Category Archives for Olympic Lifting Accessory Work

How Often Should We Snatch and Clean and Jerk?

Frequency of lifting is obviously a very important variable in your programming.  The research in improving strength shows us that having higher volumes and frequencies of lifting is more beneficial

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One of My Favorite Drills for the Clean and Jerk and Thruster

Crossfit throws a lot of strange olympic lifting variations together that you wouldn’t normally find in an olympic lifting meet.  This complex puts together several exercises to help build proficiency

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How to Assess and Correct the Front Rack to Improve Front Squats, Jerks, Thrusters and Cleans

Have trouble in the front rack?  Difficulty keeping your elbows up during a front squat?  Can’t grip the bar during a thruster without wrecking your wrists?  Can’t get the bar in the right

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One of My Favorite Drills to Improve the Snatch

The accessory work you choose to improve your snatch should depend on where your limitations are for the lift.  Here’s a drill I use as a warm-up frequently to help improve position in the snatch. Try

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9 Reasons Why I Like Tempo Lifts

Tempo lifts require a certain speed during your lifts.  Let’s use squats as a example.  A prescription of 31X0 for a back squat means: 3 seconds to lower into the bottom of the squat 1 second

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Why Does My Snatch Suck? Fixing the Set-Up and First Pull: Part 4

I’m a big believer in the concept of troubleshooting mobility and flexibility issues before tackling stability and technique issues.  The last three articles specifically addressed mobility.  You’re

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Why Does My Snatch Suck? Fixing the Set-Up and First Pull: Part 3

In the last series we went over common areas that may be holding us back from getting into a good set-up position for the snatch and being efficient in the first pull.  If you missed the first 2 articles

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Fitness Pain Free Episode 17: All About Olympic Lifts

Join Rob and I as we delve deep, super deep, into Olympic Lifting.  Topics discussed: What are the olympic lifts? Snatches?  Is this show rated PG? What and who the O-lifts are good for? How Rob and

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How Not to Destroy Your Lower Back While Squatting: Avoiding The Dreaded Butt Tuck Position

To start, I wanted to say that I plugged the words “butt tuck” into google to get some good images to put along with this post and what I ended up getting was not anything related to squatting.

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Why Your Deadlift Technique Sucks – Using the Joint By Joint Approach – Part 4

We’ve all seen it.  It starts as a friendly attempt at picking up a heavy weight.  It ends in terror, back pain and vertebral discs being shot all over the room.  You know what I’m talking

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1 and 1/2 squats: Improve Your Squat By Working Your Weakness

If you’re like me you have a tough time getting deep in your squats and then coming back out of the hole with some power.  Here’s a great exercise to work on to help with that.  They’re

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