Articles by Matt Foreman



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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Young Weightlifters, Parents, Traps & Long Term Success
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 16 2017 | Comments

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve got some pretty damn talented young weightlifters in the United States right now.   A couple of months ago, I went to the Amer... Continue reading
The Need to Be Patient and Explain Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 5 2017 | Comments

Do you get irritated when people ask you about weightlifting? You’ve all probably had it happen a million times, just like me. People find out you’re a weightlifter, an... Continue reading
Eight Ways to Avoid Getting Shanked by Other Weightlifters
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 12 2016 | Comments (3)

When you’re in an airplane bathroom, there’s usually a little sign right above the sink that says something like, “As a courtesy to other passengers, please clean... Continue reading
Being in Relationships with Weightlifters vs. Non-Weightlifters
Matt Foreman | Editorial | November 17 2016 | Comments (1)

A lot of people are attracted to weightlifters. We’re pretty hot, so we’re often in demand for relationships.   Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to figu... Continue reading
How to Talk Yourself Out Of Making Progress in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 10 2016 | Comments (6)

I seem to be having a lot of conversations lately with new/intermediate lifters who are discouraged because the weights they’re lifting are so far behind the people they&rsqu... Continue reading
Meet Week Training: Your Golden Opportunity to Piss Away Months of Hard Work
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 26 2016 | Comments (4)

Many of you are competitive weightlifters, right? Or maybe you’re getting ready to start competing sometime soon. Or maybe you’re a coach who prepares athletes for comp... Continue reading
When It Might Be Time To NOT Trust Your Weightlifting Coach
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 19 2016 | Comments (1)

God, even the title of this article gives me the heebie-jeebies.  I'm a weightlifting coach, you see. That means I expect my athletes to trust me, all the way. When they t... Continue reading
Foot Movement in the Olympic Lifts: Middle-Top-Middle
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 29 2016 | Comments

You’re all trying to figure out the right way to move your bodies when you perform the Olympic lifts, which very often feels like you’re trying to chip through the pyra... Continue reading
Olympic Weightlifting and Self-Respect… A Very Tricky Relationship
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 1 2016 | Comments (4)

Throughout my years of weightlifting adventure, I’ve met two guys who falsely claimed to be Olympians. Both of them were coaches who were trying to promote themselves by sayi... Continue reading
Hips Forward & Up In The Snatch… You Can’t Be Great Without It
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 18 2016 | Comments (5)

Let’s see if we can improve your snatch technique, shall we?   Most of you are Olympic lifters who are in the beginner/intermediate stages (under 5 years of experience... Continue reading
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