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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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Using Complexes: When, How, and Why
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 11 2015 | Comments

This article is going to be plain vanilla. No stories, motivational ideas, or team building strategies in here. Nope, this one is just a straightforward article about how to add complexes into your training.   Back in the late 80s, a Romanian coach named Istvan Javorek came to the United States and got a job working as a strength coach at Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Javorek was a big believer in complexes, which are barbell exercises that combine multiple movements into th...... Continue reading
PAIN: The Kind That Goes Away, and the Kind That Doesn’t
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 27 2015 | Comments

When I was in my 20s, I had a lot of roommates. You remember those years, right? It’s when you’re young, going to school, living in crappy rental houses and apartments and looking for anybody you can tolerate who’ll split the bills with you.   Because these were the years when I was coming up in weightlifting, many of my roommates were lifters who were living the same life I was. Want to hear a little story about one of them? About once a month, I would wake up in the mi...... Continue reading
The Jerk Technique Nobody Talks About
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 30 2015 | Comments

This article is about the jerk, so let’s get right down to business.   Most of you probably understand the dip-drive phase of the jerk is the primary key to success in the movement. I’m talking about the time when the lifter has completed the clean, stands with the bar on the shoulders, and then bends the knees to initiate the downward dip and then upward drive with the legs. This is a deal-breaker phase of the lift. If you can’t get it right, you won’t be an effec...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Technique Problems: When You’ve Tried Everything & Nothing Works
Matt Foreman | Editorial | March 16 2015 | Comments

One of the fun things about working in a high school is going to other classrooms and seeing the stuff teachers put on their walls. You're almost guaranteed to see a lot of posters with motivational slogans on them. Teachers want kids to feel pumped up about life, so they plaster their rooms with positive little messages.    There's one inspirational quote I've seen a million times. You've probably seen it too. It's the one that says, "If you can DREAM it, you can ACHIEVE it!&qu...... Continue reading
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

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

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

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

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
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