Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1165/all en An 8-Week Mobility Program for Masters Olympic Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/an-8-week-mobility-program-for-masters-olympic-weightlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/an-8-week-mobility-program-for-masters-olympic-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shannontraining.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Many masters athletes come into the game already somewhat beat up and immobile from life. This program is designed to mobilize and improve performance. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/an-8-week-longevity-based-program-for-masters-weightlifters" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Click Here to Start the 8-Week Masters Weightlifting Program</span></strong></span></a></h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/an-8-week-mobility-program-for-masters-olympic-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle masters mobility older athletes olympic weightlifting shoulder mobility weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000 152951 at http://breakingmuscle.com WiFi Weightlifting and the Problem With Online Coaching http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/wifi-weightlifting-and-the-problem-with-online-coaching <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/wifi-weightlifting-and-the-problem-with-online-coaching" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/tjg0042.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You can learn anything in the world at the click of a mouse, but weightlifting should not be one of those things. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As a weightlifting coach, I&rsquo;m frequently asked about online coaching. </strong>But I don&rsquo;t know of any well-established coaches who are interested in coaching this way, and in fact, I&rsquo;m not sure what the term means.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>My guess is that some coaches have introduced the concept into the market without really considering all the factors involved. </strong>And some trainees have bought into the concept without realizing the difficulties it presents.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/wifi-weightlifting-and-the-problem-with-online-coaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching distance coaching olympic weightlifting technique Training weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000 152991 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 1st Pull In Weightlifting: Go Fast Or Slow? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-1st-pull-in-weightlifting-go-fast-or-slow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/the-1st-pull-in-weightlifting-go-fast-or-slow" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock264171476.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The first pull in the snatch or clean tends to either be slow or fast, so it is all about the transition when it comes to lifting heavy weight. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As I write this, I have just returned from another<a href="http://www.floelite.com/coverage/252306" target="_blank"> Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championship</a>.</strong> While I was there, I spoke with a former training partner who is now perhaps the world&rsquo;s foremost photographer, <a href="http://www.robmacklem.com/" target="_blank">Rob Macklem</a> of Victoria, British Columbia. He was there with his trusty camera and we were soon engaged in a discussion about the subtleties of our sport.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-1st-pull-in-weightlifting-go-fast-or-slow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Clean jerk olympic weightlifting snatch weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000 152556 at http://breakingmuscle.com Weightlifting Setups: Don't Lose a Big Clean With a Sloppy Jerk http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-setups-dont-lose-a-big-clean-with-a-sloppy-jerk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-setups-dont-lose-a-big-clean-with-a-sloppy-jerk" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/shutterstock264171494.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">There are a few key positions to consider when moving the bar from the clean to a powerful jerk. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As everyone familiar with the Olympic lifts knows, the clean and jerk is a two-part lift. </strong>Once the clean is finished, you then have the second lift to deal with - the jerk. Since you have only a short amount of time after the clean to get ready for the jerk, what happens during this brief time is of utmost importance.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-setups-dont-lose-a-big-clean-with-a-sloppy-jerk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Clean grip hook grip jerk olympic weightlifting weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Wed, 20 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 152106 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why Red Should Be Your Favorite Color on the Barbell http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-red-should-be-your-favorite-color-on-the-barbell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/why-red-should-be-your-favorite-color-on-the-barbell" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/saraheadera.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't let the red plates freak you out and instead use them to your advantage. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Think back to when you last attempted a personal record.</strong> How many plates did you have on the bar? What color were they?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="Olympic weightlifting, competitive weightlifting, weightlifting" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201505/sarahphotoa.png" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-red-should-be-your-favorite-color-on-the-barbell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> barbell breakingmuscle lifting equipment strength training weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 15 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 151936 at http://breakingmuscle.com Pound for Pound Lifting: Who Is Stronger? (Wilks vs. Sinclair) http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/pound-for-pound-lifting-who-is-stronger-wilks-vs-sinclair <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/pound-for-pound-lifting-who-is-stronger-wilks-vs-sinclair" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/dresdinheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Bodyweight numbers and strength - what does the math say? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Whenever weightlifters gather, they always compare performances, as you might expect.</strong> Everyone wants to know where he or she falls in the sport hierarchy. Since weightlifting is a sport of numbers, it is easy to see where we stand in our various bodyweight categories. But the discussion gets more heated when we start talking about who is the best &ldquo;pound for pound&rdquo; (P4P).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/pound-for-pound-lifting-who-is-stronger-wilks-vs-sinclair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> basic strength body composition breakingmuscle olympic weightlifitng weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Sun, 03 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 151591 at http://breakingmuscle.com Women and Weightlifting (And How I Fell In Love) http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/women-and-weightlifting-and-how-i-fell-in-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/women-and-weightlifting-and-how-i-fell-in-love" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/thumbnail.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Put aside gender stereotypes and pick up a barbell, because weightlifting can be a woman's best friend. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I am a weightlifting coach and competitive athlete, but my introduction to weightlifting was by chance. </strong>I experimented with the sport out of a desire to try something new.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/women-and-weightlifting-and-how-i-fell-in-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body image breakingmuscle gender olympic weightlifting stereotypes weightlifting women Olympic Weightlifting Sat, 02 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 151601 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Much Can You Press? A Brief History of a Big Lift http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-much-can-you-press-a-brief-history-of-a-big-lift <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/how-much-can-you-press-a-brief-history-of-a-big-lift" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/109817428926548674637974643071366423901295n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The overhead press is starting to regain popularity for a good reason - it is the perfect way to build upper body stability and strength. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>For Christmas 1961, I talked my parents into buying me a 110-pound barbell and dumbbell set from Sears Roebuck. </strong>After having been the smallest kid in school for several years, I could hardly wait to get my hands on those weights and start getting strong.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201504/109874348926583107967865929316659302729334n.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/how-much-can-you-press-a-brief-history-of-a-big-lift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting overhead press pressing strength weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 151301 at http://breakingmuscle.com Weightlifting for Athletes: Should You Be Power Jerking? http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/weightlifting-for-athletes-should-you-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-should-you-be-power-jerking" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-should-you-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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/img6680.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/bobheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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/olympic-weightlifting/more-isnt-always-better-proper-training-intensity-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/more-isnt-always-better-proper-training-intensity-in-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/takanoheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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/olympic-weightlifting/more-isnt-always-better-proper-training-intensity-in-weightlifting" 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/cleaning-up-your-dirty-clean-its-all-about-technique <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/cleaning-up-your-dirty-clean-its-all-about-technique" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/109473818712450096012854136798178469346189o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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/cleaning-up-your-dirty-clean-its-all-about-technique" 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-being-fatter-help-you-to-lift-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/olympic-weightlifting/does-being-fatter-help-you-to-lift-more" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201502/fatsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-being-fatter-help-you-to-lift-more" 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/would-you-be-better-off-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/would-you-be-better-off-power-jerking" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201502/square.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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/would-you-be-better-off-power-jerking" 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