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    About twelve years ago, a burst of information started popping up with regard to negative affects of static stretching on performance of explosive athletic movement and proprioception. In short, research was showing that explosiveness and proprioception were reduced immediately following a bout of static stretching. The reaction by most of us, of course, was to avoid static stretching as part of a warm-up. Honestly this wasn’t a big change for a lot of athletes and coaches I knew of. It wa

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    Just look at the title of this article. Man… this kind of stuff is major sign-of-the-times territory.   We all know we live in an age where everybody thinks they’re an expert because of the availability of online resources that make them think they’re highly knowledgeable about something because they’ve read a lot.   Sure, understood. This plays out differently depending on the specific field or sport in question. In Olympic weightlifting, it’s a lift

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    Like any athletic action, the snatch should be executed as a single, fluid motion. But like most complex tasks, it helps to break it into more digestible segments both conceptually and for the purposes of motor learning. The following gives you the most important points to understand and master in each phase of the snatch, along with some links to more in-depth looks at the details if you’re so inclined. Note that each linked article has a number of other related articles linked to it, so

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    The hook grip is a pronated grip in which the thumb is trapped between the bar and the first and second fingers, depending on hand size. This is an eventual necessity to maintain control of the bar during the violent explosion of the second pull.   It’s important to understand that the thumb is itself wrapped around the bar inside the fingers and not simply pinned parallel against the bar. The fingers then grab onto the thumb to pull it farther around the bar. This is very imp

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    In the split jerk, the rear foot should connect with the platform a split second before the front foot. This allows you to push off the back leg slightly to keep your hips under the bar as you finish moving into the split. This staggered connection generally won’t be significant enough to see in real time. In real time, it will typically look and sound like the feet hit together. Without the back foot connecting first, it’s more likely that your hips will move behind the bar

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    OK, I’m going to wade all the way into this filthy mess. I’ve written about the overhead position, including the proper orientation of the arms, many times for many years, but it seems that because these things were not entirely dedicated to this specific topic, people still don’t know where I stand on the topic, and because I’m not Chinese or Eastern European, I’m often considered an idiot if I don’t completely agree with what they say.   First of all,

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    When back or front squatting for weightlifting, the primary goal is maintaining an upright posture all the way through the motion. In other words, we’re trying to avoid any more forward leaning of the trunk than is necessary. In order to do this, the hips need to move as directly downward as balance and proportions allow, rather than being pushed backward as is typical of squats outside the sport of weightlifting. This requires bending the hips and knees together rather than leading

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    Most of you are probably too young to remember George Carlin. He was an old-school comedian who did a monologue called “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” It was basically centered on the seven dirtiest words in the English language, which I won’t list here because I don’t want to blemish the Catalyst Athletics lifetime commitment to wholesome family values.   I was thinking about it the other day when I heard somebody use a dirty word I hate hearing in

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