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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Failing Drug Tests Because of Tainted Supplements and Pre-Workout Drinks
Matt Foreman | Nutrition | April 18 2018 | Comments (1)

Most of you probably know about this topic just from the title. It’s nothing new, by the way. People have been getting popped on drug tests for supplements and drinks for a l... Continue reading
A Potential Problem With Pulling Blocks
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 12 2018 | Comments

Training from the blocks in Olympic weightlifting is always an interesting subject. I’ve seen lots of different philosophies on them. Some lifters never use blocks and don’t even have a set in their gym. Others use them all the time and love them. ... Continue reading
Quitting Weightlifting: The Right Way and The Wrong Way
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 19 2018 | Comments

Where’s your lifting at right now? Going great? On a rampage? Or are you struggling, pissed off because of bad training or competition?   Anybody thinking about quitti... Continue reading
Weightlifting Strategies for Moving From Roadblock Stage to Breakthrough Stage
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 12 2018 | Comments

During the first few years of a weightlifter’s career, everything is mostly going in an upward direction. Sure, there are little knockdowns and plateaus, but they’re us... Continue reading
Working With High-Maintenance Athletes
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 19 2018 | Comments

Some athletes are really easy to coach. You give them a job to do, they get it done, and everything works the way it’s supposed to. They make your life stress-free and your coaching fun.   And then we’ve got the other kind. (If you’ve ... Continue reading
The Coaching Difficulties of the New Generation
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 14 2018 | Comments

The coaching business has been changing a lot over the last 20 years. I’m not talking specifically about the actual nuts-and-bolts work coaches do to train their athletes. I&... Continue reading
Does Weightlifting Attract Hardcore Personalities… Or Develop Them?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 29 2018 | Comments

I’ve been wondering about this question for years. Still haven’t completely figured out the answer. Actually, it should be “Do Strength Sports Attract Hardcore Pe... Continue reading
Lessons from a Legend’s Life: Mario Martinez
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 16 2018 | Comments (3)

Today is January 15, 2018, and I’m writing this because I found out this morning that Mario Martinez died yesterday at the age of 60.   Many of you are newer-generatio... Continue reading
Work to Control Your Mind… Not Your Environment
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 15 2018 | Comments (8)

A while back, Greg wrote an article about the garage mentality in weightlifting. When I read it, lots of little pops and clicks started going off in my brain. So I decided to follo... Continue reading
Strategies for Becoming a Control Freak: A Necessity in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 1 2018 | Comments

I’m going to get to the point of this one in a roundabout way, so just hang with me for a second.   For those of you who don’t know, I’m a rabid boxing fan... Continue reading
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