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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The Ugly Rise of Poaching Athletes in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 17 2018 | Comments

Let’s talk about poaching in weightlifting, shall we?  It’s a buzzing topic these days, for sure. In case you don’t know what it is, “poaching&rdquo... Continue reading
The Increasing Non-Enforcement of IWF Rules by Referees
Matt Foreman | Editorial | November 23 2018 | Comments (7)

Okay, let’s get right to the point on this one.   The 2018 IWF World Championship in Turkmenistan just wrapped up last week, and it was an amazing show. Records fell, ... Continue reading
WADA Reinstating Russia = Drug Testing Should Be Eliminated
Matt Foreman | Editorial | October 24 2018 | Comments (8)

You know, there was actually a short moment in time over the last few years when drug-free lifters started to feel like they were going to get an honest shot at fair competition. ... Continue reading
The Benefit of Bad Training
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 26 2018 | Comments

I once read an interview with legendary writer Ernest Hemingway where he was asked, “What is the best early training for writers in their younger years?”  His answer was, “An unhappy childhood.”   Strange answer, but I get i... Continue reading
How To Compete in Weightlifting Meets With 1,000 Lifters
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 30 2018 | Comments

Weightlifting meets look like Woodstock now. The Masters World Championship is getting 900+ entries. The American Open Series 3 meet in Las Vegas has 1,600+ entries. Small local me... Continue reading
Fluke: Mentally Strong Weightlifters Never Use This Word
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 15 2018 | Comments (1)

Most of you are probably too young to remember George Carlin. He was an old-school comedian who did a monologue called “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” It... Continue reading
When Athletes Want to Run the Coach-Athlete Relationship
Matt Foreman | Editorial | July 26 2018 | Comments

Just look at the title of this article. Man… this kind of stuff is major sign-of-the-times territory.   We all know we live in an age where everybody thinks they&rsqu... Continue reading
Should Masters Weightlifters Be Drug Tested?
Matt Foreman | Editorial | July 5 2018 | Comments (6)

I’m writing this article on June 24th, 2018. In two months, the World Masters Weightlifting Championship will take place in Barcelona, Spain. Want to hear something crazy? The organizers of this meet had to cut off the entry deadline a week early because... Continue reading
Your Personal Responsibility to Other Weightlifters
Matt Foreman | Editorial | June 11 2018 | Comments

I’ve trained boxing off and on for a long time. A couple of years ago, I was training at a gym in Phoenix that housed a lot of pro fighters.   There was one guy who st... Continue reading
Elite Athletes Becoming Weightlifting Coaches… Does It Work?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 31 2018 | Comments (2)

Let’s talk about the idea of elite athletes becoming coaches after they’re done with their careers.   It happens frequently, and it makes sense. The transition f... Continue reading
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