Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/%2A en Is Your Flexibility Determined Through Genetics or Training? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/is-your-flexibility-determined-through-genetics-or-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/is-your-flexibility-determined-through-genetics-or-training" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/felxsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Regardless of your physical makeup, the way you train can still have great influence on your level of flexibility. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Flexibility is the great bugbear for many weightlifters.</strong> Almost all recruits have to do remedial flexibility work when they start training in order to get the most out of themselves. Most trainees need extra work to get their shoulder, hip, knee, and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/super-d-video-how-to-increase-ankle-flexion-and-save-your-knees" target="_blank">ankle joints</a> flexible enough to hit the proper lifting positions.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/is-your-flexibility-determined-through-genetics-or-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ankle breakingmuscle flexibility hip range of motion shoulder weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 24446 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Evolution of Weightlifting Coaching http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-evolution-of-weightlifting-coaching <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-evolution-of-weightlifting-coaching" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/cropped2.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Weightlifting coaching cannot be learned over a weekend, and even to practice it at entry level takes considerable preparation. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In today&rsquo;s fast moving pace of any movement that gains popularity with the masses, practices and procedures change at an almost dizzying rate. </strong>What was cool yesterday is pass&eacute; today, just because of what seems to be a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/3-traps-of-modern-day-thinking-and-how-to-avoid-them-in-training" target="_blank">societal ADHD</a>.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-evolution-of-weightlifting-coaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle certifications coaching education internships knowledge weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 23901 at http://breakingmuscle.com When Referees Go Wrong: How to Handle Harsh Calls http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/when-referees-go-wrong-how-to-handle-harsh-calls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/when-referees-go-wrong-how-to-handle-harsh-calls" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/iwflogo.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When decisions go against you or your athletes, you can feel like you’ve been unjustly penalized. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Officiating is not an easy job regardless of your sport</strong>. </span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;">Weightlifting is no exception.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> The Difficulties and Disagreements of Refereeing</h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/when-referees-go-wrong-how-to-handle-harsh-calls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle judging officials referee weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 23836 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Analyze Which of Your Lifts Need Attention http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-to-analyze-which-of-your-lifts-need-attention <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/how-to-analyze-which-of-your-lifts-need-attention" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/103082176993777401213471995501443624106574n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You have to do a certain amount of every lift to ensure strength and skill development. But how do you know which is weakest and how to adapt your training? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Last week we looked at <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-tonnage-calculations-can-make-you-a-better-lifter" target="_blank">an overview of volume or tonnage calculation</a> in analyzing your training load. This week we take a look at how that figure can be broken down and analyzed further.<strong> It is one thing to say that your average intensity is 100 kilos, but it makes a great deal of difference how that average is made up.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-to-analyze-which-of-your-lifts-need-attention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle exercise selection intensity powerlifting volume weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 23531 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Tonnage Calculations Can Make You a Better Lifter http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-tonnage-calculations-can-make-you-a-better-lifter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/how-tonnage-calculations-can-make-you-a-better-lifter" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock139327835copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What are you doing with all those numbers in your lifting journal? Do you know the formulas you should be using to plan your training? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Read any book about training and you will be advised to keep track of your progress <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/coaching-tip-the-importance-of-journaling" target="_blank">via a workout log</a>. </strong>This can be useful, as you can see your progress made over time. But what many of these books do not do is suggest that the information recorded can be analyzed and used to get a more nuanced look at your stats.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-tonnage-calculations-can-make-you-a-better-lifter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 1RM breakingmuscle journals olympic weightlifting percentages weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 23286 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Mistake That's Costing You Pounds in Your Cleans http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-mistake-thats-costing-you-pounds-in-your-cleans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-mistake-thats-costing-you-pounds-in-your-cleans" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/mg3396.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">There is a phenomenon in CrossFit that is remarkably consistent across all time zones, borders, and accents. It’s the hitch and bounce. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There is a phenomenon in CrossFit that is remarkably consistent across all time zones, borders, and accents.</strong> It appears to be something that we, as budding athletes, either see and mimic, or it&rsquo;s some weird instinctual process that we just do, until someone tells us differently.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><span style="font-size:18px;">It&rsquo;s the hitch and bounce.</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-mistake-thats-costing-you-pounds-in-your-cleans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk crossfit olympic weightlifting technique weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 23261 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Warming Up the Right Way Can Still Go Wrong http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-warming-up-the-right-way-can-still-go-wrong <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/how-warming-up-the-right-way-can-still-go-wrong" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/19118227208847779520611843359849n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">First, I’m going to tell you how a warm up should go. Then, I’m going to discuss all the factors you aren't considering that might have you get injured. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Your warm up is an important part of your workout.</strong> We all know this, hopefully. But it is particularly important when it comes to being ready to make a complex lift with limit poundages all the while preventing injury. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">First, I&rsquo;m going to tell you how the warm up should go. <strong>And then, I&rsquo;m going to discuss all the ways it can go horribly wrong.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-warming-up-the-right-way-can-still-go-wrong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting warm up warm up drills weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22966 at http://breakingmuscle.com Should a Weightlifter Watch Other Lifters? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-a-lifter-watch-other-lifters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/should-a-lifter-watch-other-lifters" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/watchsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Watching fellow lifters perform can be problematic. Get used to being watched, but don’t watch too many failures. