Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/%2A en 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Becca Borawski 20216 at http://breakingmuscle.com 2 Effective Methods of Getting Your Lifts Off the Ground http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-initial-lift-off <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-initial-lift-off" 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/the-initial-lift-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Clean get set position snatch weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 19741 at http://breakingmuscle.com Weightlifting for Kids: How to Attain Crucial Parental Buy-In http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/attaining-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/attaining-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/attaining-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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Becca Borawski 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Becca Borawski 15881 at http://breakingmuscle.com What Does "Certification" Mean? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-does-certification-mean <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/what-does-certification-mean" 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/20140416/shutterstock130649819.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 public seems to demand that all instructors are certified. This seems to provide comfort, but how useful is it? </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of the most talked about areas in the fitness world today is the certification of trainers. </strong>We live in a credentialized world where the public seems to demand that all instructors, regardless of the discipline, are registered somewhere as being certified to instruct said activity. This seems to provide some sort of comfort to the consumer, but <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/the-crossfit-l1-cert-doesnt-make-you-a-coach" target="_blank">how useful is it</a>?&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/what-does-certification-mean" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle certifications learning olympic weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 16131 at http://breakingmuscle.com