Stop and Smell the Chalk
Those of you who are reading this are probably now or have been in your life pretty passionate about Olympic lifting. I want you to stop and think about this chapter in your life; for some it will be quick and for others it might very well be a lifetime.
We... Continue reading
Lifting for Revenge
Alternative teeny rock isn’t my number-one choice of music, but there are a few songs in the genre that I dig. One of them is “Misery Business” by the band Paramore. The lyrics were written by their lead singer, a little peach named Hayley Wi... Continue reading
Where Our Work Ethic Comes From
We all probably realize that work ethic is one of the most essential qualities a weightlifter can have. When you’re really pushing the limits of your ability in this sport, the physical challenges are beyond almost any other type of activity you’ll... Continue reading
Tighten up the Bar, Lifter Will Repeat
Just about 6 years ago I entered my first weightlifting meet. I had been Olympic lifting for about 4 months and wanted to get into a meet before I took off for Iraq for the next 7 months. So there was a group traveling from San Diego up to San Francisco for th... Continue reading
Risks, Decisions, and Courage
This one might not grab you right at the beginning. But if you stay with me until the end, I promise we’ll get something good out of it.
If you’ve read some of my other stuff, you know I’m a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I don’t know if a... Continue reading
Where Have All The PRs Gone?
“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves—to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” - Unknown
Do you know what weightlifting is? It is the worst bitch you could ever encount... Continue reading
What do you do when the thing you thought you loved is actually making you miserable? You find the reason. You have a good way of lying to yourself… I think that is where the old saying came from: your heart wants one thing but your mind wants anoth... Continue reading
Positive Thinking and Other Crap Like That
Ever have one of those moments that just makes your whole mood sour and pissy?
I had one at the 2000 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. I was standing in the warm-up room, watching the best lifters in the country getting ready for battle. It was pretty hardcore... Continue reading
High School Kids Aren't All Idiots: Overcoming Fear
Man...it never ceases to amaze me how I seem to hear some of the smartest, deepest ideas from some of the most unlikely people.
I'm a high school Englis... Continue reading
Mensticular Fortitude: Dedication and Focus for Athletes
Weightlifting is a very mental sport and success can be dependent on focus and attitude to remarkable degrees. Mental and testicular (or ovarian, if you prefer) fortitude is impera... Continue reading