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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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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
Using Complexes: When, How, and Why
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 11 2015 | Comments (3)

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 (1)

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 (7)

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
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