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Dilemmas of Competition and Retirement, Matt Foreman
Dilemmas of Competition and Retirement
Matt Foreman  |  January 29 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I love it when I read things that get me thinking, because that’s when I get ideas for stuff to write.   One of the recent posts on this blog was from my friend Aimee Anaya Everett Fergie Madonna Spears, and one of the big questions in it was whether or not she wants to continue competing in weightlifting.  Powerful writing with tons of heartfelt honesty, as is always the case with her.  However, I was also really interested in all the comments that followed her blog. ......
Coach, I totally get it now! Coaching Cues, Matt Foreman
Coach, I totally get it now! Coaching Cues
Matt Foreman  |  January 20 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Here’s a weird little phenomenon to think about, because it’s something that works as a blessing for an athlete and an irritation for a coach.    In your time as a lifter, have you ever had a situation where somebody gives you a technical piece of advice that totally makes everything click? This is probably a small suggestion, usually from a random person who isn’t your regular coach, and you feel like the secret of the universe has been unlocked when you hear ......
Maybe They're Not THAT Bad: Personalities in the Gym, Matt Foreman
Maybe They're Not THAT Bad: Personalities in the Gym
Matt Foreman  |  January 11 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m just going to ask you a blunt question, okay? Here it goes.   How often do you have to spend time in the gym with people you don’t like?   Think about the times, present or past, when you have to be around somebody you basically can’t stand. This might be somebody you have to train with as an athlete, somebody you coach, or maybe somebody you have to work with in some other way. Whatever the situation, this person bugs the hell out of you. I hate to ......
A Thank-You and a Warning, Matt Foreman
A Thank-You and a Warning
Matt Foreman  |  December 26 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You don’t do sloppy work at your job, do you?   If you’re an airplane mechanic, you don’t just spray some WD40 on a malfunctioning engine and then say, “That’s all I can do. I hope this sucker holds together.”   If you’re a paramedic, you don’t give an aspirin to a screaming car accident victim and then go sit down to have a sandwich.    If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you don’t lie on your couch and watch soap o......
They'll never take us alive, Matt Foreman
They'll never take us alive
Matt Foreman  |  November 30 2011  |  General Training
Does anybody here ever feel like they suffer from paranoia? I guess before you all start answering yes or no, let’s get an actual definition of what paranoia is. Paranoid thinking is when a person is heavily influenced by the fear that there is some kind of threat against them, and this fear can become so intense that the person becomes delusional. Basically, being paranoid means that you think everybody (or everything) is out to get you. You walk around freaked out because ......
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off, Matt Foreman
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off
Matt Foreman  |  November 15 2011  |  General Training
You all like music, right?   I’m going to assume the answer to that question is yes, and I’ll also wager that you probably like to have music playing when you train. Many of you have probably shopped around on I-Tunes and set up some playlists that are specifically for the gym. You picked music that makes you feel good, the type of stuff that gets your motor running and builds up some energy for your workouts.   I don’t think there’s any question that music ......
Assistance Exercises With Cool Freaky Names, Matt Foreman
Assistance Exercises With Cool Freaky Names
Matt Foreman  |  November 8 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I was inspired by Greg’s recent blog post about the heaving snatch balance. What an idea…doing a quick write-up on a specific exercise instead of training philosophy, etc. Also, I always thought the name “heaving snatch balance” was interesting. I wonder who named it that. Having the word “heaving” attached to a barbell exercise is pretty unique, and it makes me wonder about how many other creative words we can add to the names of lifts.&n......
Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing, Matt Foreman
Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing
Matt Foreman  |  November 2 2011  |  General Training
Remember when you learned about peer pressure for the first time? You were probably in high school, or maybe junior high. A teacher showed you a video where a juvenile delinquent kid with a motorcycle offers drugs to a little straight-laced kid that looks like a church missionary. As the missionary kid tries the drugs for the first time, Inna Gadda Da Vida starts playing in the background and some kind of kaleidoscope effect starts happening on the screen. Three minutes later......
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel, Matt Foreman
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Matt Foreman  |  October 25 2011  |  General Training
MULTI-TASKING!! Everybody knows what this is, right? I’m sure you do, because our society is obsessed with it. We’re all expected to be able to juggle several jobs at the same time, making every one perfect and not showing any fatigue or frazzle. That’s the way of the world nowadays. No wonder you can’t watch TV for more than ten minutes anymore without seeing a commercial for anti-anxiety medication. I think I’m going to officially nam......
Don't let my patella hit you in the face, Matt Foreman
Don't let my patella hit you in the face
Matt Foreman  |  October 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Ouch, that looks like it really hurts your knees!”   If you’re a weightlifter, try to make a mental list of how many times you’ve heard somebody say this to you. Irritating, isn’t it? Civilians have always seemed to have this perception that weightlifting is a bone snapping slaughterhouse where it’s just a matter of time before you jump into the bottom position of a clean and your patella will fire out of your body and shoot across the room. I guess it......
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