Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/%2A en There Are No Secret Training Programs http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/there-are-no-secret-training-programs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/there-are-no-secret-training-programs" 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-are-no-secret-training-programs" 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-or-an-individual-effort <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-or-an-individual-effort" 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-or-an-individual-effort" 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 2 Effective Methods of Getting Your Lifts Off the Ground http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/2-effective-methods-of-getting-your-lifts-off-the-ground <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/2-effective-methods-of-getting-your-lifts-off-the-ground" 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/20140604/102471987729601160778604248159189431974350n.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 the consistency of the "get set" method better? Or the risk and reward of the "dive" method? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One aspect of weightlifting technique seldom discussed in any detail is the starting position</strong>. Most specifically, how to get into that starting position and how quickly the bar is separated from the platform.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/2-effective-methods-of-getting-your-lifts-off-the-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Clean get set position snatch weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 19741 at http://breakingmuscle.com Weightlifting for Kids: How to Attain Crucial Parental Buy-In http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-for-kids-how-to-attain-crucial-parental-buy-in <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-for-kids-how-to-attain-crucial-parental-buy-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/20140602/617023473849d7f86d27z.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">We must make sure the sport is appealing and safe for the child - and matches the parent’s expectations. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">In weightlifting, attaining parental buy-in is no easy challenge. The stereotype still exists that lifting weights is dangerous for a child&#39;s health and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/it-will-not-stunt-growth-strength-programming-for-the-adolescent-athlete" target="_blank">maturation process</a>.<strong> In reality, the assumption that weightlifting will make someone short is the same as that of basketball making someone tall</strong>.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-for-kids-how-to-attain-crucial-parental-buy-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids olympic weightlifting weight training youth Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 19556 at http://breakingmuscle.com What Makes a Great Weightlifting Gym? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-makes-a-great-weightlifting-gym <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/what-makes-a-great-weightlifting-gym" 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/20140528/squaresmall.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">Great bars and bumpers are a given. But what other factors should be considered when opening your own weightlifting gym? </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>When we first began planning the new Takano Athletics gym, we did so entirely with the intention of putting together the best weightlifting facility that we possibly could</strong>. Of course, equipment was a primary consideration, and it should be in the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/ideas-to-consider-when-opening-up-a-business-for-the-first-time" target="_blank">planning of a gym</a>, but there were other important considerations, as well. </span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> <strong>Equipment</strong></h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-makes-a-great-weightlifting-gym" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching equipment gym weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 19321 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Brief History of Humor in Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-brief-history-of-humor-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/a-brief-history-of-humor-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/20140528/shutterstock169931993.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">Recently, I came across a joke specific to our sport that will get a nervous laugh, especially for those of masters age. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Weightlifting is not a sport that owes a lot to humor</strong>. While many weightlifters are inveterate joke tellers, the jokes usually are derived from other activities and not from their sport. Maybe there just isn&#39;t that much humor to be mined from the iron game.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> The Brief History of Humor in Weightlifting</h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-brief-history-of-humor-in-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle humour weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 29 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 19171 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Problem of Power, Money, and Integrity in Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-problem-of-power-money-and-integrity-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/the-problem-of-power-money-and-integrity-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/20140520/shutterstock166573397.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">Every so often we get somebody drifting into our sport who thinks he is going to get rich. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Since I last wrote in this space a week ago, I have been to yet another high-profile competition. Last week it was the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-pan-american-youth-weightlifting-championships-and-the-wonder-of-youth-its" target="_blank">youth Pan Americans</a> in Lima, Peru. This week it was the Canadian senior championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-problem-of-power-money-and-integrity-in-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle integrity officials Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 22 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 18681 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Pan-American Youth Weightlifting Championships and the Wonder of Youth Itself http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-pan-american-youth-weightlifting-championships-and-the-wonder-of-youth-its <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-pan-american-youth-weightlifting-championships-and-the-wonder-of-youth-its" 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/20140514/5454251403fa55cac886z.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">Looking back from my current stage of life, much has now changed for youth weightlifters. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In weightlifting, &quot;youth&quot; comprises any lifter up to December 31 of the year he or she turns seventeen. </strong>This is the youngest age for which competition is held. About a year ago I wrote in this space about my impressions gathered <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-makes-masters-competition-different-from-regular-competition" target="_blank">from attending the Pan-American Masters Weightlifting Championships</a> (for those 35 and over). This year I decided to investigate the other end of the age range.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-pan-american-youth-weightlifting-championships-and-the-wonder-of-youth-its" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle competition kids fitness kids sports olympic weightlifting parenting travel Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 15 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 18076 at http://breakingmuscle.com Music and Weightlifting Don't Mix (Or Do They?) http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/music-and-weightlifting-dont-mix-or-do-they <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/music-and-weightlifting-dont-mix-or-do-they" 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/20140430/shutterstock68615092.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">Like the music itself, this is highly subject to the tastes of its listeners. If it helps, use it. If it doesn't, don't. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There are many exercise modes in the fitness industry today that use music to enhance their workouts</strong>. There are <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-music-affects-your-workout" target="_blank">a number of benefits </a>to using the tunes.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/music-and-weightlifting-dont-mix-or-do-they" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle music olympic weightlifting weightlifting meet Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 01 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 17131 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Tale of Two Lifters and Their Coaches http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-tale-of-two-lifters-and-their-coaches <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/a-tale-of-two-lifters-and-their-coaches" 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/20140414/shutterstock109428038.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">I feel the need to discuss some common mistakes that I see occurring frequently at local weightlifting meets. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I felt the need to discuss some common mistakes that I see occurring frequently at <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/for-crossfitters-7-strategies-for-success-in-your-first-olympic-weightlifting-" target="_blank">local weightlifting meets</a>.</strong> In an effort to make them more germane to aspiring coaches I&rsquo;ve chosen this format where I compare the efforts of two fictional lifters and their<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-to-choose-the-right-weightlifting-coach-for-you" target="_blank"> ficti</a></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-tale-of-two-lifters-and-their-coaches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching learning olympic weightlifting Teaching weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 15881 at http://breakingmuscle.com