April 24, 2018

I would like to examine what training for weightlifting really is. For the lifters that know their why, who have concrete goals whether to qualify for or win a national meet. There are many lifters and coaches in the U.S and some abroad who don’t understand the fundame...

February 8, 2018

Right before my senior year of high school my family moved across town. Not long after I soon met Toby, a big orange tabby that was the neighborhood cat. Toby was really owned by a sweet elderly couple that lived adjacent to us although he stayed at multiple homes wher...

October 10, 2017

In managing the training of beginner and intermediate weightlifters the most commonly used exercises for the development of strength and technique are pulls. Snatch pulls, clean pulls, drive pulls and panda pulls are done in practically every training session of new li...

August 11, 2017

When preparing for a competition, every kilo in training must be done with the aim to increase the competition total. In other words, develop a sound plan or plan to fail. Unfortunately, I see a few of our best lifters have an arbitrary approach where training is more...

June 28, 2017

There is a lot of information available online and on social media regarding the role of squats in the training of weightlifters. Much of this information is regurgitated from one to coach to a lifter, then from one lifter to another through online coaching. A beginner...

June 15, 2017

I have written a lot about how to develop beginners in weightlifting. I will now provide a snatch workout for an advanced lifter who has 2 years or more of training in weightlifting where technical mastery and strength levels are sufficient to begin training more inten...

May 19, 2017

The picture above is of Alexandr Karelin, the most dominant Greco-Roman Wrestler in History. He won 9 World Championships and  3 Olympic Gold Medals. His lifetime record was 887 wins and 2 loses. Alexandr was supremely conditioned and nearly flawless in his technical e...

April 3, 2017

Recently, scientists such as Patrick Arnold, and athletes in the strength game (powerlifters, strongmen etc) have raised specific questions about Chinese Weightlifters. These individuals raising the questions know how anabolic steroids work, and what the short and long...

February 1, 2017

The process in educating oneself to understand how the human machine works in weightlifting can be confusing and frustrating. Long scientific definitions with charts and graphs doesn’t always help a coach or athlete learn how to program training more effectively to imp...

January 2, 2017

Most athletes don’t want to invest in their health until pain makes it a priority. I have seen this play out in a number of sports especially weightlifting.  In pursuing a career in weightlifting, it can be a confusing game of what to do and how to do it in order to re...

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