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When to Fire an Athlete

Coaching manuals tell you what to look for when conducting athlete movement assessments, what cues are beneficial, and how to train special populations or youth. How often do you see a manual or article telling coaches how to fire an athlete? It&#... Continue reading
Stop Letting Loyalty Kill Your Weightlifting Performance

Recently I’ve become concerned by the number of people who seem to have forgotten that Weightlifting is a sport. A real world-wide sport forming part of the Olympic Games. A competitive activity in which, with the right talent and commitment, y... Continue reading
True or False: Clicking or Cracking of Joints Is A Sign Of Damage

Working as an osteopath, I’ve found that one of the most common issues my patients ask about is clicking joints. Many people worry that the noise might be a sign of damage, or that it means they’re getting arthritis. Let’s have a lo... Continue reading
Unpopular Opinion: Yes, You Sometimes Should Get in Shape Before You Start Training in A Sport

There’s an oft-repeated adage that the best way to get in shape for a sport is to participate in the sport, especially if it’s a year-round activity. If you ask questions on online forums for fitness advice, or casually lurk like me, you&... Continue reading
Interview: Phil Sabatini

One of the things I learned very early in my weightlifting career is that you have to be extremely selfish if you want to be a successful athlete. You have to see your training as the most important thing in the world, above anything else. This isn&r... Continue reading
Weightlifting News: Issue 148

Upcoming National Meets May 11-14 USAW Nationals (Chicago, Illinois) June 22-25 USAW Youth Nationals (Atlanta, GA ) July 28-31 AO Series 2 (Miami, FL) September 8-10 AO Series 3 (Grand Rapids, MI) December 7-10 AO Championships (Anaheim, CA) ... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Issue 147

DA Asks: My question concerns proper form when performing snatch or clean deadlifts. I've seen two ways of doing them: one finishes with straight legs and emphasizes being over the bar; the other finishes with a double knee bend/scoop under. If t... Continue reading
Trying to Train Clean on a Program Designed for Drug Users

I need to start this article with a massive news flash that you might not be ready for. It’s a piece of information that could take you totally by surprise and blow your doors off. Are you ready? Okay, here it is. Steroids and other performa... Continue reading
Over-coaching Ruins Your Athletes and Your Reputation

On the surface, coaching seems easy. You yell a cue. You make a grandiose speech before the big competition. You somehow turn a rag-tag team of misfits into Junior Olympic champions. (The last one may have been the plot for "D2: The Mighty Ducks... Continue reading
4 Powerful Ways to Train Off the Platform

Recently, I had a conversation with a climber who, like me, has a very limited amount of time available for her sport. Because of her work and family commitments, she is only able to climb once or twice a week. What fascinated me was that she doesn&r... Continue reading
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