About Susan Friend

Susan Friend is a weightlifter, coach, and weightlifting enthusiast. Susan has participated in both the U.S. and German weightlifting systems, along with her son, Hutch, who holds four U.S. Youth National Championship titles and one German Youth National Championship title.

New Predictions for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

In early October, we made predictions for who would represent the United States at the Youth Olympic Games in Who will Go to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games? At the time of these predictions, however, only one of the three qualifying events had occurred.  Now, after the second qualifying event--the Pan American Youth Championships in Columbia (October [...]

By | 2017-12-09T07:22:25+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition|

Taking C.J. to Worlds

C.J. Cummings followed his older sister into the weightlifting gym when he was barely able to walk.  When he was 10, C.J. began lifting alongside his 11-year old brother, Omar. Now, at 17-years old C.J. is the number-one ranked male weightlifter in the United States traveling to his second senior world championship competition. I caught [...]

By | 2017-11-28T14:44:16+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

How Much Protein Do Youth Weightlifters Need?

All weightlifters want to build more muscle, and building muscle requires protein. But just how much protein is appropriate for a youth weightlifter? According to Dr. Mark Lavallee, Chairman of the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society, youth weightlifters should consume each day: 1 to 2 Grams of Protein per Kilogram of Lean Body Mass Lean [...]

By | 2017-11-26T22:58:03+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Health Mistakes Youth Weightlifters Make

Do you get injured often?  Are you struggling to make new gains?  Do you just want an edge over the competition? I spoke recently with Dr. Mark Lavallee, Chairman of the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society, about health mistakes youth weightlifters make. Boost your performance by fixing these mistakes! Mistake #1: Not Enough Sleep Did [...]

By | 2017-11-14T23:00:32+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

Cultivating New Talent

C.J. Cummings' coach, Ray Jones, shares his formula for identifying and creating successful youth lifters. Step 1: Assess Commitment For two weeks, Coach Jones limits his new athletes to bodyweight and core exercises. This period is all about attendance. Teaching weightlifting technique is time consuming, and Jones wants to invest his efforts into athletes who [...]

By | 2017-11-01T20:27:17+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Coaches Resources|

USA Weightlifting’s New Athlete Development Sites

On October 16, 2017, USA Weightlifting (USAW) announced 13 Athlete Development Sites located in the West and Southeast United States.  The announcement of these sites raised a number of questions: What will the sites be used for? Who can attend events at the sites? What kinds of events will be hosted at the sites? How [...]

By | 2017-10-24T17:56:38+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Umm . . . We don’t DO that

"Today we will be doing panda pulls before the snatch and clean & jerk exercises," explained Coach Ed, head coach of the Guam national team.  Coach Ed continued talking, but my mind was consumed with getting out of the panda pulls. Our family recently moved to Guam, and my son, Hutch, and I are trying [...]

By | 2017-11-04T00:13:04+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Athlete Resources, Training|

7 Solutions for Youth Weightlifting Programs

All weightlifting programs face certain challenges, such as making enough money to keep the gym open, attracting new members, and raising funds to travel to competitions. Youth weightlifting programs, however, face special challenges.  For instance, most youth weightlifters don’t have their own money or transportation.  Many youth lifters do not practice good nutrition and some [...]

By | 2017-10-17T21:44:24+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Coaches Resources|

Who will go to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of the sport of weightlifting.  It is the opportunity for weightlifters to own a piece of glory, to forever commemorate their dedication to the sport.  Being an Olympian is the most exclusive title within the sport.  Plenty of weightlifters can claim participation in world championship events, but very few [...]

By | 2017-10-08T01:39:46+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition, Parent Resources|