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">Most people involved in the sport of weightlifting, whether they are athletes,<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/coaching-education-approaches-some-thoughts-on-the-instruction-of-weightliftin" target="_blank"> coaches</a>, officials, or administrators, like to watch other lifters perform. <strong>That is how we get inspired and that is how we learn. </strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-a-lifter-watch-other-lifters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anxiety breakingmuscle coaching competition teammates weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22606 at http://breakingmuscle.com There Are No Secret Training Programs http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/there-is-no-secret-training-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/there-is-no-secret-training-program" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/square_10.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The training program is only a part of the process of developing a weightlifter. A large part of the magic lies in the implementation of the plan. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>At the recently concluded NSCA National Conference, I attended a presentation about program design.</strong> The presenter was my long-time cohort <a href="http://www.gopack.com/genrel/alejo_bob00.html" target="_blank">Bob Alejo</a>, currently the Assistant Athletic Director of Strength and Conditioning at North Carolina State University.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/there-is-no-secret-training-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching olympic weightlifting physiology Programming Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22176 at http://breakingmuscle.com Is Weightlifting a Team Sport or an Individual Effort? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/is-weightlifting-a-team-sport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/is-weightlifting-a-team-sport" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/7717704972082957e66az.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Team placing strategy can often conflict with individual ambitions. Let's break down how this can happen. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Recently, I got into a discussion with some of our local weightlifting administrators as to whether weightlifting is or is not a team sport</strong>. It is easy for the pros of this argument to cite the team scoring rules as outlined in the <a href="http://www.iwf.net/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/10/IWF-TCRR-September-2013.pdf" target="_blank">International Weightlifting Federation&rsquo;s Technical and Competition Rules and Regulations.&nbsp;</a></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> Team Sport or Individual Effort?</h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/is-weightlifting-a-team-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting team sport weight classes winning Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 22261 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Surprising New Sport of Brazil http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-surprising-new-sport-of-brazil <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-surprising-new-sport-of-brazil" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/square_7.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You think the only Brazilian sports worth mentioning are fútbol or beach volleyball? Jorge Califrer is pioneering the sport of weightlifting in Brazil. </div></div></div><div> <em><span style="font-size:18px;">Jorge Califrer is pioneering the sport of Olympic weightlifting in Brazil.&nbsp;</span></em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-surprising-new-sport-of-brazil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> brazil breakingmuscle Olympics weightlifting youth Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 21956 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why It's Not All About the Weight You Are Lifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-its-not-all-about-the-weight-you-are-lifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/why-its-not-all-about-the-weight-you-are-lifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/1966812669362779789510259737979n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Weight is important. But speed of movement is an informative index to evaluate efficacy of training. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Speed of movement, of both the lift and the lifter, is a critical factor in the performances of the snatch and clean and jerk</strong>. It is also, along with rhythm and dynamics, an important index for determining the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching/the-effectiveness-of-training-long-distance-clients-over-the-internet" target="_blank">efficacy of a training program</a> and the fitness of the lifter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-its-not-all-about-the-weight-you-are-lifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching olympic weightlifting Programming speed Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 20776 at http://breakingmuscle.com What to Do (and Not Do) on Competition Day http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-to-do-and-not-do-on-competition-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/what-to-do-and-not-do-on-competition-day" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/4632019479566752ecb4z.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Complacency and lack of consideration of all aspects of competition can cost you many kilos on your total. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Nowadays more lifters than ever are entering weightlifting competitions. Accordingly, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/for-crossfitters-7-strategies-for-success-in-your-first-olympic-weightlifting-" target="_blank">many of these people are new to competition</a> and they may or may not always know what is the best course of action on the day of the meet.<strong> So what should you do or not do on the few days of the year that you are competing?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-to-do-and-not-do-on-competition-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anxiety breakingmuscle competition event preparation weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 20766 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Weightlifting Mistake You Didn't Know You Make http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-weightlifting-mistake-you-didnt-know-you-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-weightlifting-mistake-you-didnt-know-you-make" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/squarepull.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Many lifters pull the bar upward unevenly. This is not ideal. In weightlifting, symmetry is everything. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Much has been written about the trajectory of the barbell on its path upwards. <strong>At one time it seemed to many coaches that the ideal upward trajectory would be a straight line</strong>. After all, didn&#39;t our <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-high-school-physics-can-help-us-with-our-weightlifting" target="_blank">physics teachers</a> tell us that a straight line was the shortest distance between two points?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-weightlifting-mistake-you-didnt-know-you-make" target="_blank">read more</a></p> asymmetry breakingmuscle pull s-shaped symmetry trajectory weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 20476 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Often Should You Compete in Weightlifting? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-often-should-you-compete-in-weightlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/how-often-should-you-compete-in-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/64104223072f3bf0c58az.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Weightlifting does not really have a competitive season. So the question arises for newcomers: "How often should we compete?" </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Today there are large numbers of CrossFit and other athletes who have decided to <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-sport-of-weightlifting-versus-weightlifting-for-other-sports" target="_blank">try a weightlifting career</a>. </strong>To those unfamiliar with our sport the idea of infrequent competition comes as a bit of a shock. Athletes in many other sports are accustomed to competing every weekend or even more often, at least during their season.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-often-should-you-compete-in-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition crossfit olympic weightlifting periodization weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 20216 at http://breakingmuscle.com