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Qualifying for the 2015 American Open

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I qualified for the 2015 American Open yesterday! This has been my goal, not just for this year, but since I started competing in weightlifting. I still cannot believe that I did it. I feel like I’m still in shock. Honestly, it could not have went any better. However, I should turn back the clock[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Game Day, Take 1

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I competed at the 2015 Rocky Mountain State Games Weightlifting meet on Saturday in hopes of qualifying for the American Open only to fall a little short. However, I will say that I am not that disappointed because, as I mentioned in my previous post, my last few weeks of training had been riddled with[…]

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Elbows Up! Is this Necessary?

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For many years I’ve seen coaches constantly screaming cues for their athletes to keep their elbows up in lifts like the front squat, press, and jerk. I’m here to tell you to stop it before you make the same mistake. What if that athlete has certain restrictions that don’t allow him/her to get into the[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 3 & 4

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I spoke with my new coach, Paul, on Thursday and he decided to start my program tomorrow, so I went off the cuff for the last two training days of week 4. My BioForce HRV was on the fritz so I missed one of the days. One thing Paul has already noticed is that my[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 2, Day 4

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This road I’m taking to the 2015 American Open is not an easy one, but I think I’m headed in the right direction. Yesterday was a great day of training. Things seem to be coming together! I clean and jerked 110kg for two singles, which is the most I’ve successfully lifted in over a year.[…]

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Road to the American Open: Take 4 & 5

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I’ve had to work a clinic the last couple days, so that is why I’m posting the last two training days of the week. Unfortunately, my phone got screwed and I’m waiting for a replacement, so I wasn’t able to get the HRV recordings for the last few days. Felt fairly good overall for the[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Take 1

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I’m currently training to qualify for the American Open, which is something I’ve always wanted to do; qualify, that is. I’ve come close in the past, but never quite made it. I think my current numbers stack up around the following; although, I have not tested my lifts for some time now. Current Bodyweight: 78.6kg[…]

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Visualization of a Weightlifter

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I’ve been here before. This place, this sanctuary of mine; not your typical sanctuary, though, I’m not your typical person to feel such a way about such a place. As you enter, you get a feeling and understanding of calm aggression. Opposing as these two emotions may be, one must recognize and admire both qualities[…]

The Olympic Lifts: Whole or Part?

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When trying to learn the full movements, is is better to go right to doing the full lifts, or use progressions to get there? This question is often debated in strength circles. I believe there are a few arguments to be stated on either side. Using Full Lifts (Whole Method) I believe this argument has[…]

Creating Athletic Power without using Olympic Lifts

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This installment is brought to you courtesy of Daniel Meinz, one of our interns at the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Power Quest In the quest to optimize power production in athletes and clients, it is common for strength and conditioning coaches to utilize variations of the two Olympic weightlifting exercises: the Snatch and Clean[…]