Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/%2A en A Step-by-Step Guide to a Perfect Jerk http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-jerk-weightlifting-s-red-headed-stepchild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-jerk-weightlifting-s-red-headed-stepchild" 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/201412/jerksqiare.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">Here's exactly what you should be doing from start to finish to ensure a safe and successful lift. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">When it comes to Olympic weightlifting, the snatch and clean get the most attention. <strong>The jerk just doesn&#39;t get the same amount of love.</strong> As a trainer, I&rsquo;ll take some of the blame. My weightlifting teaching progressions address the snatch first, followed by the clean, with the jerk bringing up the rear.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-jerk-weightlifting-s-red-headed-stepchild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk dip drive grip jerk lock out overhead split jerk stance Olympic Weightlifting Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +0000 28271 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cutting Weight in Weightlifting: Is There a Better Way? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/when-should-athletes-weigh-in <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/when-should-athletes-weigh-in" 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/201412/weighinsquare.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">Athletes have died trying to make weight. Therefore, efforts at reform in this area crop up regularly. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Weightlifting, powerlifting, and the combat sports are characterized by the fact they give opportunity to athletes of all sizes. <strong>In these sports, it is standard practice to cut weight from a bodyweight above the competition limits</strong>. Competitors believe they can lose this extra weight at the last minute without penalty. Within limits, these athletes are correct. But athletes do not always stay within the limits.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/when-should-athletes-weigh-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> boxing breakingmuscle cutting weight dieting weigh-in weight class weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 28231 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Ways Stress Can Harm Weightlifting Technique http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-effect-of-stress-on-technique <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-effect-of-stress-on-technique" 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/201412/stresssquare.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">In a competition, it is often the psychological stress that will defeat you, not strength. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We are all familiar with how difficult it is to learn the technique of the Olympic lifts, or any similar athletic movements.</strong> The field events, gymnastics, and martial arts - all are complex and require some time to master. Practice can improve technique, but that same technique can desert you in times of high stress.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-effect-of-stress-on-technique" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fatigue intensity olympic weightlifting practice stress technique Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 27946 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Scientific Differences Between Weightlifting and Powerlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-scientific-differences-between-weightlifting-and-powerlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-scientific-differences-between-weightlifting-and-powerlifting" 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/201412/wlplsquare.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">At first glance, the differences are obvious. But the two sports are more closely related than you may think. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As aging lifters are wont to do, I recently entered into a discussion with an old training buddy about the differences between the various weight disciplines.</strong> (At our ages, we have a lot more energy for discussion than we do for moving iron.)</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-scientific-differences-between-weightlifting-and-powerlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle extension fast twitch momentum olympic weightlifting powerlifting speed tempo Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 27751 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Difference Between Age and Maturation in Youth Weightlifters http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/when-should-you-start-weightlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/when-should-you-start-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/201411/91951300634fe211a162z.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 periods of development we can capitalize on, and what periods we must approach with caution? </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Over the last few decades, there has been a trend to begin the training of children at ever-younger ages.</strong> This was pointed out most dramatically in 1982 when a fifteen-year-old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naim_S%C3%BCleymano%C4%9Flu" target="_blank">Naum Suleymanoglu</a> set not only junior, but also senior world records.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/when-should-you-start-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> age bones breakingmuscle growth kids strength training maturation weightlifting youth Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 27616 at http://breakingmuscle.com What Separates a CrossFit Coach From a Weightlifting Coach? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-bias <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-bias" 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/201411/wlsquare2.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">I earned my CrossFit L1 in 2010 and for some reason thought I was qualified to coach lifts. I was horrible. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There is a train of thought in the worlds of <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/sport-as-art-slow-motion-hd-video" target="_blank">art</a> and music that before you can break the rules, you must first learn the rules.</strong> If you want to smack paint all over the canvas like <a href="http://www.jackson-pollock.org/" target="_blank">Jackson Pollock</a>&nbsp;(right), you must first learn to paint like <a href="http://www.leonardoda-vinci.org/" target="_blank">Da Vinci</a>&nbsp;(left).&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-bias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching experience level 1 lifting olympic weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 27506 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 5 Best Olympic Weightlifting Shoes for Lifting and CrossFit http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/olympic-lifting-shoe-comparison <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/olympic-lifting-shoe-comparison" 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/201411/armourbuildingiinov82.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">How do today's shoes stack up? We ranked them in five categories so you can choose the shoe that’s best for you. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">It can be informative to read a review of a model of weightlifting shoe. But it would be more informative to learn <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-5-best-olympic-weightlifting-shoes-for-under-200-in-2012" target="_blank">how multiple models stack up against each other</a>, right?&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/olympic-lifting-shoe-comparison" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adidas breakingmuscle inov8 lifting shoes reebok risto shoes vs athletics weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 27346 at http://breakingmuscle.com An Easy Method to Teach a Perfect Weightlifting Start Position http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/scapulae-in-wl <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/scapulae-in-wl" 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/201411/scapsquare.