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How to power clean

» by January 9th, 2014 at 10:11 am » Comments (17)

The power clean is one of the best movements you can do for power, strength and explosiveness. It’s a bit of a challenge to learn – but it’s no fun if everything comes easy, right? The difference between a power clean and a clean is that in the power clean the bar is caught with […]



Weight training and olympic lifting courses for beginners in London

» by September 6th, 2013 at 12:40 pm » Comments (27)

I run regular weight training and olympic lifting courses through my company Strength Ambassadors. I have a number of courses coming up in the remainder of 2013 in central London, UK. If you want to improve your strength or even start from scratch, there could be a course for you! Read on to find out what’s available. 1. […]



If… (the weightlifter’s version)

» by June 25th, 2013 at 10:35 pm » Comments (6)

There can’t be many people who haven’t heard the Rudyard Kipling poem that begins, “If you can keep your head when all about you/Are losing theirs and blaming it on you” Reading it again this evening, I was inspired to write a weightlifter’s version. So here goes: If… (The weightlifter’s version) If you can be […]



Improve your weight lifting

» by April 28th, 2013 at 7:54 pm » Comments (7)

Improve your weight lifting by following these simple tips. Improve squat, deadlift, pull up, snatch, clean and jerk and many more. Get stronger, banish your weaknesses!



Why Crossfitters benefit from learning the Olympic lifts from an Olympic Weightlifter

» by March 24th, 2013 at 6:38 pm » Comments (14)

Learning olympic lifting from an olympic lifting instructor with a background in competitive weightlifting can help you with the technique issues and mental approach that may be limiting your Crossfit performance.



Controlling your competition nerves

» by February 22nd, 2012 at 5:25 pm » Comments (7)

This is a guest post from Giles Greenwood, weightlifting Commonwealth Games gold medalist, now coach at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club. Giles runs a REPS-accredited weightlifting instructors course aimed at fitness professionals who want to perform and teach the olympic lifts. I have been coached by Giles for the last few years, and during that time he has […]



Review: Olympic Weightlifting Techniques DVD

» by February 13th, 2011 at 8:08 pm » Comments (10)

If you don’t know much about Glenn Pendlay, rest assured that is going to change. An olympic weightlifting coach for some twenty years, Pendlay has until now stayed largely within the weightlifting and strength sports world, referenced by the likes of Mark Rippetoe, with whom he has worked extensively (you may have noticed Pendlay credited […]



What’s the difference between powerlifting, olympic weightlifting and strongman?

» by October 17th, 2010 at 11:49 pm » Comments (29)

All you need to know about powerlifting, olympic weightlifting and strongman – the events, how to learn, how to compete



Does lifting more always mean you get stronger?

» by August 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm » Comments (19)

How to vary intensity in the training cycle to continue getting stronger. Examples from weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman.



How-to: Good morning

» by July 26th, 2010 at 11:16 pm » Comments (16)

How to perform the barbell good morning, for powerlifters, olympic weightlifters and bodybuilders. Step by step guide with photo illustrations and video demo. Also includes concentric good morning.