Olympic Weightlifting

A Jerk Is a Jerk (and a Press Is a Press)

Overhead presses and jerks be easily confused even though they use entirely different muscles. To the layman and novice trainees they are very similar but to insiders they are in fact very different.

How Dangerous Are Weight Lifting and Olympic Lifting, Really?

People's first thoughts about weightlifting often involve images of injury and weights falling on top of them. But how dangerous is the sport really? Probably far less than anyone imagines.

What Makes Masters Competition Different From Regular Competition?

How is masters competition different from regular, open competitions? I spoke with weightlifting competitors this past weekend and came up with three key differences.

How the Coaching of Olympic Weightlifting Has Changed

We are at an interesting period where is a swelling of interest in the Olympic lifts, but trainees lack a proper physical education. For new weightlifting coaches, the game has forever changed.

Foot Placement and Movement in Olympic Weightlifting: How to Create the Most Power

Olympic lifters didn't always squat. They used to do all split lifts. So how much should your feet move? And which is better, the power jerk or the push jerk?

The Real Way to Know a Power Lift From a Full Squat Lift

Do you know the three technical parameters that distinguish a power clean from a full squat clean? Here's how to tell the two apart, and you might be surprised.

What Your Deadlift to Squat Ratio Can Tell You About Your Olympic Lifts

We've talked about the ratios of the deadlift and squat in relationship to your Olympic lifts, but what about in relation to each other? If you can squat X, how much should you be able to deadlift?

Little Fish in a Big Pond: A Lesson in Competition and Humility

Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to an athlete is to win his or her first competition. Because the wrong attitude can lead to a very humbling experience later on.

What Your Pulling Height Tells You About Your Olympic Lifts

The height to which you pull the bar when performing Olympic lifts reveals some interesting information about your training and your ability. Learn how to measure it and how it applies to your goals.

10 Rules of the Lifting Platform That Apply to Everyone

Whether you're an Olympic lifter, a CrossFitter, or any other type of athlete training the Olympic lifts, there are some important rules you need to obey when stepping on the platform.

Squatting and Deadlifting: Their Correlation With the Olympic Lifts

Does a bigger squat or deadlift always mean a bigger quick lift? Is there an ideal ratio between these lifts and your Olympic lifts? Yes, there is, and here's what a bad ratio means you need to do.

Correlation and Causation: What Pubs and Churches Have to Do With Your Clean and Jerk

Your performance in one lift, even a similar one, does not necessarily correlate to your performance in another. Let me tell you a story about pubs and churches to explain.

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