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.

Preparing for Youth Nationals

After preparing my son for five USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals, I have become an expert—not because I have done so many things right, but because I have done SO. MANY. THINGS. WRONG.  Let me spare you the agony of my mistakes— Daytona Beach.  The mere mention of this city sends shivers down my spine.  Daytona [...]

By |2018-05-22T18:08:46-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Competition, Parent Resources|

Programming for Youth Weightlifters

When it comes to youth weightlifting, the first question people ask is: Is weightlifting safe for children? The next question is: How do you program for youth weightlifters? I answered the safety question in another article.  I have not written on the second question until now, however, because it is complicated. A weightlifting program is [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:14:48-04:00January 9th, 2018|Coaches Resources|

The Mind of an Olympian: An Interview with Hidilyn Diaz

If I had to pick one word to describe three-time Olympian, Hidilyn Diaz, I would choose "gracious."  Hidilyn is visiting Guam for the week, and she agreed to let me interview her before her weightlifting practice.  Unfortunately, I didn't think things through very well, and I ended up conducting the interview while sitting on some [...]

By |2017-12-30T07:36:01-04:00December 30th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

Picking Up Metal: Youth Weightlifting in the Philippines

This is Lovely, an accomplished 13-year old Filipino weightlifter.  She has won numerous championship titles, including the Philippine youth national championship.  Lovely trains with Team Angono six days a week, 2 hours a day.  She is currently on the waiting list for the Philippine national team. This is Lovely's home.            [...]

By |2017-12-20T17:15:54-04:00December 19th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

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 |2017-12-09T07:22:25-04:00December 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 |2017-11-28T14:44:16-04:00November 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 |2017-11-26T22:58:03-04:00November 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 |2017-11-14T23:00:32-04:00November 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 |2017-11-01T20:27:17-04:00November 1st, 2017|Coaches Resources|