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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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A Response to Mike Gray’s Ridiculous Crap About Competing in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 2 2016 | Comments

There have been two or three times when I’ve intentionally written articles with outlandish titles just to see how many internet morons will post half-cocked raging comments about them without actually reading the article. This is obviously one of them.   My buddy Mike Gray wrote an article not too long ago about why everybody should compete in weightlifting. It was a great piece and a lot of people loved it, myself included. It got me thinking, and I decided to write something abo...... Continue reading
Interview: Leo Totten
Matt Foreman | Interviews | March 30 2016 | Comments

Leo Totten has done more for weightlifting in the United States than the vast majority of people involved in the sport. I realize that’s a huge statement to open this interview with, but it’s totally appropriate in this case. Leo started his road in weightlifting as an athlete in the 1970s. After rising to the national level and competing in the 1984 Olympic Trials, he decided to retire from competition. In many ways, his decision to end his athletic career was just the beginning of ...... Continue reading
3 Things That Will Make Weightlifting Coaches Dump Athletes
Matt Foreman | Editorial | March 24 2016 | Comments (4)

Right away, I need to make it clear that the title of this article is just a wee bit misleading. I’m approaching this topic from a personal perspective, so it could have been called 3 Things That Will Make Matt Foreman Dump Athletes. However, I’ve been in this sport for a long time and I’ve known a lot of coaches. Many times, I’ve noticed a common set of philosophies, rules, and beliefs we all apply to the work we do with our lifters. So even though this article is about ...... Continue reading
Interview: Brian Wilhelm
Matt Foreman | Interviews | March 16 2016 | Comments

When I decided to interview Brian Wilhelm, I knew I was going to have to ask him about his father. I almost didn’t want to bring it up, because I’m sure he hears about it constantly. Being an Olympic weightlifter and also being Bruce Wilhelm’s kid can’t be easy. Bruce was a legend in the iron game, and you know damn well his son gets a continuous stream of comparisons, questions, and tedious comments about how he plans to fill his Olympian father’s shoes.  &nb...... Continue reading
The New American Open Totals: Why The #$%! Am I Even Doing This?
Matt Foreman | Editorial | March 7 2016 | Comments (2)

So… the qualifying totals for the American Open were released by USA Weightlifting last week.   As many people predicted, the totals are now significantly higher than they were last year. In case you haven’t followed this situation, let me break it down for you quick and easy. The American Open is the second most important weightlifting meet in the United States (after the National Championship). In 2015, 955 athletes competed in the Open, making it the biggest meet in the hi...... Continue reading
Interview: Samantha Lower
Matt Foreman | Interviews | February 24 2016 | Comments (1)

It’s a lot of fun to hear from weightlifters who have gone through the whole range of experiences in this sport. The excitement of getting started, the great early years when you’re constantly getting better and improving, the plateaus, the injuries, the times when you have to step away for a while, the comebacks, the big moments…all that jazz. Samantha Lower is only 26 years old at the time of this article, which still seems pretty young to a lot of the old crusty asses who r...... Continue reading
Harsh Comments From Weightlifting Coaches…And Why They’re Awesome
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 22 2016 | Comments (4)

Do you have thick skin, or do you get your feelings hurt easily? Think about that for a second. How sensitive are you?   I have pretty thick skin, for the most part. I grew up playing football, and I also coached it for ten years. Football is a great way to develop some hard bark on you. When you play, your coaches will verbally rip you in half. And when you coach, you get to wake up in the morning after a Friday night loss and read about the lousy job you’re doing in the newspaper....... Continue reading
Interview: Ursula Garza Papandrea
Matt Foreman | Interviews | February 10 2016 | Comments

When I set up this interview, it occurred to me that I’ve known Ursula Garza Papandrea throughout my entire weightlifting career. She’s one of the few people I interview who has been in the sport longer than I have. I don’t remember where we met for the first time, but I know we’ve been friends for many years, and it’s a special treat to deliver her story to you.   Ursula came from the first generation of female weightlifters, when things were much different ...... Continue reading
The Rip-Dive-Crash Technique… And Why It Will Kill You
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 8 2016 | Comments (1)

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
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