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Want to Be Good at Oly?

By Chad Vaughn

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

May 19, 2013

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Two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn details four areas of focus if you really want to add weight to your snatch and clean and jerk.

Most athletes dive into the Olympic lifts without considering what really allows someone to lift the heaviest loads and move efficiently through high-rep workouts.

I have four keys to lifting the heaviest weights and moving well in the snatch and clean and jerk. They… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

May 05, 2013

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Alongside CrossFit Media’s Carey Peterson, two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn dissects his 315-lb. clean and jerk via slow-motion footage.

“Really the same for the snatch,” he says of his set-up. “I’ve just locked myself in here. I’m looking at the tension in the back, the back-angle maintenance, the shins coming back out of the way.”

With the shins vertical as the bar passes the knees, the clean becomes easier, says… Continue Reading

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Coaching the Low Catch

By Bob Takano

In Olympic Lifts

May 01, 2013

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Pull it higher or pull yourself under? Bob Takano explains how to get under heavy bars fast.

There are two components involved in getting a bar overhead or up to the shoulders from the ground.

The most commonly conceptualized component is to lift the weight up to the required height. The second component is to lower the body under the bar. In the sport of weightlifting, both components are combined simultaneously by… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

April 17, 2013

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Chad Vaughn repeatedly tells Kayla Baumgardner to get comfortable in the bottom of her overhead squat.

Vaughn, a two-time Olympian, can tell being so low is an unfamiliar position for the 22-year-old, who is scheduled to compete at the Northern California Regional this year.

“You’re gonna have to get where you can hold tight in that bottomed-out position,” advises Vaughn, part owner of CrossFit CenTex in Belton… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

April 14, 2013

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Bob Takano recommends five drills perfect for anyone learning the snatch and the clean and jerk.

If we think of drills as exercises or activities performed to learn and refine technique, then it is appropriate to discuss those exercises, but it’s more important to know how and when to implement them into the technique training of a weightlifter.

It is perfectly natural and normal for many coaches to address their own… Continue Reading

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Dieter’s Room

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

April 10, 2013

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In B.C., Canada, 71-year-old Dieter Stamm invests in the sport of weightlifting and the young athletes he coaches.

It’s a Saturday morning at Semiahmoo High School in White Rock, B.C.

It looks like an ordinary day at a weightlifting club. A dozen or so athletes, aged 9 to 25, are cleaning and snatching in a very unspectacular, almost beat-up weight room. The white walls are nearly barren, the weights… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

April 07, 2013

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Alongside CrossFit Media’s Carey Peterson, two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn dissects his 285-lb. snatch via slow-motion footage.

As he settles into his start position for his heaviest snatch of the day, he’s thinking three things: build tension in the back, feel the shoulders in front of the bar, and be aggressive on the extension. As he takes a deep breath and locks in his back, he feels the tension he’s created, he says.

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The Forgotten Lift

By Bill Starr

In Olympic Lifts

March 24, 2013

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Bill Starr explains the technique for the Olympic-style press, which helped set records but ultimately ushered the lift out of competition.

In the ’60s, Tony Garcy of the York Barbell Club invented a technical style of pressing that required a high degree of timing, quickness, coordination and—most of all—balance. Previously, Olympic lifters used brute strength to elevate their presses. Tony’s version was a high-skill movement… Continue Reading

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