The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting
A lot of weightlifters do very well training on their own as garage warriors. There is nothing wrong with that, and I commend everyone who digs deep everyday to grind through a wor... Continue reading
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay, But... Unsolicited Coaching
Here’s a little story for ya…
I competed in my first powerlifting meet when I was fifteen years old. Back then, I was basically a hick from the mountains who came t... Continue reading
A Secret to Becoming Successful in Weightlifting: Your Environment
Peer pressure is real. You will turn into the five people that you spend the most time with. If you have certain goals that you want to accomplish, then you need to surround yourse... Continue reading
Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment
The way you treat the equipment in your gym says a lot about you, not just as an athlete, but as a person. Whether or not you know it, you’re being judged, and if it’s ... Continue reading
Are You a Good Teammate?
I’m going to preface this with the following: I am at most a journeyman weightlifter. I started years ago and I have competed regularly since then; I have done well in some meets and others I have not. You will never see me write about technique because ... Continue reading
Lineage & Legacy in Coaching
Lineage in coaching is a very meaningful idea to me. It’s something I believe is overlooked to a stunning extent in weightlifting—less in the competitive weightlifting community than in the larger community of weightlifting including everyone invol... Continue reading
Tribe defined by Merriam Webster: A group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest.
I remember vividly my first few months of weightlifting. I have lifted weights in some style since high school, but had never dabbled in Olympic lifting... Continue reading
Rookies, Experts & Pimps: Coaching vs Training On Your Own
Those of you who read Performance Menu (i.e., the cool crowd) got a nice treat a few months ago when we published an interview with Christine Girard, the little Canadian weightlift... Continue reading
Diagnose & Prioritize: Training New Weightlifters
Over the years I've developed and refined a process for working with new (to me) lifters. I thought it might be helpful to share these thoughts with those of you interested in ... Continue reading
We Need More Disciplinarians: Coaching Youth Athletes
Do you want to know one of the things I find most pathetic in weightlifting, and sports in general?
It’s when coaches let their best athletes get away with crappy behavior... Continue reading