Olympic weightlifting is an increasingly popular sport. Year upon year, it seems that more people step into the world of weightlifting, while others take the next few steps in their weightlifting journey. Often, as we walk weightlifting’s winding path, we are presented with more questions than answers. Luckily, we have a selection of weightlifting experts on hand to keep you stepping in the right direction, and provide answers to those questions.
So here they are, counting down from number ten to the most popular one of the year. Which one will it be? And have you read them all?
Top 10 Olympic Weightlifting Articles of 2013
10. How to Properly Order Exercises in Your Weightlifting Session (Bob Takano)
I often run across coaches who slap together training programs with no thought to the issue of exercise sequence and the results can be damaging, especially with new lifters.
9. Squatting and Deadlifting: Their Correlation With the Olympic Lifts (Dresdin Archibald)
Does a bigger squat or deadlift always mean a bigger quick lift? Is there an ideal ratio between these lifts and your Olympic lifts? Yes, there is, and here’s what a bad ratio means you need to do.
8. 10 Rules of the Lifting Platform That Apply to Everyone (Katie Chasey)
Whether you’re an Olympic lifter, a CrossFitter, or any other type of athlete training the Olympic lifts, there are some important rules you need to obey when stepping on the platform.
7. The Pause Method for Teaching Olympic Weightlifting to the Beginner (Ursula Garza Papandrea)
The Pause Method allows the coach to segment the lift so the athlete can develop spatial orientation and find these same positions on his own quickly, as is required for lifting heavy weights.
6. Weightlifting Shoes: Why You Need a Pair, What to Look For, and When to Wear Them (Chet Morjaria)
If I had a pound for every time I’m asked about Olympic weightlifting shoes, well, I’d be able to afford plenty more pairs of shoes. Here’s everything you need to know about weightlifting shoes
5. 20 More Tips That Will Make You Better at Olympic Weightlifting (Chet Morjaria)
Part of my job as a weightlifting coach is to simplify the complexities of the sport, and provide you with a framework of concepts from which you can hang your lifts and experiences.
4. 10 Myths About Olympic Weightlifting That Need to Stop (Dresdin Archibald)
Weightlifting is often misunderstood by the general public and, sadly, by people in other sports as well. Here are the top ten biggest myths about weightlifting, and why they’re totally untrue.
3. What Your Deadlift to Squat Ratio Can Tell You About Your Olympic Lifts (Dresdin Archibald)
We’ve talked about the ratios of the deadlift and squat in relationship to your Olympic lifts, but what about in relation to each other? If you can squat X, how much should you be able to deadlift?
2. An Analysis of Body Types in Weightlifting (Dresdin Archibald)
What does being an endo-, ecto-, or mesomorph have to do with your weightlifting? Quite possibly a lot. Learn about the body types and the impact each has on weightlifting performance.
1. 20 Tips That Will Make You Better at Olympic Weightlifting (Chet Morjaria)
Here are twenty things for you to think about and implement next time you’re practicing your clean and jerk. Twenty little things can make a huge difference in your performance.
Photos courtesy of Katie Chasey.