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True or False: Sprinters are Born, Not Made

This month, we ask why is it that some people seem to be effortlessly fast and explosive, while others struggle to generate the same “pop” in their movements despite their best efforts. Is it the case that some people are naturally faster... Continue reading
Rotational Exercise for Postural Strength

Postural strength is a very important factor in sports performance. Not only does a strong trunk protect our internal organs from injury, but if we are able to maintain a stiff torso while being put under external forces—think of a rugby union ... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Issue 157

Christoffer Asks: Hey, I was wondering how much your body mass matters in weightlifting and how much of an impact a few less or extra pounds can make on your performance. I also wonder if you should have other priorities about your weight if you are ... Continue reading
Reorganizing Your Weightlifting Goals…Because You’re Forced To

People in weightlifting usually have short memories. I’ve always noticed this. Most of the lifters and coaches in the sport have no idea who the top names were 10 years prior to their time on the scene. They might recognize a few old champions ... Continue reading
The Box Squat: Applications to Weightlifting

In the world of Olympic weightlifting, the box squat has been on the receiving end of a great deal of criticism and suspicion. This is potentially due to its popularization by Louis Simmons at Westside barbell, where budding weightlifters were instan... Continue reading
What is this Force-Velocity Curve of Which You Speak?

Before you start to think this has to do with how fast the bar moves in some curved pattern, let’s get down to what the title really means. The Force-Velocity Curve (FVC) is basically the interaction between how much force a weightlifter actual... Continue reading
Interview: Jocelyn Forest Haynes

Jocelyn Forest Haynes is one of the original Catalyst Athletics weightlifters. As you’ll read in this interview, she’s been with Greg and Aimee almost from the very beginning of the company. A former collegiate and professional softball p... Continue reading
Weightlifting News: Issue 157

Upcoming National Meets February 15-18, National Junior Championships in Spokane, WA March 1-4, AO Series 1 at the Arnold in Columbus, OH April 19-22 National University Under 25 Championships in Ogden, UT May 24-27 2018 National Championships ... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Issue 156

Eric Asks: I have the tendency of letting the bar crash on me on the clean. I've been using tall cleans to work on that problem. I feel like at lower percentages (<85%) I do better a job of meeting the bar. But as I go up in weight, I revert b... Continue reading
A Different Thought from the 2017 Worlds

I’m writing this on the balcony patio of my hotel room in the Anaheim Hilton, and the 2017 American Open is in full swing. I’m here to coach for the weekend, as usual. But this hasn’t been a normal American Open weekend because the ... Continue reading
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