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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Million-Dollar Bodies & Five-Cent Heads: Mental Strength in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 22 2019 | Comments (1)

There’s nothing more frustrating than a weightlifter with a million-dollar body and a five-cent head.   You know the ones I’m talking about, right? These are the... Continue reading
The Press-out Rule: Weightlifting’s Latest Drama Generator
Matt Foreman | Editorial | April 29 2019 | Comments (1)

The press-out rule has been around forever in weightlifting. It’s one of the fundamental technical rules of the sport, and probably the most prominent one. If you’re a ... Continue reading
Self-Reliance vs. Team Mentality in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 3 2019 | Comments (1)

This article is mainly going to be about getting you to look inside yourself. So I want to start by asking you a question.   Could you go it alone in this sport, if you had ... Continue reading
A Horrible Bottom Position Doesn’t Make You a Lost Weightlifting Cause
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 11 2019 | Comments (1)

The explosion of masters weightlifting in recent years has brought thousands of new competitors to the sport. And many of them are crusty old people with bodies that won’t to... Continue reading
Why Performance is More Important Than Victory
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 4 2019 | Comments

The obsession with winning… In America, it’s part of our sports DNA. If you’ve been an athlete in this country at any point in your life, you’ve heard thos... Continue reading
IWF Rule Changes: Challenge Cards and Feet Touching the Barbell
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 9 2019 | Comments (8)

The International Weightlifting Federation made some rulebook changes recently, and social media has been tittering with conversation about them. There were quite a few changes, bu... Continue reading
The Ugly Rise of Poaching Athletes in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Editorial | December 17 2018 | Comments (2)

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 (8)

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
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