May 01, 2013
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
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.
April 14, 2013
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
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
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.
“My… Continue Reading
March 24, 2013
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
March 17, 2013
Champion weightlifter Donny Shankle says the competition isn’t over until the last clean and jerk comes down.
Gloria was 6 kilos behind the leader after missing two of her three snatch attempts.
Out of the corner of her eye, she spied her competitor dancing all over the platform like a newborn baby giraffe as she jerked.
“Chicken legs,” Gloria whispered under her breath with a… Continue Reading
Bill Starr explains why the feet are the key to almost any lift.
Oddly enough, few strength athletes think about their feet when performing an exercise—but they should.
Seldom do people even think about their feet unless something goes wrong with them. Stub a toe badly and you will suddenly understand how important that part of your foot is for locomotion and any other athletic movement.
The feet play a critical role… Continue Reading