2012 was a big year for Olympic weightlifting here at Breaking Muscle. Not only did we add a few new coaches and Olympic weightlifters to our list of contributors - including Bob Takano and Dresdin Archibald - but we also provided exclusive workouts and interviews with Greg Everett and Gwen Sisto. Here are our top 10 articles for Olympic weightlifters from 2012 - counting down from number ten:

 

Top 10 Olympic Weightlifting Articles of 2012

 

10. Hitting Bottom: 3 Tools to Perfect Your Olympic Weightlifting (Bob Takano)

Learning the Olympic lifts is only possible after the lifter knows the positions at the completion of each movement. This article focuses on three exercises that teach the “feeling” of the bottom.

 

9. Why Don't Olympic Weightlifters Overhead Squat? Part 2 (Nick Horton)

Part one of this article proved to be a bit controversial! In this second installment we break down why the snatch is challenging and why the overhead squat won't help you.

 

8. Featured Coach Workouts and Interviews With Greg Everett (Greg Everett and Becca Borawski)

Learn more about Greg Everett, author of Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches, and follow his exclusive workout programming.

 

7. Women in Weight Sports, Part 1: How It All Started (Dresdin Archibald)

In decades past women would never dream of competing in strength sports, and men did not encourage it. How did this all change? And why were women welcomed in the world of weightlifting?

 

6. 10 Articles for Olympic Weightlifters (Breaking Muscle HQ)

If you want solid Olympic weightlifting information, you've come to the right place. Here are 10 of our best pieces on perfecting your lifts, written by expert athletes and coaches.

 

5. Why Don't Olympic Weightlifters Overhead Squat? Part 1 (Nick Horton)

Is your snatch or your overhead squat bigger? Does it matter? Olympic weightlifters don't even bother with overhead squats. Read on to find out why it's not that helpful after all.

 

olympic lifting, bob takano, olympic weightlifting, technique4. Why Technique Matters in Olympic Weightlifting (Bob Takano)

For decades I’ve been hearing the complaints about technique coaching and training the snatch and clean and jerk. Here's why you need technique and there's no excuse for skipping over it.

 

3. Why You Need to Know Your Snatch to Clean and Jerk Ratio (Bob Takano)

An important ratio for a weightlifter to know is the ratio of the snatch to the clean and jerk. I'm going to tell you why it's important and how to make appropriate training adjustments.

 

2. Why You Need to Know Your Squat to Clean and Jerk Ratio (Bob Takano)

Do you know how much heavier than your clean and jerk your back squat should be? And do you know why this is important? Let's look over the numbers so you can check your training plan.

 

1. The 5 Best Olympic Weightlifting Shoes for Under $200 in 2012 (Nick Horton)

Gone are the days where you have to spend $250 to get a pair of shoes that will last you years. Now you can spend almost HALF of that, and have shoes that will last you for years.