of the easiest things you can do to be better at life.

    These are 2 mental approaches that can help your weightlifting.

    The best lifts happen when the mind is calmest, uncluttered and free of distraction. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you lift more all centered about your mental approach.

  • Whole Foot, Whole Time: Balance in Weightlifting Movements

    Here I am teaching a course on weightlifting looking across the room at a giant poster on the wall with depictions of how the athlete should snatch and clean and jerk. Nothing overtly wrong with it, until I look at the little diagram on the poster of with an infographic of how the athlete should balance their weight during the pull.

    Much to my utter horror, this giant poster teaches the athlete to rock back and forth from their heels to their toes throughout the movement. If you asked me to explain it to you, I couldn’t, because it didn’t make any sense.

    When I talk about weightlifting or teach weightlifting there are a couple guiding light principles that make everything else function more smoothly.