Articles by Bob Takano

Bob Takano is a USA Weightlifting hall of fame coach, and coach of the Phat Elvis weightlifting team in southern California. He is the author of the book Weightlfting Programming: A Winning Coach's Guide. His website is at
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7 Steps to Better Weightlifting Technique Coaching
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | September 1 2014 | Comments

Whenever I present at seminars about coaching weightlifting I always try to emphasize the following seven points in this particular order for those interested in improving their te... Continue reading
More Technique Work In the Jerk
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | March 19 2014 | Comments

This past weekend I attended and coached in the St. Patrick’s Day Weightlifting Championships, an annual event held at Cal State University, Fullerton by LWC chair Danny McDermott. There were well over a hundred lifters, many of them first timers, and as... Continue reading
When Do You Reach Technical Mastery in Weightlifting?
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | March 7 2014 | Comments

Learning proper weightlifting technique is an important subject for so many athletes these days. Not only are many people involved in learning the snatch and clean & jerk, but... Continue reading
Homeostasis: The Basis of Training
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | November 5 2013 | Comments (1)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about protoplasm. I think that periodically it helps to refresh our minds about the medium with which we coaches are working and so I’ve gone ahead and written down some thoughts about how protoplasm works with r... Continue reading
Oh, and Don't Forget... The Bulgarian System
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | October 7 2013 | Comments (1)

I continue to hear about lifters that are fascinated with the Bulgarian method of training, practice it and swear that it is THE WAY to train. I’m speaking about the practice of going up to max singles on every lift every training day. We first heard... Continue reading
Diagnose & Prioritize: Training New Weightlifters
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2013 | Comments (7)

Over the years I've developed and refined a process for working with new (to me) lifters. I thought it might be helpful to share these thoughts with those of you interested in ... Continue reading
Athlete Selection for Weightlifting
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | August 29 2012 | Comments (8)

One of the topics touched upon by national coach Zygmunt Smalcerz was the selection of candidates for the national weightlifting program in Poland. To many readers this may sound like a novel concept since we don’t practice it in this country, and there... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Etiquette
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | July 27 2012 | Comments (11)

Back in the 1980’s one of my most diligent athletes was Mike Regnier, who was not only lifting but working on a neuroscience Ph.D at the same time. In spite of the heavy time demands, Mike rarely missed training sessions. One day he brought his then gi... Continue reading
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