Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/%2A en Weightlifting for Athletes: Should You Be Power Jerking? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-for-athletes-you-should-be-power-jerking <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-athletes-you-should-be-power-jerking" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/1.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">Power jerking might not have a place in competitive weightlifting, but for the general athlete, it might be just what you need to gain a powerful edge. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">A few weeks back <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/would-you-be-better-off-power-jerking" target="_blank">I wrote an article that rhetorically asked if a lifter should employ the power style of jerk</a>. It was directed mainly at Olympic weightlifters and generally recommended against the power jerk in competition.</span></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201504/img6324.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-for-athletes-you-should-be-power-jerking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition core strength jerk olympic weightlifting overhead power jerk weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000 150721 at http://breakingmuscle.com Static Stretching for Flexibility In Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/static-stretching-for-flexibility-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/static-stretching-for-flexibility-in-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/img6680.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">Many coaches have written off static stretching from their programs, but you should reconsider adding it to your routine. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Weightlifting is a sport that requires a heavy use of muscles and vast amounts of flexibility,</strong> so stretches and mobilization are critical to succeed. This article provides details on how to incorporate stretches into your routine, to complement your training and aid your abilities.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/static-stretching-for-flexibility-in-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle flexibility hamstrings oly olympic weightlifting static stretching stretching weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 150621 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Closer Look: The Height of Female Lifters http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-closer-look-the-height-of-female-lifters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/a-closer-look-the-height-of-female-lifters" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/bobheader.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">Rising standards, height, and body composition in the realm of female weightlifters, examined. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">As any keen reader of Breaking Muscle&rsquo;s Olympic weightlifting articles has probably figured out by now, <strong>I am greatly interested in questions concerning weightlifting anthropometry, namely the ideal height and body composition for the various weight categories.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/a-closer-look-the-height-of-female-lifters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body body composition breakingmuscle weightlifting women's fitness Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000 150521 at http://breakingmuscle.com More Isn't Always Better: Proper Training Intensity in Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/weightlifting-the-zones-of-intensity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/weightlifting-the-zones-of-intensity" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/takanoheader.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">Find out what percentage of zone lifts provide the best conditioning for your goals. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I find it rather common that some weightlifters feel the need to consistently exercise with weights of higher and higher intensity.</strong> While there is some correlation between heavier training weights and competition results, the same can be said for lighter intensities and bar speed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="weightlifting, programming, training strategy" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201503/takanophoto1.png" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/weightlifting-the-zones-of-intensity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle conditioning olympic lifting squats training schedule weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 150231 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cleaning Up Your Dirty Clean: It's All About Technique http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/fix-your-dirty-clean <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/fix-your-dirty-clean" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/109473818712450096012854136798178469346189o.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">Olympic weightlifting is as popular as ever, and there are some common mistakes in the clean that need to corrected to stay safe. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The rising popularity of Olympic weightlifting has led to many newcomers and ex-athletes exchanging their spin bikes for barbells. </strong>Unfortunately, the level of coaching and analysis needed to teach and progress an athlete&#39;s technique is lacking - leading to a whole slew of nasty, dirty, and sometimes unsafe cleans.</span></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/fix-your-dirty-clean" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Clean clean and jerk crossfit lifting mobility olympic weightlifting strength weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 149986 at http://breakingmuscle.com Does Being Fatter Help You to Lift More? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/does-fat-help <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/does-fat-help" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/fatsquare.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">Super heavyweights in weightlifting or powerlifting always seem to lift more and more as they get heavier. What gives? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">When lifters gather around water coolers, in locker rooms, at bars, or wherever they have an opportunity to sit down and discuss the myriad aspects of their sport, they tend to speculate about the mysteries surrounding how to best progress. <strong>Many man-hours of time are devoted to this activity.</strong> Sometimes profitably, sometimes not.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/does-fat-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bodyfat breakingmuscle deadlift powerlifting Squat super heavyweight weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 84101 at http://breakingmuscle.com Would You Be Better Off Power Jerking? