Columbus Weightlifting News

The Wrist Injury – When Your Elbows Don’t Get Through On A Clean

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PAIN… Stabbing, breath taking pain…

Weightlifting Wrist Injuries

You might not realize how important your wrist is during the Olympic lifts until there is a sharp, hot, pain, stabbing into it as you try to receive a weight. The injury this article is focusing on happens when an athlete is receiving a clean but their elbow doesn’t clear their thigh. When the elbow catches the thigh, the weight that is in the athletes ...

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Did that lift sound good to you? – The Power of Rhythm and Timing

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When rhythm and timing is the difference between a National title

It has all come down to this moment… The third clean and jerk in the National Championship for the title of National Champion. However, before we get to the ending lets look at the last half a year…

Training has been good. Coming off the normal tweaks and pains of training weightlifting our athlete is getting into quite the routine. She has her eyes set on performing well on the National stage, ...

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Confidence – A Cue to the Coach

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Coaches -

Have you ever had an athlete who was working on an issue get frustrated? Lets look at an example -

Our athlete keeps shooting their butt up at the start. As a coach you know that they must rise with their hip and shoulder together off the floor because it sets up everything for the rest of the lift. You repeatedly cue the athlete to keep their “butt down” or maybe you talk about focusing on the Continue Reading →

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Want Speed in the Lifts? – Don’t Anticipate

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In 2009, I was just getting into the sport of weightlifting. Now over 5 years into the sport it is hard to think back to the struggles at the beginning. However, one struggle is unforgettable.

That was the struggle of understanding how to be fast.

At the time I really used exercise and physical exertion as a stress reliever. I would go into a Globo Gym and hit it hard in a circuit-style, just trying to get a real good burn and ...

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The “One Thing” That Will Truly Make or BREAK a Lift

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It was the 2012 Olympic Trials. Holley Mangold entered the warm up area knowing that months prior she was written off as an athlete who wouldn’t make the Olympic team. The blows to her ego in the last 18 months included not being invited back to the Olympic Training Center, missing the world team by a kilo, sleeping in a laundry room so she could afford to train, and the list goes on…

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Problems Receiving Weight? – Fix Your Feet

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Ever get a bit crunched while receiving a lift?

crushed in the bottom of the hole - clean

So did Aaron Jannetti when we challenged him to commit to 90 days of weightlifting to improve his technique. For more than 3 weeks we made Aaron use mats during different lifts to force him to move his feet correctly! As Aaron describes it, “It took 3 weeks for it NOT to feel like my ...

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A Competition Surprise… The One You DO NOT Want!

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When is 115 kilos not 115 kilos?

I, like many of you never thought twice when I would load up 115kilos during a training cycle to snatch or clean & jerk this weight, yet for many, this is completely incorrect.

Let me explain further.

Most of the time I would put on a 20kg, 15kg, 10kg and a 2.5kg combination on one side and do my lift and hopefully make it! The issue with loading it this way or for that matter any ...

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A 43kg/95lbs Increase in Only 60 Days… The Story

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Have you heard of an experienced athlete gaining 23kg/50lbs in 60 days to their total?

What about an athlete who gained 43kg/95lbs in ONLY 60 days?

Well it is true. They did it with the 60 Day Challenge.

Aaron Jannetti of the 60 Day Challenge

Click the above image to see it full size… You NEED to read the caption on it…

What is the 60 Day Challenge?

A weightlifting program that came out of a bet… ...

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Interview – 2014 National Champion Holley Mangold

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There have been a number of request from our fans to learn more about our athletes. We thought it was a tremendous opportunity to start with Holley Mangold right off her National Championship win!

In this video we talk a bit about what has happened after the Olympics and what she is aiming at with her weights, training and competition goals. Also, we ask a couple questions that have never been asked before.

Remember, this is an experiment. We’d love to hear ...

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2014 Nationals Observations – By Olympic Coach Mark Cannella

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First off, a big thanks to the organizing committee in Salt Lake City and USAW for pulling off a great feat with the presentation and operation of the 2014 US Nationals. Kudos to all that made this all work and with 400+ lifters, that is no small feat in three days!

The layout and set-up was nothing but first class at the competition and while there were some issues with the two ...

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