The Best Olympic Weightlifting Resources

Jul 30, 2021 | Strength & Conditioning

Our favorite olympic weightlifting resources from Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics

At TrainHeroic, we’re all about quality resources and education for athletes, because knowledge is literally power in the strength and conditioning world.

Check out these olympic weightlifting resources – articles and videos – by one of our top Olympic Weightlifting coaches and a leader in education on the sport—Greg Everett, owner of Catalyst Athletics.

Catalyst has around 30 program options with hundreds of athletes smashing goals left and right in the TrainHeroic app.

Bookmark this page so you can come back to it over and over again. Expect to learn about stuff like timing, explosiveness, and nitty-gritty details that make the sport of Olympic weightlifting so exciting and challenging. You’ll get valuable insights on technique, mindset, positioning, and skills used by the pros.

Internalizing just one of these pieces per day will improve your weightlifting practice in two weeks. (Assuming you actually practice the material.)

Also check out Greg’s new book for some of the most excellent practical life advice, Tough: Building True Mental, Physical and Emotional Toughness for Success and Fulfillment.

Our 10 favorite weightlifting articles by Greg

1. Positivity for Productivity in Olympic Weightlifting

In greg’s own words, “The alternate title for this article is Being Positive without Being Obnoxious, but that doesn’t tie it into weightlifting.” In this article, Greg gives coaches and athletes alike pointers on how to reframe negativity into positive output to harness the mental side of the sport.


2. 5 Ways to Get Better at Weightlifting without Training

Surrounding yourself with better lifters, journalling, visualization….In this article Greg dissects the smaller things outside of the gym that can stack up to meaningful gainz on your path to becoming a better weightlifter.

3. Train Like A Champion: Technique, Habits and Positivity in Weightlifting

Champions in any discipline put time and energy into nailing down the small details. Hear from Greg how winners are forged by auditing their habits and mindset for athletic greatness.

4. 5 Ways to Get A Better Finish in the Snatch

Greg talks nitty-gritty technique details and methods for amping up your speed, aggression, force, and timing for your final extension in the snatch.

5. Beating Mental Blocks in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk

All else being equal: Olympic weightlifting is a mental sport. Your thoughts can make or break a lift. Learn about threshold training, progressions, and using odd weights to your advantage.

6. Maximize The Stability & Security of Your Snatch Overhead Position

Stability, comfort, and balance are essential in the overhead position. Nailing the alignment, grip width, rotation and tension of the right muscles makes all the difference.

7. The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions

Important and often overlooked detail for improving your lifts: adjusting your clean rack to land the jerk position for your next C&J PR.

8. Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart

Two downloadable charts to see where your numbers rank for both the old and new IWF weight classes.

9. Six Truths of Olympic Weightlifting Technique

Technical proficiency is the crux of Olympic Weightlifting. Since the snatch and C&J aim to accomplish the same thing, Greg outlines some gospel for both.

10. Hips, Meet Bar: Bar-Body Contact in the Extension of the Snatch and Clean

Greg breaks down the two main camps for a hotly debated technical element: brush or bang. His critical eye and wisdom account for the fact that not all lifters lift the same.

Train with Catalyst

The Catalyst Athletics Club team is built for weightlifters who need a complete training program to get stronger, improve technique, and continue making PRs in the snatch, clean & jerk, and related exercises.

This 5 day/week program is written by Greg Everett, coach of the national championship team Catalyst Athletics and of dozens of national and international level lifters, including national record holders, national champions, and international medalists, and author of the world’s best selling weightlifting book. His training programs have been used by 86,000 athletes around the world.

Our 5 favorite weightlifting videos from Catalyst

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