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68 Assistance Exercises for Olympic Weightlifting

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Mar 5

In this article I want to offer coaches and athletes a comprehensive approach to addressing some of the most common issues seen with developing weightlifters, CrossFit members/athletes, and general fitness and sports enthusiasts.

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Olympic Weightlifting Wisdom: Two Veteran Coaches Share Their Best Advice

By Phil White | Mon, Jan 22

As we're rolling into a new year, it can be tempting to jump on the latest training bandwagon and buy into the narrative that coaches need to keep their athletes engaged by constantly changing things up.

While there’s nothing wrong with some variety to keep things interesting and overcome plateaus, change for its own sake is directionless and most of the latest gimmicks are nothing more than flashes in the pan that will be out of fashion by this time in 2019, if not before.

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6 Snatch Variations to Improve Technique, Strength, and Stability

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Oct 16

When looking at faulty overhead stability and strength in the snatch and/or overhead squat, we typically see a wide array of issues. Sometimes it may be due to mobility (the immediate reference of everyone). But it can often be from lack of barbell awareness and placement, overhead strength, timing, and/or lack of general preparation and experience.

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Should Performance Testing Differ Between Age Groups?

By Dave Reynolds | Fri, Jul 28

As strength coaches, we are all number chasers to a point.

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Weightlifting Program Design: How To Write Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Programs

By Michael Barnes | Fri, Jul 21

In my last article I described how to program Olympic lifts for field athletes. I want to expand on this topic and give examples of training programs that address beginner, intermediate, and advanced level athletes incorporating the Olympics lifts.   

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How To Program Olympic Lifts For Field Athletes

By Michael Barnes | Wed, Jun 7

The snatch and the clean and jerk are the two lifts used in Olympic lifting competition. They are a test of skill, power, strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

These movements, when incorporated appropriately, can have a high degree of impact on an athlete’s strength and power capabilities. They are preferred exercises to include in many programs for the field athlete.  

In this article, I want to review the fundamental variables and related issues when it comes to programming the Olympic lifts for the field athlete.  

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Should I Use The Olympic Lifts With My Athletes?

By John Welbourn | Tue, Sep 6

The benefits of Olympic weighting and its transfer to sport are well documented. Any time an athlete can perform a movement that allows them to move dynamically it is a huge plus. If you can add weight to that movement, things can get exciting very quickly.

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5 Movements to Build Powerful Glutes and Hamstrings for Athletic Performance

By Joel Smith | Mon, Sep 5

We all know things like deadlifts and Olympic lifts are great general posterior chain builders, so I’m going to leave those movements for now in favor of some more over-arching philosophy. 

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The Downfall of Gumby: What Is Hypermobility And How Do I Fix It?

By Robert Wilson | Thu, Aug 25

Everyone these days is on and on about mobility.  As they should be: having full range of motion and healthy soft tissues is an important component of performance and most people are missing critical ranges of motion that contribute to loss of performance and long term dysfunction.

But increasing range of motion is only part of the picture.  

On the other end of the spectrum we have hypermobility.  Literally, too much range of motion.

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