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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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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 (3)

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
How To Be A Better Competition Weightlifter
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 10 2015 | Comments (3)

As I’m writing this, it’s August 3rd 2015.   You know why that date is significant? Because some of the most important Olympic weightlifting competitions in the United States are coming up within the next couple of weeks. From August 9-13, the IWF Masters World Cup is being held in Dallas, Texas. This is the biggest meet in the world for master athletes (35 and over). Immediately following this barn burner, the US National Championships are happening, also right in Dallas. We&...... Continue reading
Learning About Real Weightlifting From A Real Weightlifter
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 27 2015 | Comments (4)

Let me say right from the beginning that this article has a bit of an odd twist to it. I’m writing it about a specific weightlifter, but it’s not an interview or something like that. Actually, this gal doesn’t even know I’m writing this about her. I guess it’ll be a little surprise when she sees it.   This is about a Catalyst Athletics weightlifter named Alyssa Sulay. Those of you who geek out on the Catalyst training videos probably recognize that name, beca...... Continue reading
Your Phone Is Helping & Hurting Your Weightlifting Technique
Matt Foreman | Editorial | July 13 2015 | Comments (5)

Believe it or not, I’m gonna show you how your iPhone is connected to your snatch technique problems. You don’t believe me? Fine, keep reading   Your iPhone (or Android or whatever you have) is incredible. Just think for a second about how much stuff it can do. You can talk to people, text people (which is more fun than talking to them), take pictures, record videos, watch YouTube, listen to music, read books, access the internet, and hundreds of other wackadoo functions that ...... Continue reading
Your Weightlifting Behavior on the Internet
Matt Foreman | Editorial | June 29 2015 | Comments (1)

I’m on Facebook quite a bit, and I’m friends with hundreds of weightlifters. This means a lot of lifting videos pop up on my home page every day. People post videos of the big lifts they do in competition, or the gym, etc. Many of you are on FB or Instagram, so you probably see plenty of these too, right?   I like watching them, even if they’re not from big national or international athletes. Deep down inside, I’m a weightlifting fan. I probably check out the vast ...... Continue reading
When Great Preparation Produces Lousy Training
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 15 2015 | Comments (3)

Once again, my telepathic powers are working in turbo overdrive, because I know what many of you spend a lot of time thinking about.   You put a lot of time and effort into making sure your body is primed and ready for training on a daily basis. I’m specifically talking about how we all try to take care of the various things that can make or break us when we come to the gym and attack the barbell throughout the week. Know what I mean? Things like: Getting a healthy amount of ...... Continue reading
How Athletes Become Like Their Coaches: Leadership & Gym Atmosphere
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 25 2015 | Comments (2)

If you’re an athlete, you’re looking for information that will improve your training. If you’re a coach, you’re looking for information that will improve your program and the way you develop your athletes.   Can we all agree that your daily attitude in the gym is hugely important to your success as both an athlete and coach? I hope so. Programming, technique, etc… Those things are the foundations of your weightlifting life. But the 27 years I’ve spent ...... Continue reading
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