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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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The Rip-Dive-Crash Technique… And Why It Will Kill You
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 8 2016 | Comments

This is a technique article, and many of you need this input pretty bad. So I’m gonna get right to the point. No stories or jokes to set the mood.   Many of you have rough technique. We know this, right? You’re not stupid or worthless or anything, and I’m not insulting you. You’re developing weightlifters, and straightening out your technique on the road to making it perfect is a process that takes years. During those years, you have plenty of time periods where yo...... Continue reading
Interview: James Tatum
Matt Foreman | Interviews | January 20 2016 | Comments

“That guy with the beard looks pretty good.” That’s what I said the first time I saw James Tatum compete. It was at the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, I believe. This was the time period when the Great USAW CrossFit Population Explosion, as it will be known in the history books, started to kick into overdrive. I saw a bald guy with a wicked beard competing in the 77 kg class and I was pretty impressed because I hadn’t really heard of him before, but he was hitting so...... Continue reading
When Weightlifting Goes From PR City to Daily Grind… And How To Survive It
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 18 2016 | Comments

Some of you are married, right? Some of you aren’t married, but you’re in a relationship, right? Some of you aren’t in a relationship, but you’ve been in one before, right?   I’m asking these questions because it’ll help you understand this article if you’ve at least had some experience in a somewhat long-term relationship with somebody. If you’ve never been in any kind of relationship… for God’s sake, quit reading this and go f...... Continue reading
Interview: Carissa Gordon Gump
Matt Foreman | Interviews | January 6 2016 | Comments

We all love those touching stories about athletes who start at the bottom and then go all the way to the top, right? You know the ones I’m talking about. A young kid wanders into a gym one day and learns about a sport. Then years go by as the kid trains hard, competes, and moves up the ladder towards the big time (emotional motivation music playing in the background). One day, the kid finally reaches the pinnacle and makes the Olympic Team. It’s heartwarming. A journey like this is o...... Continue reading
Why American Weightlifting Coaches Are As Good As Anybody
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 4 2016 | Comments (3)

I’ll openly admit right from the beginning that I’m not sure if this article is going to strike a chord with all of you. I hope it will, because it’s an important subject and I’ve definitely got some things to say about it. But I’m not sure where it’ll catch on regarding you and your lifting. Let’s take a shot at it and see how it goes.      The 2015 World Weightlifting Championships happened a couple of weeks ago in Houston. It was...... Continue reading
The Top 4 Problems With Your Weightlifting Program
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 28 2015 | Comments (2)

“Which training program should I be following?”   “Can you take a look at my program and tell me if it looks okay?”   “How many times a week should I be squatting?”   “What’s the perfect number of days per week for my program?”   I hear these questions…a lot. There are thousands and thousands of weightlifters in action these days, and many of them are working on their own, trying to figure the sport out with...... Continue reading
Interview: Kara Doherty
Matt Foreman | Interviews | December 23 2015 | Comments (1)

These days, it’s much easier than it used to be if you’re an Olympic lifter and you’re looking for a place to train. Because of the CrossFit explosion that’s happened over the last ten years, most cities in this country (and other countries) have multiple gyms where athletes have access to platforms, bumper plates, and bars. All you have to do is pick a CrossFit box gym, and you’ve got your weightlifting home. Many people don’t realize that it wasn’t alw...... Continue reading
Bad Performances Produce Good Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 14 2015 | Comments (2)

I want to tell you a little story about something that happened in my weightlifting career a long time ago. I can apply it to every single one of you and it’ll help you make your own careers better, so you better friggin read it.   I bombed out of the American Open two years in a row, 1994 and 1995. Not too many people know that. Those of you in the US lifting community know about the Open. For those of you who are overseas and don’t know about the American weightlifting scene...... Continue reading
Interview: Travis Cooper
Matt Foreman | Interviews | December 9 2015 | Comments

A young kid plays sports in high school. At some point, his coaches introduce him to weight training and he learns that it will make him a better athlete. Over time, his skills in the weight room begin to excel. When he graduates from high school, he doesn’t have many lucrative future offers in mainstream sports, so he decides to pursue competitive Olympic weightlifting. This is the blueprint beginning for many of America’s top weightlifters. If this kid lived in Russia or China, ...... Continue reading
Lousy Training Right Before Weightlifting Competition
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 30 2015 | Comments (2)

Most of us like it when things run smoothly.   As we get older, I think we develop a lower tolerance for bullcrap. Our patience level goes down and we get miffed when we have to deal with bad service, stupid people, careless mistakes, and…stupid people.   This is especially true in situations where the stakes are high, know what I mean? Sure, we get irritated whenever something screwy messes up our normal, ordinary routine. But if anything goes wrong with our important stuff...... Continue reading
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