Olympic Weightlifting

Rethinking “Speed” in the Olympic Lifts

By madwire / October 29, 2018

It is a well known fact the the Olympic lifts, when executed correctly, are some of the quickest movements in all of sports. Speed in the extension and transition under the bar are very necessary attributes for a successful lift. While we can all agree that speed is an essential element of the snatch and…

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Olympic Lifts from the High Hang/Power Position

By madwire / August 23, 2018

One of my all time favorite variations of the Olympic lifts is to perform the lift by starting from the high hang or power position (Figure 1). The power position is your “launch point” during your pull. This is where the transition from first pull to the explosive second pull ends. When an athlete is…

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Back to Basics: Foundational Strength & Training Specificity

By madwire / July 10, 2018

Back to Basics:  Foundational Strength & Training Specificity When I use the term, foundational strength, I’m referring to what many call general physical preparedness (GPP). I don’t call it this to be different, it just makes more sense in my head. In my own words, foundational strength can be defined as this: the prerequisite physical…

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