Trainers & Coaches
Lower Body Power: VRT vs Plyometrics vs Olympic Lifts
All strategies are proven to be effective, but when is one more appropriate than the others?
How to Train Power Without Olympic Lifts
it’s time to challenge the dogma that power cleans must be the backbone of your off-season program. Let's look at alternatives.
More Isn't Always Better: Proper Training Intensity in Weightlifting
Find out what percentage of zone lifts provide the best conditioning for your goals.
12 Reps - The Breaking Muscle Digest - Vol. 1, Issue 3
Twelve reader favorites from the past week and from the archives, curated to save you time and bring you happiness.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Strength and Conditioning: The Way Arnold Would Do It
Return to the golden era of bodybuilding with a full month's worth of old-school, hardcore workouts, chock full of exercises that have withstood the test of time.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Athlete Journal: Terry Hadlow, Entry 16 - 2/10/2014
The heavy snow has made it harder to maintain my momentum during the current phase, but I finished out the final two weeks in spite of all the snow shoveling.
The 10 Most Important Lessons From the Weight Room
The weight room is my laboratory. I am always experimenting, mostly on myself, but sometimes on my clients. And the weight room is my classroom. It is a place where I never stop learning.
The Fundamental Aspects of the Dip: Perfecting Your Jerk
The dip in the jerk seems straightforward enough (straight down, actually). Bend your knees, and straighten them vigorously. But like many simple things there's more than meets the eye.
How to Determine Your Jerk Grip Width
Last week we talked about the snatch grip width, so naturally this week we are going to move on to the clean and jerk.
Why CrossFit Coaches Need Anatomy: Bones, Muscles, and Lifting
It's important that you understand your clients' bodies so you can coach them properly. Here's a quick primer on some basics and how they are relevant to movements.
Catching the Bounce, Part 2: The Jerk
Just as in the clean, we now have another opportunity to take advantage of the springiness of the bar in order to complete the lift. Here's how you do it.
Catching the Bounce, Part 1: The Clean
This is about one of the tricks of the trade used by elite lifters that might be of use to those of you cleaning substantial weight in the squat style. This technique is called "catching the bounce."
3 Unusual Accessory Exercise to Bust Through Your Deadlift Plateau
Powerlifters and Olympic lifters have used variations of their lifts to improve their specific weaknesses for decades. We can use the same strategy with the deadlift with these variations.
Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: The Canella Cross
The Cannella Cross reinforces proper foot placement during the jerk. For this exercise you will need a piece of chalk and a training partner to give you some feedback.
Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Exercises: Clean Grip Overhead Squat
The clean grip overhead squat improves mobility in the shoulder girdle as well as torso strength. Combine this drill with the clean grip snatch exercise from last week.
Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: Clean Grip Snatch
The clean grip snatch improves extension mechanics, reinforces arm action when under the bar, and builds speed.
Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: Jerk From Behind Neck
Today's drill, the jerk from behind the neck, minimizes stress on the torso muscles while also reinforcing jerk mechanics.
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