FROM THE BLOG
Inside our Weightlifting BASICS Course
For more than a year, we have been running a weightlifting BASICS course at our gym in Los Angeles. The course is designed to teach the snatch and clean & jerk to those who are new to the Olympic lifts. The course also works well for those with some snatch and clean & jerk experience who wish to revisit the fundamentals under the eyes of a professional coach. We are providing the following information... Read more...
Collaboration with Nikita Durnev
We're thrilled to announce we will be collaborating on several projects with standout weightlifter and coach, Nikita Durnev. The goal of our collaboration is to improve the quality of weightlifting and weightlifting information in the US. Nikita teaches and coaches lifters of all skill levels as head coach of HomeBase Barbell in Canton, MA. He is one of the best technique... Read more...
Weightlifting TECHNIQUE Class, Wed. July 16
In tonight's weightlifting TECHNIQUE class (6:30 pm), we work on how to generate better power in the explosion phase of the clean. Maximal power generation in the explosion phase requires heavy emphasis on your legs as the prime vertical force producer. Properly executed, efficient explosion helps give you enough height on the bar to get under it, esp. as the weight gets heavier. It also helps develop... Read more...
Weightlifting TECHNIQUE Class, Wed. July 9
In tonight's weightlifting TECHNIQUE class (6:30 pm), we return to working on the clean. We'll be working with a series of drills to help you find the starting position best suited for your body. Then we'll work on breaking the bar from the floor using the powerful muscles of your legs (rather than leading with the arms or back). When done properly, this ensures (among other things) that the hips and shoulders... Read more...
Weightlifting TECHNIQUE Class, Week of June 9
In this week's weightlifting TECHNIQUE class (tonight 6:30 pm, note: Saturday's class is cancelled for a special event) we return to the jerk. We'll be working with a series of drills to help with proper mechanics of the dip and the drive. A proper dip and drive helps you raise the height of the bar relying primarily on your legs. Performed properly it will help you avoid one of the most common... Read more...
Weightlifting TECHNIQUE class, Week of June 2
In this week's weightlifting TECHNIQUE classes (tonight 6:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am), we work on helping you change directions quickly and pull yourself under the bar in the snatch. Doing this effectively requires a combination of full extension (to achieve the greatest stretch reflex at the hip - for many this is counter-intuitive), fast hips and feet, and aggressive arm action.If you're stuck trying to... Read more...
Weightlifting TRAINING class: Week 5 of 6
In this week's weekday TRAINING classes, we back-off the volume and intensity slightly to focus on improving the arm action of the snatch and the footwork of the jerk. The overall volume this week includes a total of 180 lifts with an average intensity of 67%. Next week is the final week of the current six-week progression where we'll test 1-RMs in the back squat and jerk. If you want to come train with us in class... Read more...
Weightlifting learning opportunities this Summer
A brief update on coming events/opportunities that will help you improve your weightlifting skills and knowledge: June 14: We are hosting elite Russian lifters and coaches for a hands-on weightlifting technique seminar open to lifters of all skill levels. Come learn better technique from some of the best weightlifters in the world including former world record holder Oxana... Read more...