Weightlifting/Olympic Lifting

Athlete Monitoring via Google Forms

There is some really awesome information to be had via regular surveying of athletes (aka athlete monitoring). You can get a very quick snapshot of how an athlete is feeling, responding to training (via markers of mood, sleep etc), and any other variables you might be interested in.  However, it is often difficult to get all of the information down quickly and efficiently.  Many people have used paper and pencil surveys, then entered data by … Read more

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Athlete Monitoring via Google Forms – Part 2 – Variables

Note: This is a continuation of information from part 1 (read it first if you haven’t yet). We have had a very successful run of using Google Forms for athlete monitoring so far. The total fill-out time seems to run about 2 minutes, not including quiet sitting for some of stuff we test. We are also able to get some fairly useful information out of it that has helped us to stay on top of how … Read more

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How to make near-invincible lifting straps

This is a post I wrote for the sportscienceed.com blog– thought it was a good item to put here as well. Everybody who uses cloth straps knows they will bust eventually. In fact, in one fateful Saturday, I busted through three straps in a training session. Upon seeing my difficulty with these cloth straps, the former OTS Coach Tim McInnis showed me the wrist straps he had made from dog leashes. Before I lost another … Read more

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Should you bother with clean variations without the catch?

I’ve been involved in a few studies with my colleague Tim Suchomel looking at a number of different clean variations. In particular, the clean variations we looked at were the hang power clean, jump shrug, and the hang high pull. What is particularly unique about two of these studies, is that they are evaluating two clean variations that don’t involve the catch.  Traditionally, many coaches (myself included) have relied on clean variations that involve receiving the bar with our athletes. They are a … Read more

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Sinclair Total Calculator, Updated with Online Calculator

At weightlifting meets, we usually use the Sinclair Formula to adjust performances in order to determine best lifter.  The Sinclair coefficient and formula is based off of world record performances in the previous Olympic Cycle.  The idea is that it adjusts a person’s performance using their bodyweight and the coefficient.  The number that is gotten by using the Sinclair Formula  is what the lifter would total, theoretically, if they were at the highest weight class, assuming the same … Read more

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The shoes we wear during training make a difference

If I had to guess, I would say that most people don’t think about the shoes that they wear to train in – as long as they are following the rules of the gym, they are good.  However, weightlifters have been ahead of the curve in this regard for a long time- and figured out that the right kind of shoes make all the difference when it comes to lifting weights. One of the key … Read more

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We Are Not Training Weightlifters

Have you ever heard the following statement, or a variation thereof? “You should be building better <insert athlete type here>, not weightlifters” I have. Many strength and conditioning coaches have heard it, and will probably continue to hear that statement. Strength and conditioning coaches might even use that statement. On the surface I suppose, it seems logical. We are not trying to build better weightlifters. Due to reasons related to specificity (and if you read last week’s … Read more

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