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">Here's how we get a new athlete to approach the bar and simply set his or her back correctly without much thought. </div></div></div><div> <strong><span style="font-size:18px;">New athletes typically do one of two things with their upper backs when approaching a snatch or a clean:</span></strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ol> <li> <span style="font-size:18px;">They over-tighten their upper back</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:18px;">They don&rsquo;t think about it at all</span></li> </ol> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/scapulae-in-wl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Clean get set lats mobility Scapulae snatch stability start position weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000 27206 at http://breakingmuscle.com Want a Bigger Jerk? It's All About the 2-Phase Dip http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-two-phase-jerk-dip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-two-phase-jerk-dip" 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/201410/dipsquare.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">These two phases may not be distinct to the onlooker, but they are as far as the muscles are concerned. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><em>Recently, I<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-hesitation-dip-he-who-hesitates-is-lost" target="_blank">&nbsp;wrote about a common error in the jerk&nbsp;</a>- that of stopping at the bottom of the dip. Due to the response, I&rsquo;m going to expand upon the dip so we might understand this phase of the jerk a little more.</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-two-phase-jerk-dip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> acceleration breakingmuscle decceleration dip jerk weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 26601 at http://breakingmuscle.com Slow Down: Chad Vaughn's Free 4-Week Weightlifting Program http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/slow-down-chad-vaughns-free-4-week-weightlifting-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/slow-down-chad-vaughns-free-4-week-weightlifting-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/201410/fringe-38copy.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">Overhead stability, bar path, extension, and head movement are guide this initial program and lead towards all of the variations and progressions. </div></div></div><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/strength-conditioning-chad-vaughn-week-1" target="_blank">Click Here to Start Coach Vaughn&#39;s Free 4-Week Program</a></h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/slow-down-chad-vaughns-free-4-week-weightlifting-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk crossfit olympic weightlifting snatch weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 26096 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Benefits of Weightlifting Meets for Specific Skill Levels http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/no-more-novice-congestion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/no-more-novice-congestion" 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/201410/novquare.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"> While athlete growth has been significant, the growth in weightlifting infrastructure has not. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">With the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-sport-of-weightlifting-versus-weightlifting-for-other-sports" target="_blank">popularity of CrossFit and its use of Olympic lifting</a> in its routines, we are also seeing a rise in people interested in entering an official weightlifting event. In addition to CrossFit, many other sports are now using the Olympic lifts as training aids. <strong>All of this has led to the revitalization of weightlifting competitions.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/no-more-novice-congestion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginner breakingmuscle competition loading novice referee weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 26341 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Dip Error You Don't Even Know You're Making http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-secret-to-mastering-the-jerk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-secret-to-mastering-the-jerk" 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/201410/pic21.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">Learn to change direction quickly, without hesitation, and you will be able to jerk anything you can clean. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I have noticed a basic error that many newcomers to weightlifting, both young and old, are now making</strong>. The problem occurs during the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-fundamental-aspects-of-the-dip-perfecting-your-jerk" target="_blank">dip portion of the jerk</a>, in the clean and jerk event.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-secret-to-mastering-the-jerk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle dip jerk kinetic energy stretch reflex weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 26026 at http://breakingmuscle.com Weightlifting Will Make You Shorter (and Other Ridiculous Assumptions) http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/basketball-makes-you-taller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/basketball-makes-you-taller" 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/squareheight.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 myth remains that weightlifting prevents growth of the bones, and young athletes will remain short. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In the sport of weightlifting, it has been and often still remains to be believed that partaking in the sport will result in making a person shorter</strong>. Specifically, the myth remains in regards to the training of youths, with <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/it-will-not-stunt-growth-strength-programming-for-the-adolescent-athlete" target="_blank">the idea that the weightlifting movements will somehow prevent any growth of the skeletal system</a>, and young athletes will remain short.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/basketball-makes-you-taller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> action sports breakingmuscle Children fitness myths growth kids olympic weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 25181 at http://breakingmuscle.com An Analysis of Interesting Weightlifting Records and Trends http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/an-analysis-of-interesting-weightlifting-records-and-trends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/an-analysis-of-interesting-weightlifting-records-and-trends" 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/ilia.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">Did you know that the average junior world record is 97.5% of the corresponding senior world record? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/but-what-do-they-mean-an-analysis-of-weightlifting-world-records" target="_blank">Every year about this time</a> I take a look at the world records in the sport of weightlifting. <strong>I guess it&#39;s the accountant coming out in me, as I like to do a bit of horizontal and vertical analysis of the best performances in our sport</strong>. I am not going to repost all of the records here. Those are easy enough to find on the<a href="http://www.iwf.net/" target="_blank"> IWF website</a>.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/an-analysis-of-interesting-weightlifting-records-and-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and jerk female juniors male men ratio snatch weightlifting women youth Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 25236 at http://breakingmuscle.com Return on Investment: When to Prioritize Weakness and Strength http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-you-work-on-your-weaknesses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/should-you-work-on-your-weaknesses" 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/shutterstock203358709.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">Is there any case for only concentrating on your strong points? I am going to say, “Yes." </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We all have been taught from our earliest days that we must work on our weak points</strong>. This is true no matter what our endeavor, whether it be our school work, our job, our relationships, or of course, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-problem-is-you-time-to-face-your-weaknesses" target="_blank">our sport training</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-you-work-on-your-weaknesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle learning masters athletes strengths technique weaknesses weightlifting youth Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 24951 at http://breakingmuscle.com