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Are Your Elbows Actually the Problem in Your Overhead Position?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

In the way that overhead squat immobility often gets blamed on the shoulders when the problem is actually the lower body, often an athlete's inability to lock the elbows securely in the jerk is blamed directly on the elbows when in fact the elbows can extend perfectly well. As the grip narrows in the overhead position (i.e. a jerk grip compared to a snatch grip), the mobility limitations of the shoulders become more influential on elbow extension. In other words, a lifter may be able to a



Failing Drug Tests Because of Tainted Supplements and Pre-Workout Drinks

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

Most of you probably know about this topic just from the title. It’s nothing new, by the way. People have been getting popped on drug tests for supplements and drinks for a long time. But it’s getting worse.   Let me give you some quick background, just in case you’re unfamiliar with what we’re talking about. Olympic weightlifting is a drug tested sport. The global organization that controls the drug testing for all Olympic sports is the World Anti-Doping Agency (W



Getting the Bar Past the Knees in the Snatch and Clean

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

I’ve said before that the complexity of the first pull is commonly underestimated by new lifters because of its apparent simplicity, especially in comparison to the rest of the lift. However, it simultaneously seems to be made more complicated than it needs to be by more advanced lifters and coaches. How the bar and knees interact with each other in this phase of the lift is critical, but I think we can simplify the process here and free up some brain space to worry about more important th



A Potential Problem With Pulling Blocks

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

Training from the blocks in Olympic weightlifting is always an interesting subject. I’ve seen lots of different philosophies on them. Some lifters never use blocks and don’t even have a set in their gym. Others use them all the time and love them.   Personally, I’ve never been a big believer in them, but I acknowledge their usefulness in certain situations and I understand many high-level programs incorporate them in their training. It’s one of those, “I don and



Hold Your Grip Longer for Better Clean Turnovers

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

If your cleans tend to crash onto your shoulders, even with lighter weights, you can smooth out the turnover and stay better connected to the bar by holding a full grip longer (If you keep a full grip in the clean already, you have other problems to work on if the bar is crashing on you). If you release your grip in order to rack the bar with only the fingers under it, releasing too soon creates disconnection and makes it easier for your shoulders and the bar to become separated more than nec



Investing Time for Progress: Routine, Detail and Patience in the Olympic Lifts

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

I'm pretty frequently surprised by how impatient new and intermediate weightlifters are in a number of ways, from their expectations of progress to their rush to get through a lift as quickly as possible. I’ve bemoaned the lack of attention to detail in a million other articles, but I’m going to do it again because it strikes me as genuinely insane to not be willing to invest a couple additional seconds into each of your lifts for the sake of significantly improved performance an



Why Shrug in Snatch and Clean Pulls?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700

For years I've been teaching that the shrug up of the shoulders isn't part of the effort to accelerate and elevate the barbell in the pull of the snatch and clean; instead, it's more a part of the third pull, as it's naturally associated with the effort to pull under the bar with the arms. In reality, it bridges the second and third pulls—it begins in the end of the second pull and ends in the third pull. So when we perform snatch or clean pulls in training, why do we sh



Ask Greg: Cleans Crashing at Heavier Weights
Eric Asks: I have the tendency of letting the bar crash on me on the clean. I've been using tall cleans to work on that problem. I feel like at lower percentages (