It doesn’t matter where Glenn is, or what team he is coaching, he consistently raises people’s squat up over 200kg, with many of his athletes squatting well over 250kg. It is no coincidence that he is able to achieve this with every athlete he coaches.
So why is it that we have such a hard time doing this for ourselves?
Well the truth is, Glenn doesn’t coach like all the other coaches. He doesn’t program exactly like the other coaches. Is this bad? Well, he is arguably the most successful coach in America, with more than 100 national titles to his name and with as many as 10 national records set in a single year.
What Glenn does differently is that he doesn’t only program squats to improve the squat. Banging your head against the wall with only squats isn’t the best way to improve the squat. Other supplementary exercises must be added to increase strength in specific areas. As Louie Simmons has explained, you might have 200kg legs and a 200kg back but if you only have 170kg glutes you are only going to squat 170kg!
So how does Glenn do it?
Jeremy is the head coach and owner of Barton County Strength Club. He also owns his own coffee business 'Jerk Drive Coffee'. Jeremy also is a certified USAW Level 2 coach, a Pendlay Certification Instructor, and a powerlifting coach.
Coaching is more than telling athletes what movements to do. That can be done with something as simple as a whiteboard. Coaching at its core is a transfer of knowledge and experience while being able to articulate that knowledge and experience in a way the athlete will understand. While we as coaches may have a great deal of technical knowledge it must be relayed in a way the athlete can understand rather than in a way that makes us as the coach come across as overly technical and critical. New coaches seem to do this often to try and get respect by showing how much they know.
*Spoiler alert, you don't know shit*.
'One of the most common cues I hear is "stabilize your midline". That is freaking meaningless to the athlete.'
1 – The beginning is the time to look good!
There is no easier time to improve and change your technique than at the start of your lifting career. The technique you learn in the first 6 months is largely going to be the technique that remains with you for the rest of your career. Of course you will become more consistent, move faster, and become stronger, but the individual characteristics of your lifts, good or bad, will remain.
"Movement patterns are like tracks on a muddy road. The more times you drive along them the deeper they get and they harder they become to drive out of" - Glenn Pendlay
Having lifted now for nearly 4 years, I feel unable to radically correct my movement faults. One of my faults is that I learnt to jerk with a straight back leg. Logic tells me that I can catch the bar lower if I allow my back knee to bend, and I am able to do this with weights at around 70%. As soon as I go heavier however, my old patterns show up again. I spear my back foot and don’t absorb any of the weight. Should I have been more diligent with my technique early on and not worried so much about the weight on the bar, I wouldn’t now be so limited in the clean and jerk by my jerk.
Jeremy Augusta is the owner of Barton County Strength Club in the USFuckinA. He is a USAW L2 coach, a Pendlay Certification Instructor, and a Powerlifting coach. To learn more about the amazing things Jeremy is doing visit his websites and check out his social media accounts below.
Let's up your PR jerk RIGHT NOW!
I'm not a great wordsmith, but I do know how to make you stronger. This isn't going to be a fluffed up article, it’s going to be a blunt example of how to get a bigger number this very moment.
Often, I get the honor of travelling and helping coach at weightlifting camps, seminars, and the Pendlay Certification, as well as hosting USAW certifications. I see the same mistake among all the weightlifters that I am blessed to work with, a mistake which prevents them for reaching their potential in the jerk. We're going to fix this right now and get you a new PR.
Leah is a Sports Therapist and Rehabilitator who works for Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy and Exeter University. She graduated from the University of St Mark and St John with a 1st Class Honours degree in BSc Sports Therapy.
Ever heard some not so strong guys from your gym tell you the best way to wrap your knees? Ever wondered what is recommended by science about wrapping your knees? Stop learning from your local gym bros, and Start Learning From Science.
What topics does this knee wraps review cover?
• Why do we see an increase in load lifted with wraps vs without?
• What are the changes seen in the movement and speed of the squat with wraps vs without?
• What does science say is the best way to wrap your knees? – Cross wrapped vs straight wrapped vs spiral wrapped.
• What type of knee wrap does science recommend? – Hard vs Soft.
Coach Brian Chambers
Coach Brian Chambers is a talented young Weightlifting and CrossFit coach based in Tallahassee, Fl, specializing in finding an athlete's weaknesses and fixing them to improve overall performance. He is a CrossFit L1, USAW Sport Performance Coach. Follow Coach Brian Chambers on instagram @coachbchambers and on Facebook here.
Every now and then, it is good to mix things up in your training. Sometimes your training sessions grow stagnant, and maybe you can’t seem to get rid of a nagging shoulder pain no matter how much you molest lacrosse balls and foam rollers. If you can relate to this bizarre metaphor then perhaps you ought to try these movements out. If you want to take your weightlifting seriously, then it is worth mentioning that these exercises should in no way replace the classic lifts - the snatch and the clean and jerk. If however you have shoulder pain, trunk and shoulder stability or even mobility problems, then these may well be the ideal supplementary exercises for you.
The reason you are here, wanting to squat 200kg, tells me enough about you to know that the Texas Method is for you. Why? Because the Texas squat method is an intermediate squat program. So? Why would that have anything to do with you being here, reading this? Simple, intermediate lifters, myself included, are obsessive people...
The debate of technique vs strength is one we have all heard, and we most likely all fall slightly towards one side. Personally, after several years of training, I fall towards the strength side.
Dr Kyle Pierce, creator of LSUS and coach of the strongest pound for pound American weightlifter of all time and 3 time Olympian Kendrick Farris, has a saying – Learn the lifts, and then get as strong as possible.
Trying to emulate the same training as Ilya, Lu, or Okulov, is one of the most common mistakes you see as a weightlifter. When people want to train like the top guys, they generally have the best intentions and a sense of logic behind their statement. Why not train how the best in the world train, because that must be how to become the best in the world. The problem is this is flawed logic. To become the best in the world we must look not at what they are doing now, but more what they were doing 3 years into the sport.
Like many, I go through phases of learning, and these tend to coincide with how my training is going. I am always doing something weightlifting, be it watching old videos on youtube, reading articles online, or listening to podcasts while I walk to and from the gym or do chores. Last summer I was struck by the same back injury that has plagued my weightlifting career, littering my training with more ups and downs physically and mentally than one needs to know! This time however was the first time it had struck since I had graduated from my Sport and Exercise Science degree, and so this time I suddenly had nothing productive to fall back on: no piece of coursework or exam to work towards. I needed something, something that would show me the light, something that would lead me down a more productive path of training, something beautifully simple and methodological, something that made sense to me and fulfilled the science/nerdy side of me, something that I could really buy into.
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