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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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Upper Body Strength for Weightlifting: Silly Myths and Solid Methods
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 16 2015 | Comments

I used to train with a female lifter who couldn’t pick up a frying pan full of hamburger with one hand because her upper body wasn’t strong enough. If she was cooking and she needed to lift a skillet off the stove, she had to use both hands. She also held all the American records in her weight class and made eight or nine World Teams.    Upper body strength in weightlifting is a complex issue. Having strong muscles in your shoulders and arms is obviously important if...... Continue reading
Getting Through a Five-Year Setback
Matt Foreman | General Training | January 26 2015 | Comments (4)

You’ve all heard the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So I’m gonna write approximately 1,000 words about a picture.   These articles on the Catalyst Athletics website are always accompanied by a photo. When Greg posts my articles, he often includes a picture of me cleaning 150 kg in the old Catalyst gym. You can see it right above here. It’s the same picture that’s on the cover of my book Bones of Iron.   I’ve always f...... Continue reading
And That's When the Whores Come In: Weightlifting Behavior
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 29 2014 | Comments (3)

You want to know something I’ve noticed over the last few years since I’ve been writing for Catalyst Athletics? You guys love articles that have lists.   Know what I mean? I’m talking about the articles you read on this website with titles like Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk, 10 Things All Weightlifters Should Know, 7 Steps to Better Coaching and so forth. In other words, the information gets presented like a checklist or ranking order, something like that. You ...... Continue reading
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
Weightlifting Training Frequency for Adults: How Many Days per Week?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 1 2014 | Comments (13)

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 Weightlifting World Championship
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 17 2014 | Comments (3)

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 in the Snatch & Clean: 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 in Weightlifting
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 Weightlifting 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
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