Posts Tagged 'Weightlifting'

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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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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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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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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Using Compression Straps for Warming Up

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This week we have another short video discussing compression strap use within our goal of increasing range of motion within our movements (I just made mobility sound pretty fancy). Know what you’re about to see will help make the mobility movements I’ve shown before less painful… but don’t wear compression strap while rolling… just prior. Check those out: Calves and Feet, Continue Reading →

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Opening Up The Shoulder

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My commitment to delivering a couple mobility exercises a week continues! If you’ve missed those post you can find them here: Hip, Knee, Calves and Feet

This week we look at the shoulder and I share two exercises.

1. Infraspinatus

2. Pec Tack and Snatch

The infraspinatus is highly involved in weightlifting and I find more weightlifters could see a lot of benefit by looking into it! If you’re ...

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Mobility – Taking My Own Advice

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Last week I challenged you all to step up and implement some of the knowledge from a weightlifting clinic you’ve taken in the past and test it

This week I received an email from THE SMR MAN – Jeff Alexander of Network Fitness reminding me I hold a Level 2 SMR Certification…

mobility

Upon ...

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A Vital Tool for Coaching

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How fast is your eye? Did you see the difference between those last two lifts? Are you seeing the symptoms or the cause? The above questions are a challenge for the new coach. A mix of uncertainty and the demanding eyes of an athlete after a lift are enough to turn some coach’s away. However, available now more than ever are tools to help this specific issue, and to allow a new coach the opportunity to answer the above questions ...

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts for the Weightlifter

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We are days away from Santa shoving all those presents under the tree. Here are the top 5 gifts that Santa was asked for from those of you who love weightlifting.

A Weightlifting Belt – There are belt haters and belt lovers… As Mark Cannella would say… “A lot of world champions wear belts… do you think any of them care of the arguments?” Olympian Holley Mangold put on a belt and immediately saw a jump in her numbers… ...

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