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-you-power-jerk <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-power-jerk" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/square.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">Let’s do a comprehensive comparison and contrast between the power jerk and the split jerk. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">For most of weightlifting&rsquo;s history, when athletes have performed the second part of the clean and jerk, they do so by splitting under the barbell - one leg goes forward while the other goes backward in a high lunge-type movement.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/should-you-power-jerk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle jerk olympic weightlifting overhead power jerk push jerk split jerk squat jerk Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 81421 at http://breakingmuscle.com Strong Is as Strong Does: Your Ideal Weightlifting Weight http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/strong-is-as-strong-does-your-ideal-weightlifting-weight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/strong-is-as-strong-does-your-ideal-weightlifting-weight" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/img6305.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">The physics of size and strength can help you determine your most competitive weight class. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><p><em><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;You don&rsquo;t look strong.&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;He (or she) doesn&rsquo;t look that strong&rdquo;</span></em></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>These words and other similar ones have been uttered in my presence much too frequently </strong>during my forty-plus ears of involvement in weightlifting. These comments are almost always delivered by people unfamiliar with the sport and their statements are directed at weightlifters.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/strong-is-as-strong-does-your-ideal-weightlifting-weight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting weight classes weightlifting youth athletes Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 31231 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Future of Olympic Weightlifting: Ilyin vs. Kashirina http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-future-of-olympic-weightlifting-ilyn-vs-kashirina <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-future-of-olympic-weightlifting-ilyn-vs-kashirina" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/olyheader.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">For Tatiana Kashirina and Ilya Ilyin, age, ethnicity, and nationality have no bearing on what they can accomplish. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">After watching the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships, I noticed two of the biggest stars of that competition were fit candidates for a compare-and-contrast treatment<strong>: </strong></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><a href="http://www.iwf.net/results/athletes/?athlete=ilyin-ilya-1988-05-24&amp;id=7895" target="_blank">Ilya Alexandrovich Ilyin</a> (Gold, men&rsquo;s 105kg) and <a href="http://www.iwf.net/results/athletes/?athlete=kashirina-tatiana-1991-01-24&amp;id=3465" target="_blank">Tatiana Yuryevna Kashirina</a> (Gold, women&rsquo;s 75+kg</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-future-of-olympic-weightlifting-ilyn-vs-kashirina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle comparison competition competitive sports olympic weightlifting russian soviets weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31216 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Triple Crown: The Ultimate Prize in Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-triple-crown-the-ultimate-prize-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-triple-crown-the-ultimate-prize-in-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/ilyinsqure.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">Do you know how many weightlifters have won championships in three different weight categories? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">In the sport of kings, the ultimate prize for a horse, jockey, trainer, or owner is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Crown_of_Thoroughbred_Racing" target="_blank">Triple Crown</a>, composed of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.<strong> Many horses win the first two, but only a small number of super horses have won all three, due to the grueling nature of the Belmont.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-triple-crown-the-ultimate-prize-in-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Ilya Ilyin Naim Suleymanoglu Stan Stanczyk Tommy Kono triple crown weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 28411 at http://breakingmuscle.com Learning How to Diagnose New Weightlifting Athletes Is Key http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/learning-how-to-diagnose-new-weightlifting-athletes-is-key <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/learning-how-to-diagnose-new-weightlifting-athletes-is-key" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/diagsquare.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">If you are running a club or program, technical and anatomical diagnosis should be your first step. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">It&rsquo;s been nearly six months since the <a href="http://www.takanoathletics.com/" target="_blank">Takano Athletics weightlifting gym</a> opened in Woodland Hills, California. <strong>One of the unique aspects of the gym is the coaching internship program I implemented from the opening.&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/learning-how-to-diagnose-new-weightlifting-athletes-is-key" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching diagnosis exercise selection internships olympic weightlifting technical mastery Olympic Weightlifting Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 28301 at http://breakingmuscle.com 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://img3.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img5.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img9.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><!--paging_filter--><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-real-difference-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-real-difference-between-weightlifting-and-powerlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.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><!--paging_filter--><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-real-difference-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