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
Motivation, Inspiration and Stabbing: 5 Steps to Being a Good Motivator
I want you to think of someone who’s a good motivator.
Know what I mean? This has to be somebody with a really strong ability to get you fired up, feeling positive and rea... Continue reading
How To Coach Women in Weightlifting
Okay, does anybody want some useful little tidbits about coaching women? I hope so, because I’ve got plenty of them. And before you start flinching, this isn’t designed to be one of my sarcastic funny posts. I’ve actually got legit things to ... Continue reading
A Quick Thought About Coaching People Who Think They Suck
Several years ago, I was hanging out in the warm-up room at a meet, chatting with a guy who was a two-time Olympian. Neither of us were competing in this contest, so we were just r... Continue reading
Athlete Selection for Weightlifting
One of the topics touched upon by national coach Zygmunt Smalcerz was the selection of candidates for the national weightlifting program in Poland. To many readers this may sound like a novel concept since we don’t practice it in this country, and there ... Continue reading
Keeping Your Gym Environment Strong
When you’re a coach, one of your responsibilities is protecting your gym’s mojo.
What the heck am I talking about? Let me explain. First, we have to understand what “mojo” is. The mojo in your gym is a collective feeling of teamwork,... Continue reading