• Using Video Analysis in Training

    by  • January 5, 2014

    My last post was about how I choose the frames from a video to put together a photo series as a coaching aid. Obviously this involves videoing a lift in the first place and I think video is a very useful analysis tool. I also think that video can be over used in the gym […]

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    Choosing Key Positions in Photo Series

    by  • December 29, 2013

    I post quite a few series of screenshots showing the key positions (usually of the snatch or clean pull) to this site and put even more of these together for my lifters at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club. When I started doing these I used my judgement to select the frames I would use to show […]

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    Is Teaching the Clean Necessary?

    by  • December 15, 2013

    This is a guest post by the author of the www.ukolympicweightlifting.co.uk site, BWL and GWL Instructor, Rich Kite. Like me, Rich runs beginners weightlifting courses and has used the GWL teaching sequence successfully for some time. He’s been trying out ways to improve his teaching of the lifts and  finds a modified version of the […]

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    Some Thoughts on Pull Mechanics

    by  • December 13, 2013

    I was just looking at this series taken by HookGrip of liao Hui breaking the World clean & jerk record in the 69kg class and I took a few notes to help me with my understanding of the lift. I find this approach also helps me to see differences in technique which don’t necessarily fit […]

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    Constructive Criticism

    by  • December 11, 2013

    I was surprised that a recurring theme of the comments on my recent short article about improving my clean technique was that I was “honest” about my technical shortcomings. As a lifter who has progressed through the British coaching system from making the junior national squad when I was 18 up to my last senior […]

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    Getting Plenty of Technique Practice

    by  • December 2, 2013

    My clean technique has been pretty poor for quite a while now. Last Sunday I did a clean technique session mainly trying to keep my shoulders over the bar and get my knees back during the first pull. I’d noticed that a big gap (between me and the bar) was opening up as the bar […]

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    by  • September 25, 2013

    Percentages are probably the best single indicator we have to judge relative effort when preparing training programmes and deciding how many reps to do at a certain intensity etc. It’s worth bearing in mind though that they aren’t a perfect comparison. For a lifter who’s best clean & jerk is 100kg a 90kg clean & […]

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    Where Should I Brush Off The Thigh? (part 2)

    by  • September 11, 2013

    I wrote this article about where to brush off the thigh and when I saved it saw another article I’d written which is virtually the same. I even used the same lifters as examples. My memory isn’t what it was. On a brighter note – at least I agreed with myself! Here’s the new version: […]

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    Finish Your Pull!

    by  • August 28, 2013

    I’ve been reading (re-reading) some of the articles on dynamic-eleiko.com – http://www.dynamic-eleiko.com/sportivny/library/farticles.html. If you coach weightlifting and haven’t read them yet they are essential reading. While reading “The Relative Value of Pulling Exercises in the Training of Weightlifters – part 1” this paragraph particularly struck me. “Barton (14) studied barbell trajectories and other factors connected […]

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