FROM THE BLOG
Bracing or Tightening the Torso for Lifting
We made a brief video describing and demonstrating the 3-step process we teach all our athletes for keeping the torso tight while lifting. If you are an ahtlete, you should have a deliberate process for bracing your torso. If you are a coach, you should have a clear method to teach your athletes. Whether you use our approach or another, consistantly keeping your torso tight while you lift will improve your power and... Read more...
Newlsetter archive updated to include Shut Up and Lift #2
We just uploaded issue #2 of Shut Up and Lift to our newsletter archive. It was originally published in September 2011 and featured a video entitled "The Strongest" by Mai Zetterling (also linked below). The segment is part of a larger project entitled Visions of Eight in which eight different directors presented themed video segments from the 1972 Olympics. According to Zetterling: "I chose weight lifting because I... Read more...
Course for Coaches
We just announced dates for the first part of our new coaching course, The Art and Science of Coaching Weightlifting. The goal of the course is to help you understand how to better coach the Olympic lifts with athletes of all experience levels. The only requirement for signing up is that you are a current coach (we require that you provide a reference to verify your current coaching activity).To be held over three... Read more...
Center of Pressure on the Foot
(We posted this to our Facebook page the other day but wanted to preserve it here for future reference.)DID YOU KNOW?: Research involving weightlifting medalists from World Championships and Olympics demonstrate a front-to-back-to-front shift in the center of pressure on their feet during the snatch and clean. The balance on the foot during the pull starts at the outside/front of the foot during lift-off, goes to... Read more...
Troubleshooting Common Errors in the Olympic Lifts
This is a series we created and posted on the Facebook earlier this year. The videos cover some of the most common (and most catastrophic) errors we see in developing weightlifters. The videos provide a brief overview of the problem, why it happens, and one approach to fixing it. If you'd like help troubleshooting your technique errors, please contact us. Common error #1: Not setting your torso properly ... Read more...
CrossFit SoCal Regionals 2012 Recap
Waxman's Gym had a great weekend at CrossFit SoCal Regionals in Pomona this past weekend. Not only did we participate as a vendor and talk to countless athletes who are interested in improving their lifting technique with our help, but also the athletes who already train with us performed exceptionally well. Three of our athletes, Val, Andrea, and Ryan finished in the top five. Val, who has been training with us for... Read more...
WAXMAN'S GYM newsletter "SHUT UP and LIFT" issue #5 is now available!
IN THIS ISSUE... From the Gym:A video of some training lifts from the past two weeks including: Ashley, Ernie, Greg, Phil, and Sam towards the end of their training cycles which will culminate in test competitions at the end of the month. Liz, Mike, and Val from Dogtown Crossfit starting their preparations for the next Crossfit games. From the Research Library: Two articles: "Foot Pressure Study During... Read more...
WAXMAN'S GYM newsletter "SHUT UP and LIFT" issue #4 is now available!
IN THIS ISSUE... From the Gym:A video of some training lifts from the past two weeks including: Our begining lifters Greg, Ernie, Sam, and our newest lifter Phil. All of whom have been training for just a few monthes. They are preparing for our developmental meet being held on November 5th. Ashley making some easy C&J's in preparation for the American Championships which are coming up in December. From... Read more...