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Why I Train With My Garage Door Open, Matt Foreman
Why I Train With My Garage Door Open
Matt Foreman  |  March 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve been training in my garage a lot over the last couple of years. I built a platform in there two summers ago, which is something I used to think I would never do. All throughout my career, I’ve really enjoyed “going to the gym” to train, which means leaving home and driving someplace else to lift with other people. I never used to think I would like working out at home by myself, but I do. I like it a lot. When I’m in my garage getting my swole on, I li......
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But..., Matt Foreman
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But...
Matt Foreman  |  February 24 2014  |  General Training
Here’s a little story for ya… I competed in my first powerlifting meet when I was fifteen years old. Back then, I was basically a hick from the mountains who came to the city to lift against the big boys. I never had any coaching or instruction. Hell, I taught myself to lift from looking at pictures in magazines and books. I was nervous as hell before the meet, so I was pacing around the warm-up room all morning as the start time approached. There was a guy at this meet ......
We All Go To The Same Therapist, Matt Foreman
We All Go To The Same Therapist
Matt Foreman  |  February 5 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Therapy is really popular these days, have you noticed that? People spend a lot of time and money going to psychiatrists and counselors. They’ve got some mental/emotional/personality issues they need to get straightened out, so they seek professional help. I’ve never gone to therapy. I don’t need to, because I have absolutely no problems. Unless you count overwhelming charm and physical magnetism as problems, which I don’t. If those things are bad, then somebody......
A Different Way to Set Squat and Deadlift PRs, Matt Foreman
A Different Way to Set Squat and Deadlift PRs
Matt Foreman  |  January 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m gonna kill two birds with one stone in this article. Lately, several people have been asking me questions about a training topic that I’ve mentioned briefly in conversations, Facebook posts, etc. I’ve been promising these people that I would give them some ideas and input through e-mail or phone calls. But since I have about 23 minutes of free time each week, I haven’t followed through. These people are probably all thinking I’m a butthole because I’m ......
Morons, Cheap Beer & Thinking Too Much, Matt Foreman
Morons, Cheap Beer & Thinking Too Much
Matt Foreman  |  January 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I think we can all agree that it’s not cool to make fun of people who are mentally handicapped, right? That’s probably a safe assumption. Ridiculing someone who has a learning disability is really rude and crappy. Actually, I’m not even sure “mentally handicapped” is still the politically correct way to say it. The terminology has changed a lot over time. Have you noticed that? When I was a kid, you were supposed to use the word “retarded” when......
A Mental Problem Many of You Have, Matt Foreman
A Mental Problem Many of You Have
Matt Foreman  |  December 23 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You probably don’t know this, but I have a weird combination of telepathic powers. It’s kind of like a blend of clairvoyance and extra-sensory perception. I can see into the minds of weightlifters and understand exactly what they’re thinking before they even say it out loud. You remember Carrie, right? That freaky chick from the 70s horror flick? She could light stuff on fire just by thinking about it. I can’t quite do that, which is probably a good thing. A fe......
Battling Back, Matt Foreman
Battling Back
Matt Foreman  |  December 9 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The American Open was this past weekend. It’s the biggest Olympic weightlifting competition in the United States. Almost five hundred of the best lifters in the country traveled to Dallas to rock and roll. One of my athletes had a challenging day on the platform. In the snatch, she made her opener of 64 kilos (140 lbs) and then missed her next two attempts. Her best official snatch is 70 kilos (154 lbs), so that means she went to the biggest meet of her life and lifted 14 lbs below her ......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.3, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.3
Matt Foreman  |  November 25 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This will be the last installment in this little three-part technique problem series I’m doing. The issue I’m going to address here is something I’ve been noticing for a very long time, and it’s spreading. Weightlifting newbies are constantly being infected with it. New victims are popping up all over the place, like zombies in "The Walking Dead." We’ve gotta do something about this, before we all get overrun. Actually, we’re talking about a combi......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.2, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.2
Matt Foreman  |  November 12 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Okay, it’s time for the sequel. A couple of weeks ago, I started a three-part series of blogs about technique problems that are running rampant with new lifters these days. The first one was about the deliberate slow pull from the floor. This one is about the jerk. Big surprise, right? The jerk is a nemesis for a lot of you. You spend all day cleaning big weights and then watching them crash down to the platform when you try to stick them overhead. When it first started, it was frustrat......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A LOT These Days, Pt.1, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A LOT These Days, Pt.1
Matt Foreman  |  October 28 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Believe it or not, I hate writing about weightlifting technique. No matter what you say, somebody is going to disagree or challenge it. Even if you write one of the most basic, universally understood ideas in weightlifting, it’ll still get second-guessed by some keyboard legend. I could write "To win weightlifting competitions, you have to lift more weight than your competitors" and some numbnuts would tell me I was wrong. This gets annoying. But I'm gonna write about techniqu......
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