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Using Bodybuilding for Olympic Weightlifting…Seriously

Let me describe a standard path-towards-Olympic-weightlifting that happened frequently during the era I started in the sport. Back in the 1980s and 90s (before the internet), it was extremely common for people who were interested in lifting weights t... Continue reading
How to Destroy Your Gym on Social Media

It's no secret that social media presence can help make a newly opened gym successful. Marketing with Facebook and Instagram is free, so there's no reason gym owners shouldn't be utilizing it. There's an old adage that says, "all... Continue reading
True or False: Foam Rolling Doesn’t Work and is a Waste of Time

Foam rollers first appeared in the 1980s. They started out life as tools used by practitioners of the Feldenkrais method to support the body in certain positions and for balance work until PT and Feldenkrais student Sean Gallagher began using them fo... Continue reading
Counteracting Imbalance: How Your Split Jerk is Affecting Your Stability

I'm probably the first to admit that there are lots of weightlifting coaches out there with more knowledge about the bar than me. That being said, what I am proficient at is noticing patterns and dysfunctions in athletes from all sports.   ... Continue reading
Interview: Phil Andrews

Administrators come and go in Olympic weightlifting. I’ve been in the sport since the late 1980s, and it would take some effort to remember all the people who have been involved in running USA Weightlifting since then. I was on the USAW Board o... Continue reading
Weightlifting News: Issue 152

Upcoming National Meets September 8-10 AO Series 3 (Grand Rapids, MI) December 7-10 AO Championships (Anaheim, CA)   Upcoming International Meets October 21-28 Youth Pan Ams (Cali, Colombia) November 28-December 6 IWF World Championships (... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Issue 151

Christopher Asks: What to do if my butt/hip shoots back in back squat, front squat and clean?   There are a couple possibilities here: your hips are really shooting up, i.e. rising faster than your shoulders momentarily, and because of the fac... Continue reading
Dealing With Gym Situations That Make You Want To Quit

I know a lot of weightlifters. I’ve been in this sport forever, so I have a lot of conversations with lifters and coaches about how their training is going, how life is treating them, gossip from the weightlifting scene, etc. I suspect many of ... Continue reading
12 Steps to A Successful Event

Hosting an event can be energizing and fulfilling. It can build community, keep your regular clients happy, and even bring in new business. But events can also be draining and disappointing, especially when you spend a lot of money on supplies and pr... Continue reading
True or false: Poor Posture Causes Back and Neck Pain

Many of my clients worry about their bad posture. I know this because they often tell me about it before I even get as far as the physical examination. “I know my posture’s terrible,” they confess, in the same guilty way that someon... Continue reading
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