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Ask Greg: Issue 150


Alex Asks: What would you say about the state of weightlifting when iconic gyms like yours and Coach Pendlay's are finding it difficult to thrive. Do you believe our sport is still on the up swing? My plan is to model my gym like yours. ... Continue reading
Odd Movements, Physical Therapy, and Weightlifting Hypochondria


The last 30 years have brought about a lot of changes in Olympic weightlifting. That’s not a surprising statement, obviously. Almost anything will likely change quite a bit if you put a 30-year time frame on it. However, the interesting part of... Continue reading
When You’re Not Behind the Curtain: A Spectator’s Perspective of Coaching at a National Event


A few weekends ago, my wife and I took a trip to Chicago. We left my older son with my mom and headed south from our hotel to go watch a couple of the Saturday afternoon/evening sessions at USAW Nationals. It was the first time I have attended Nation... Continue reading
How to Make Your Gym Accessible to Everyone (Rather than Just Your Rock Star Athletes)


Unless you’re running a small, elite club for a few select athletes you hope to hone into Olympians or world champions, you could probably use some more business in your gym—or you could at least stand to keep the business you have. One o... Continue reading
True or False: Running Is Bad For Your Knees


“I love running, but I know it’s bad for my knees. I keep thinking I should give it up.” It’s something I hear often from my clients. The idea that running is bad for the joints, and that “low impact activities”... Continue reading
Interview: Mary Peck


Folks, I’ve been saying it for years and years. If you want to recruit great female talent into Olympic weightlifting, look for ex-gymnasts. (Actually, a lot of people say that. But I’m old, so I’ve been saying it longer.)   ... Continue reading
Weightlifting News: Issue 150


Upcoming National Meets July 28-31 AO Series 2 (Miami, FL) September 8-10 AO Series 3 (Grand Rapids, MI) December 7-10 AO Championships (Anaheim, CA)   Upcoming International Meets July 23-27 Pan-American Championships (Miami, Florida)... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Issue 149


Rene Asks: How do I fix awkward foot position when catching a snatch or a clean? The inner side of my foot is always first in the ground and my foot is also turned out too much. Thanks.   Greg Says: Usually this is a combination of immobility ... Continue reading
How Weightlifters Develop the Same Personalities as their Coaches


Let’s talk a little bit about the personality dynamics we see in our glorious life of Olympic weightlifting, shall we? As I write this article, I’m approaching my 29th year in the game. Serving that amount of time brings about a lot of th... Continue reading
Just enter your first weightlifting competition already (and then forget about it)


Weightlifters who put off competing are doing things all backwards, as far as I’m concerned. The point of training as a weightlifter surely ought to be to compete. The competitive experience is so essential to Olympic weightlifting that it&rsqu... Continue reading
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