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Matt Foreman is the football and track & field coach at Mountain View High School in Phoenix, AZ. A competitive weightliter for twenty years, Foreman is a four-time National Championship bronze medalist, two-time American Open silver medalist, three-time American Open bronze medalist, two-time National Collegiate Champion, 2004 US Olympic Trials competitor, 2000 World University Championship Team USA competitor, and Arizona and Washington state record-holder. He was also First Team All-Region high school football player, lettered in high school wrestling and track, a high school national powerlifting champion, and a Scottish Highland Games competitor. Foreman has coached multiple regional, state, and national champions in track & field, powerlifting, and weightlifting, and was an assistant coach on 5A Arizona state runner-up football and track teams. He is the author of the books Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 & Beyond and Bones of Iron: Collected Articles on the Life of the Strength Athlete.
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Going From Level 3 to Level 7: Athlete & Coach Ability
Matt Foreman | General Training | December 16 2014 | Comments

Let me tell you one of the best things I know about coaching and athlete performance.   First of all, good coaching is important. If you’ve got an athlete (or an entire program) that’s stuck in a hole, inserting a good coach into the equation can change the whole landscape. Athletes can go from mediocrity to ass-kicking in a big hurry if they have the right leadership. Alexander the Great once said, “I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. But I do fea...... Continue reading
Training Frequency for Adults: How Many Days per Week?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 1 2014 | Comments (12)

I had a revelation the other day.   I was sitting on my couch, curled up in a blanket and sipping cocoa while I stroked my cat, when something pretty important occurred to me. Want to know what it was?   Many of you probably fall into two groups: Adult lifters who are training on your own Coaches who work with adult lifters In both of these cases, you’re in a position where you’re in charge of designing your own training programs.   You search the ...... Continue reading
What You SHOULD Be Learning From the World Championship
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 17 2014 | Comments (2)

I’m writing this article as the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships are coming to an end. For the last week, we’ve been watching the best lifters on the planet break world records and battle for medals. The internet has been on fire with videos of these hellacious performances.  The competitive excitement has been blowing our minds. You get the point. Basically, the weightlifting community has spent the last week with an erection bigger than the Burj Khali...... Continue reading
Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 3 2014 | Comments

There’s a right time for almost everything. There’s a time for peace, and a time for war. There’s a time for pizza, and a time for vegetables. There’s a time for celibacy, and a time for festive fornication.   In your weightlifting life, there’s a time for tunnel vision, and a time for training ADD.   Let me give you the definitions of those terms so you know what the hell I’m talking about.   Tunnel vision: This is a phase of your trainin...... Continue reading
Your Arms Are Like Ropes. True or False?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 20 2014 | Comments (4)

“Your arms are like ropes.”   I don’t remember the first time I heard this, but I know it was right in the beginning when I was learning the OLifts. I’ve continued to hear it (and use it) throughout my career.   In case you’ve never heard anybody say this, it’s a technical cue that’s intended to reduce premature arm pull in the snatch or clean. As you already know, weightlifters are supposed to use their legs, hips, back and shoul...... Continue reading
(Over) Analyzing & (Over) Coaching
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 29 2014 | Comments

I think I’ll get straight to the point with this one. We’re going to take a look at coaches and athletes who overanalyze every lift. Ooohhh, I bet I’m hitting close to home with this subject. We’ve got some guilty parties out there, right? Some of you are lifters, and you pick apart every single rep you perform. Every time you do a snatch, clean, jerk, etc., you find six things you did wrong. You jumped forward a little, you didn’t finish your pull, you d...... Continue reading
The 80% - 90% Gap Program
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 15 2014 | Comments (6)

I know what you want.   Seriously, I do. I’m using my telepathic powers again. I can see inside your noggin.   You want some new training ideas.   Was I right? (you’re all nodding your heads) Yeah, I knew it.   Okay, I’m gonna give you a program you probably haven’t heard of. Maybe you’ll give it a whirl someday, either using it yourself or with the athletes you coach.   I call this the “80-90% Gap” program. Let me expl...... Continue reading
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 3 2014 | Comments (4)

How many of you have heard of an old Soviet weightlifter named Yuri Zakharevich? Probably not many, I’m guessing. He’s one of the greatest in history, but his prime was in the 80s. So he’s before your time, unless you happen to be a veteran or lifting historian. You newbies have never seen anything like Yuri. He lifted like he was sent here from another galaxy. It’s still almost incomprehensible how good this dude was. On March 4th,1983, he snatched 200 kg (440 l...... Continue reading
Squat Cycles and Other Crap That Doesn't Work
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 18 2014 | Comments (10)

Disclaimer: The subject of this article is something I wrote about in my book Bones of Iron. Sometimes I get ideas to write about things I’ve already covered, but I shy away from them because I say, “This was in my book, and I don’t wanna repeat stuff.” Then I remember that not everybody has read my book (which makes absolutely no sense to me), so I feel okay about hitting some previous material.   This is going to be about squats, squat cycles, and how they...... Continue reading
Fixing Droopy Elbows in the Jerk
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 28 2014 | Comments (6)

Droopy elbows in the jerk…it’s often a HUGE problem with beginners.   Let me describe what it is, although many of you probably already have the visual image in your head because you’ve seen it a lot. A lifter has the bar on his/her shoulders, preparing to jerk. The elbows are in an appropriate position and it all looks pretty stable and solid. During the dip phase, the elbows drop. Sometimes it’s a relatively minor drop, they just kinda sag down a ...... Continue reading
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