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Why do we miss jerks : Programming, Pelvic alignment and other important technicalities of the jerk

One of my biggest pet peeve, in weightlifting, is missed jerks. According to Russian literature and coaches experience, the jerk is the competitive lift that is the most often missed. According to what I have seen… Read More »Why do we miss jerks : Programming, Pelvic alignment and other important technicalities of the jerk

Leg strength problems : Why your squat won’t improve and some ideas on how to fix it

Although weightlifting success is not a 100% dependent on Leg strength, strength of the legs is of great importance for the weightlifter. Every athlete is different – yet we could define them as either Technicians and Strength based… Read More »Leg strength problems : Why your squat won’t improve and some ideas on how to fix it

5 weightlifting lessons from 2014 : Implications for training, competing and reaching high results

Better late than never…Happy new year to everybody! For me, 2014 has been crazy with experiences, athlete recruitment, athlete development, programming and travelling for competition and a few seminars. Looking back, it was a great… Read More »5 weightlifting lessons from 2014 : Implications for training, competing and reaching high results

On the topic of weightlifting technique: My rebuttal to the naysayers

Every now and then, there is an article that gets published on weightlifting which argues that knowledge or characterization fine points of weightlifting technique don’t matter for most trainees. Ironically, these articles often conclude that technique is what… Read More »On the topic of weightlifting technique: My rebuttal to the naysayers

THE WHY AND HOW OF WEIGHTLIFTING COMPLEXES : A SIMPLISTIC GUIDE TO THE USE OF COMPLEXES (PART 2 : ”HOW”)

A bit less than a month ago, I wrote about the pros and cons to using weightlifting complexes to improve technique and strength. I outlined the reasons you should or should not include weightlifting complexes.… Read More »THE WHY AND HOW OF WEIGHTLIFTING COMPLEXES : A SIMPLISTIC GUIDE TO THE USE OF COMPLEXES (PART 2 : ”HOW”)

The why and how of weightlifting complexes : A simplistic guide to the use of complexes (Part 1 : ”Why”)

Weightlifting training methods can be based on a simplistic, or complicated, or auto regulated or carefully regulated system. They can all work to some degree as long as it is suited to you and your… Read More »The why and how of weightlifting complexes : A simplistic guide to the use of complexes (Part 1 : ”Why”)

Straight bar paths are not the norm nor needed for success in weightlifting : Review of the scientific litterature

Perhaps it is just semantics or it’s the popular obsession with bar paths that led me to write this article. Anyhow, If you are a weightlifter, then you live and die by the principle that… Read More »Straight bar paths are not the norm nor needed for success in weightlifting : Review of the scientific litterature

Ask First Pull Fridays 2 : On the topic of pulling yourself under the bar efficiently and developing the confidence to do so

Last week, for the first edition of Ask First Pull Fridays, I talked about the controversy of whether knees should go out or not during a squat. This week, for the second edition, I answer… Read More »Ask First Pull Fridays 2 : On the topic of pulling yourself under the bar efficiently and developing the confidence to do so

Maximal Neuromuscular Power Depends On Specific Characteristics Of The Central Nervous System : Part 1

The understanding of [sport] movements requires the knowledge of neuroscience notions. Many people over the years have focused on mechanics of movement – that is biomechanics- and have offered very valuable insights into weightlifting technique. If… Read More »Maximal Neuromuscular Power Depends On Specific Characteristics Of The Central Nervous System : Part 1

Transfer of learning : Importance in skill acquisition of weightlifting & implications for coaching and programming

In my last article about skill acquisition, I made the statement that  improvements, in the cognitive stage of skill acquisition, are mainly due to thinking and planning as well as the ability of the athlete to… Read More »Transfer of learning : Importance in skill acquisition of weightlifting & implications for coaching and programming