CrossFit Snatches: Safety vs Stupidity in the Name of Sport (with Video)


Before I get started, please read this intro so that we’re on the same page: This is NOT one of those annoying “bash CrossFit” posts. I wrote it out of genuine concern for the safety of regular people who do CrossFit — not for Games-level athletes. I realize that because of the already-existing antagonism between […]

Terminator Snatch Pulls: Fix Your Technique & Build Strength – Weightlifting Academy Episode


Can you fix technique and build strength at the same time? Of course! Try this style of snatch pulls, done in “Terminator” (read: precise) style! The name is just for fun, and to make the point that I want you to be as meticulous as possible. Other people call it by other names (Dan Bell […]

How to FAIL on a Snatch Safely – Weightlifting Academy Episode


Today, let’s learn how to avoid death (at least for now). Missing a snatch behind you is easy, but it’s scary at first. Because of this, you have to PRACTICE failing. So after you learn how to do this, practice it with light weights, many many many times There are 3 rules: Arms LOCKED at […]

T-Spine Snatch Drill: Extend the SAFE Way – Weightlifting Academy Episode


For the love of all that is holy, stop extending at your lower back on the Olympic lifts! Usually the problem is (at least) two-fold: Your T-Spine mobility sucks. You haven’t built the correct motor patterns of the movement yet. Today’s T-Spine Snatch Drill will help you with both of these. Coming Up! Last week […]

Butt Stomp Drill! – Snatch & Clean: Fast & Hard – Weightlifting Academy Episode


Try the Butt Stomp Drill: Move FASTER & Catch HARDER – in this episode of Weightlifting Academy! There are two components to the Butt Stomp Drill: Butt — Flex your ASS, hard and fast Stomp — Stomp your feet at the EXACT same time as you catch the barbell Coming Up! Just a Few Days […]

Tight Butt Face! How to Miss Squats & Snatches Safely – Weightlifting Academy Episode


The point is to PRACTICE these 2 tips every day – with light weights – until they are a habit. THEN, you will be able to do them with heavy weights safely & automatically. If you only watch this, but don’t put great effort into building the habit, through repetition, then it won’t work. Athlete’s […]

Secrets of Mastery – Weightlifting Academy Episode


Snatching is like getting punched in the face… or punching someone else in the face. It’s hard, it’s scary, and it’s better to master the BASICS rather than try to learn everything all at once. Go DEEP, only then can you go wide. This video is from our Snatch Domination Course, an online class taught […]

Barbells & Biceps: Any Given Sunday for the Asheville Strength Legion


Video of a recent Sunday training session for the Asheville Strength Legion, aka Weightlifting Academy Team. All the weights, all the things, all the gainZ. Now go lift something heavy, Nick Horton

Lock-The-Fuck-Out! – On Snatches & Jerks – Weightlifting Tip


Quick Tip: NOTHING is more important in Weightlifting than the lock out. I repeat: Nothing! That goes for your safety as well as your success in a contest. If your lock out sucks, you are NOT a weightlifter. However, if your lock out is awesome, but everything else about your technique totally fucking blows… you […]

No Cats, No Pussy: How to Kill Fear in the Snatch [video]


We have 3 rules for the Snatch, in the order of how we teach them: Lock Out Hit Your Hip No Cats! The cats reference is … about not being a scaredy cat (we teach a lot of kids, so in the gym, that’s our non-adult variation). We can, and will, teach you how to […]

Why George Got His Snatch Drunk – How to Find the Zone (the Right Way)


Grab a glass of bourbon and chalk up. It’s time to break barbells! In today’s episode of the Iron Samurai Podcast: Why was George drinking with his snatch? Do bourbon-goggles work with barbells? Why your brain sucks and won’t shut up… I heard that! How to avoid falling off of a cliff What is that […]

Dirty Vodka Smartini: Strength Recipe


My drink of choice when I’m out and about is a variant of a martini that I call a “smartini”. It’s nothing but a double-shot of vodka on the rocks, with olives, and some olive juice thrown in. I order it exactly like that, with my favorite reasonably priced vodka, Monopolowa (the ‘w’ is pronounced […]

The 7 Virtues Of Bushido: Righteousness


Part 1 – Gi (See the introduction HERE) In Japanese, the first of the 7 codes of the Samurai is “Gi”, which can be translated any number of ways, the most common of which is “rectitude”. However, the word “rectitude” is rather obscure. (When was the last time you used it?) Other common translations are […]

The Tao Of Snatch: Smile, It’s Supposed To Suck


QUOTE from a lifter of ours: “Dear sweet wonderful coaches o mine… am I supposed to be this broken after starting the programming?” MY ANSWER: The answer is Yes This is meant to be a “kick the living crap out of you” type of program that eventually REQUIRES that you take a deload week periodically […]

The Tao Of Snatch, Lesson 1: Top 20 Bruce Lee Quotes On Weightlifting


Olympic weightlifting is an art form. It is closer to the martial arts than it is to other strength sports. And once you finally let this fact sink in, your progress will soar. In the spirit of that I’m starting a new series here called, “The Tao Of Snatch” which is my way of focusing more on […]

Your Dream Come True: Add More Weight

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I’m about to tell you what you want to hear… But be advised…this is ONLY if you are NOT a rank beginner. I define a rank beginner in Oly lifting to be a person who can’t even lock out the bar correctly, etc. But if you have gotten past most of that, like through the […]

Ooooh … SO Pretty! NEW Weightlifting Academy Facebook Design!

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Can you do me a favor? Tamara and I just overhauled our Facebook page for the new Weightlifting Academy … Look how pretty it is! If you have a Facebook account, make sure you go and “LIKE” it We’ll be updating it regularly and having discussions there that we won’t be having anywhere else on training and […]

Good News, Bad News, Kick-Ass News

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I told you I had something important to tell you on Monday … But I decided to wait until today. The reason is that – and this is totally weirdo – I have noticed that more of you read the emails I send on Tuesday than on Monday. And it is too important to have […]

Consistency Is Evil … Sometimes

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that, “Consistency is the Hobgoblin of little minds.” Was he talking about Spiderman’s arch enemy? Probably … but he was also likely talking about the tendency of humans to stick to shit they should NOT stick too … simply because they always have. In this video I discuss such esoteric […]

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