Columbus Weightlifting News

The Weakest Point in the Lift – How Breathing Will Make You Stronger

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204 kilos felt good off the rack.

The weight sitting in the high bar position on my back and was getting close to the my max at the time, but I still had about 10+kg to go until my max so I felt confident in this lift. My feet were set… my chest upright… I descend into the back squat… Drive… Stuck.. MISS…

1 question comes from a coach nearby… “How are you using that belt?”

WHAT DO YOU MEAN HOW AM I ...

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The Hip and Shoulder – Seen on the National Stage

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One of our defining moments in the courses we teach on the sport of Olympic Weightlifting occurs when we discuss hip height at the start of the pull for both snatch and clean.

While we discuss many lifters, both USA and abroad, it is at this point we specifically discuss lifter, Norik Vardanyan, (2012 Olympian), a newly minted USA Record Holder for the snatch at 168kg during USA Nationals this past weekend in the 94kg weight class and what turned out ...

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Coping with Time – Rest and Athletes

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I loathe time off. I’m not good at it. I feel antsy, bored, irritated, and have an uneasy feeling that I’m wasting valuable training time that could be used to improve my technique or strength. Basically, this is how I feel inside when taking time off:

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Even though I’ve battled injury this past year and a half with back, neck, nerve, and hamstring problems, it’s still hard to take time off. What ...

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Breathe Your Way to Better Lifts

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I said it… Breathing can really improve your lifts and keep you safer during the lifts…

HOW!? It helps the body stabilize by activating the correct muscles to support the weight. (A very very simplified explanation… this gets much more technical)

Here is a longer video (10 mins) that shows a great first exercise to not only assess your athlete and yourself. But to also start down the path of breathing better during your lifts.

If you’re unfamiliar with this or have ...

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Start Position Mobility – Good Start Equals a Good Finish

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A good start equals a good finish… End of story.

If one of your lifters is having an issue during the second pull, in the drive, or even in the receiving position without you checking their starting position… you’re making your job much more difficult.

What happens “downstream” often starts “upstream”

This weeks video incorporates more than one exercise to give you all a variety to choose from!

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Lower Leg Pain? – The Spot You’re Probably Missing…

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Do your legs feel like they’re blowing up?

Shin splints?

Really tight calves?

and at times… foot pain?

Unfortunately, weightlifters have to deal with these issues often. Especially when the volume of training begins to increase…

Here is a quick exercise for a spot you’re probably missing…

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The Rack Position and How to Get There

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You should be able to hold onto a barbell in the rack position with your WHOLE hand.

You should be able to hold onto a barbell during a front squat with your WHOLE HAND.

You should be able to hold onto a barbell while receiving the clean with… YOUR WHOLE HAND!!

If you’re not able to do this… don’t worry… you’re not alone. However, you’re also missing out on some potential kilos to your numbers.

Holding onto the barbell while receiving the clean and ...

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Youth Nationals Report by Olympic Coach Mark Cannella

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Daytona Beach and specifically Spruce Creek High School proved to be the perfect locale and setting for USAW’s Youth Nationals.
 

With a record 500 plus lifters, you can already see the influence of Crossfit in the ranks and with Florida leading the way with lifting in their curriculum, it was easy to see how they fared well in their own state.

 

Our own lifters fared well too and with this being our first time at Youth’s, we would say Columbus Weightlifting ...

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Ankles Blowin Up Your Overhead! – Mobility Problems

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I’ve had a few athletes lately with some pretty intense ankle issues. One athlete was affected to an extreme making his shoulder scream as he was descending into the squat on a snatch. (Note: the said shoulder has had two surgeries) He had attacked his shoulder from all angles… his pec and lats too! He owned the book “Supple Leopard”, and honestly, had done his home work when it came to mobility for the shoulder. When I got to work ...

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Pain in the Front Shoulder? – 2 Minute Mobz

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Many people reached out to me last week about the very short mobility video I posted. If you didn’t see it you can find it here: No Excuse Mobility

Since it seems that the quick format of last weeks mobility worked so well I decide to do that again this week. One issue… One solution.

This week the issue I selected was one that a number of athlete have approached ...

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