The Top 10 Olympic Weightlifting Articles of 2014

As any weightlifter will tell you, Olympic weightlifting is a lifetime skill. Mastery of these lifts involves careful consideration of skill development, willpower, technique, programming, and recovery. Luckily, all of these are covered by our world-class coaches.


Here are the top ten Olympic weightlifting articles from 2014, counting down from number ten to number one:



Fitness, weightlifting, Recovery, coaching, programming, snatch, clean and jerk, athlete journals, mistakes


10. The Concept of Balancing Development: How to Coach a Beginner Weightlifter

By Bob Takano


Bob Takano provides some helpful direction to the novice coach who might be perplexed at how to assess and progress a new athlete.


9. 4 Ways to Develop Willpower for Weightlifting

By Dresdin Archibald


Willpower is the ability to regulate your actions, to direct yourself to achieve goals, and to overcome obstacles. Dresdin Archibald lays out four strategies to develop this trait through training and competition.


8. Learning and Training the Proper Technique for the Barbell Snatch

By Harvey Newton


The snatch is a challenging, yet rewarding, lift to master. But, it does take time to learn the proper technique. Harvey Newton details how to set yourself on the right path.


Fitness, weightlifting, Recovery, coaching, programming, snatch, clean and jerk, athlete journals, mistakes


7. 2 Effective Methods of Getting Your Lifts Off the Ground

By Dresdin Archibald


One aspect of weightlifting technique seldom discussed in any detail is the starting position. Dresdin compares the consistency of the "get set" method to the risk and reward of the "dive" method.


6. The Mistake That's Costing You Pounds in Your Cleans

By Patrick McCarty


There is a phenomenon in CrossFit that is remarkably consistent across all time zones, borders, and accents. It’s the hitch and bounce. Patrick McCarty explains how to fix this universal mistake.


5. Weightlifting Injuries and How to Prevent Them

By Dresdin Archibald


Injury when weightlifting, like all other sports, is to be avoided. The instance of injury will be minimal if you take all the steps that Dresdin suggests, to eliminate the chances for them to occur first place.


4. Why It's Not All About the Weight You Are Lifting

By Bob Takano


Bob does not deny that weight is important. However, he believes that speed of movement is a more informative index to evaluate efficacy of training.


Fitness, weightlifting, Recovery, coaching, programming, snatch, clean and jerk, athlete journals, mistakes


3. The Free 4-Week Stronger-Than-Ever Weightlifting Program

By Wil Fleming


This program by Wil Fleming is for the common lifter, the people who are obsessed with using the iron to get stronger and be more powerful. And it has made Wil stronger than he's ever been before.


2. The Weightlifting Mistake You Didn't Know You Make

By Dresdin Archibald


Many lifters pull the bar upward unevenly. This is not ideal. In weightlifting, symmetry is everything. Dresdin explains how to fix an uneven lift.


1. How Much Recovery Do You Need? 7 Factors to Add Up

By Dresdin Archibald


Remember you don't get strong doing a workout; you only get strong when you recover from a workout. Dresdin outlines seven factors to add up how much recovery you need.


Photo 1 courtesy of Jorge Huerta Photography.

Photo 2 courtesy of David Patterson.

Photo 3 courtesy of Wil Fleming.



Breaking Muscle Newsletter

Get updates and special offers delivered directly to your inbox.