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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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Interview: D’Angelo Osorio
Matt Foreman | Interviews | November 25 2015 | Comments

The United States has had some amazing young athletes over the years. Most people in the sport tend to follow the accomplishments of the current top talent, without understanding much about some of the milestone lifts that have been done in the past. But old grizzlies like me can remember names and records from former generations that shocked the country. Jeff Michels snatched 167.5 as a 100 kilo junior back in 1981. Michael Martin did a 175 C&J in the 77 kilo class when he was 15. Oscar Cha...... Continue reading
A Formula That Measures Your Commitment To Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 16 2015 | Comments

What kind of questions do you ask yourself when your training starts to go bad? Where do you look for answers?   You might have read what I just wrote and said to yourself, “My training doesn’t go bad. It’s always great!” That’s splendid, congratulations. You’ve obviously just started weightlifting.   For those of you with experience, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Those time periods when everything just starts to… suck. Te...... Continue reading
Interview: Caleb Williams
Matt Foreman | Interviews | November 11 2015 | Comments (1)

When you become a competitive athlete in any sport, it's very difficult to make it to the top of the mountain. Winning a national championship, breaking records, or maybe even winning a world takes a phenomenal amount of talent and hard work to make these things happen. Most athletes never reach these kinds of heights.   Caleb Williams has achieved these two different sports. Starting as a powerlifter, Caleb established himself as one of the best in the world...... Continue reading
Interview: Caine Wilkes
Matt Foreman | Interviews | October 28 2015 | Comments (1)

400 kilos is a lot of weight. It’s 881 pounds. Totaling 400 kilos in an Olympic weightlifting competition is extremely hard to do. How close are you to this number, personally? You’re probably a long ways away. Don’t feel bad about it. Only seven American weightlifters in the history of the sport have achieved this result.   Caine Wilkes is very close to becoming the next one. For those of you who haven’t been following American Olympic lifting results for the pas...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Talent & Craziness: Are ALL The Good Ones Nuts?
Matt Foreman | General Training | October 26 2015 | Comments (1)

Does high performance go hand-in-hand with having a difficult personality? Seriously, think about all the famous names you’ve heard about, people who have incredible talents and abilities… and messy personal lives.   I’m making a mental list of my favorite writers, musicians, artists, etc. Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh, Amy Winehouse, Eugene O’Neill, etc. These are people with unimaginable creative capabilities, and they all have brutal track re...... Continue reading
Interview: Kelly Rexroad Williams
Matt Foreman | Interviews | October 14 2015 | Comments

Mileage counts for a lot in weightlifting. Those of you who read this magazine have varying levels of time and experience as strength athletes. Some of you just started training recently, others have been banging away for a few years, and a few of you have likely done enough in the sport to be considered veterans. When you’ve been a weightlifter for a long time (especially when you’ve been actively competitive at a high level), it changes who you are. There are times when ...... Continue reading
Clean and Jerk Technique: The Pop-and-Adjust…When, Why, and How
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 12 2015 | Comments (1)

Somebody asked me recently if it’s hard to keep finding weightlifting topics to write about, now that I’ve been putting out articles for a long time and I’ve covered a lot of ground.   The answer is no. I never run out of ideas, and it’s not because I’m a genius. It’s because I probably have fifty conversations per week about weightlifting. When you’re constantly thinking and talking about the sport, it’s pretty easy to come up with stuff to...... Continue reading
Snatch and Clean: Shift Your Torso Vertical, Legs Under the Bar
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 21 2015 | Comments (4)

Remember when you first saw the snatch and clean and jerk performed by Olympic weightlifters? And I’m talking about REAL weightlifters… athletes with an advanced level of skill, possibly even championship-level studs. Blew your mind, right?   The first thing you noticed was how fast they were. And then you noticed how they all seemed to drive their hips into the barbell as it passed their waist and they accelerated the pulling movement overhead. That “driving the hips i...... Continue reading
Why Weightlifters Should Front Squat With a Closed Fist Instead of Two Fingers
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 7 2015 | Comments (4)

Question: If you’re an Olympic weightlifter, why do you include front squats in your training?   Answer: You include front squats in your training to improve your performance in the clean and jerk.   Got it?   Now…here’s something you need to know. Front squats are important for two main reasons:   1)    They improve the athlete’s leg strength.   2)    They improve the athlete’s torso posture and uppe...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Pull Technique: Knees Back vs. Push Up
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 31 2015 | Comments (3)

Now that weightlifting has progressed to the point where people are overanalyzing pulling technique like they’re trying to split the atom with an animal cracker, I think we need a simple look at a simple difference in lifting styles that should lead us to a simple conclusion. And after we’re finished, we can sit back and watch while it gets kicked to death by the internet hordes.   Here’s a video for you to watch. The lifter is Kim Tuan Thach from Vietnam, one of the top...... Continue reading
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