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Where Our Work Ethic Comes From, Matt Foreman
Where Our Work Ethic Comes From
Matt Foreman  |  June 4 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We all probably realize that work ethic is one of the most essential qualities a weightlifter can have. When you’re really pushing the limits of your ability in this sport, the physical challenges are beyond almost any other type of activity you’ll ever attempt. If you’re not a hard worker, you don’t have a prayer. I think we learn our work ethic as we grow up. Some of us learn to be hard workers because we come from parents who did it all their lives and, when we bec......
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh, Matt Foreman
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh
Matt Foreman  |  May 22 2012  |  General Training
I once broke up with a girlfriend because I had a bad squat workout. Seriously, I did. I was around twenty at the time, dating this saucy little redhead. We were having a lot of fun for a few months, baking brownies and playing Uno, all the cool stuff you do when you’re going out with somebody at that age. Then one day I went to the gym and my front squats folded me like a card table. I was convinced that my girlfriend was making me soft, that my legs were getting weak from too much Uno......
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older, Matt Foreman
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older
Matt Foreman  |  May 15 2012  |  General Training
How many of you have seen a movie called Vision Quest? It’s a 1985 flick about a high school wrestler who wants to make his mark in life by accomplishing something huge, so he decides to drop two weight classes and challenge the toughest undefeated grappler in the state. Along the way, he falls in love for the first time and has to weave through all the confusion and frustration that go along with that. It’s a fantastic story about being young, about searching for a direction to go w......
Training with Pain, It's Such a Happy Thing, Matt Foreman
Training with Pain, It's Such a Happy Thing
Matt Foreman  |  May 7 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A neat little motivational motto has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s the one that says, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” You’ve seen it, right? It’s all over t-shirts, gym posters, etc. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” Let’s analyze this. None of us want weakness in our bodies, right? That’s affirmative, captain. So, when weakness leaves our bodies, it’s a good thing. Apparently, it’s a moment of purif......
Risks, Decisions, and Courage, Matt Foreman
Risks, Decisions, and Courage
Matt Foreman  |  April 26 2012  |  General Training
This one might not grab you right at the beginning. But if you stay with me until the end, I promise we’ll get something good out of it. If you’ve read some of my other stuff, you know I’m a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I don’t know if any of you have interest in him or his works, but I’ve been reading him for years and I’ve also learned quite a bit about his life. As we know, he’s generally regarded as one of the best authors in history. But aside from ......
The Mental Switch, Matt Foreman
The Mental Switch
Matt Foreman  |  April 18 2012  |  General Training
All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too. Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, right? Well, a mental switch is in your brain. When you flip it, your mind goes to a state of perfect concentration, intensity, and confidence. The most experienced athletes usually have really effective, powerful mental switches. They can make themselves internally sharp with a snap of their fingers, just by recog......
Learning Technique Through Imitation, Matt Foreman
Learning Technique Through Imitation
Matt Foreman  |  April 2 2012  |  Ask Greg
Has it ever occurred to you that weightlifting is a monkey-see-monkey-do activity? I’ve thought a lot about this over the years. If there is one thing I’ve become absolutely convinced of, it’s that most athletes learn primarily by imitation. When people are trying a new athletic skill, like a snatch or a clean, the best tool for their learning is to watch that skill being performed correctly by somebody else, and then basically mimic what they’ve seen with ......
Back to the Bottom: Squat Stance in the Snatch and Clean, Matt Foreman
Back to the Bottom: Squat Stance in the Snatch and Clean
Matt Foreman  |  March 20 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
  I went to a weightlifting meet last weekend where almost sixty lifters were competing. It was a huge contest and a very long day, but it was a great one too. As with all local meets, there was a wide range of athletes in attendance. I recognized a few experienced names from recent national championship competitions, and of course there was also a large crowd of newcomers who were still in the early stages of their weightlifting training. As I watched lift after lift, I got......
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume Two, Matt Foreman
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume Two
Matt Foreman  |  March 9 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Have you ever sat down and written out your lifting goals on paper? I think it’s part of being on a hot streak. When your lifts are going through the roof, you start to think about how much progress you’re going to make in the future months based on what you’ve done recently. So you plan out a month-to-month max out schedule, or maybe you plan out a whole year of meets if you’re a competitive lifter. You write a timetable where you’re going ......
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume One, Matt Foreman
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume One
Matt Foreman  |  February 28 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let’s talk about “hot streaks.”   Plainly stated, a hot streak is a time period where you’re making major progress. Training is basically perfect, competitions are huge successes, and personal records are falling like Irishmen on payday. It’s a phase you hit where you’re just kicking serious ass, plain and simple. You’re en fuego!   Both athletes and coaches have hot streaks from time to time. As an athlete, it’s p......
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