Feature Athlete: Seth Tom

Seth Tom is our latest featured athlete!  Seth is a 16-year old weightlifter from San Francisco, California who currently competes in the 55 and 61 kg weight classes.   Seth won the championship title in the 56-kg weight class (16-17 age group) at USA Weightlifting's 2018 Youth Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June 2018. [...]

By | 2018-08-25T09:53:32+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

15 Performance Enhancing Foods

Steroids.  Testosterone.  Human Growth Hormone.  These performance enhancing substances are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when present in the body in high concentrations.  Did you know that you can reap the benefit of these and other performance-enhancing substances, however, in a completely legal--and healthy--way through food? Here are 15 performance enhancing foods to [...]

By | 2018-08-14T21:05:40+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

Mobility Work for Youth Weightlifters

Olympic weightlifting requires more than strength.  It requires mobility, or flexibility through a range of motion.  An athlete with limited mobility can still lift weights, but the athlete cannot reach his full potential as a weightlifter.  For instance, an athlete who struggles to maintain an upright torso in the bottom of a squat can compensate [...]

By | 2018-08-04T01:16:28+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

Always End with a Game

What do kids like?  According to Shiloh Ellis, youth athlete and coach, "Kids like games."  At 12-years old, Shiloh is likely the youngest CrossFit and weightlifting coach in the United States.  Shiloh is so passionate about coaching that he completed a CrossFit Level 1 course and received a special certificate for his efforts.  Shiloh recently [...]

By | 2018-07-22T16:53:33+00:00 July 21st, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

Combatting Perfectionism in Weightlifting

I recently observed an athlete perform 20 power jerks, 10 split jerks, 25 clean and jerks, 6 minutes of plank holds, and then finish by completing 120 dumbbell thrusters at 60% of bodyweight.  All of the athlete's work was technically sound, and the athlete made no misses despite going up to 90% on the clean [...]

By | 2018-07-16T02:37:16+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

What if I Don’t Make Weight?

The countdown is on for USA Weightlifting's (USAW) National Youth Championships, aka Youth Nationals, and tensions are rising.  Among the stressors is . . . body weight.  Weightlifting is a weight class sport, which means that athletes only compete with others in their same weight range.  This will be our family's fifth Youth Nationals, and [...]

By | 2018-06-04T22:58:21+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

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+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Competition, Parent Resources|

Should I Go To Youth Nationals?

With Youth Nationals a mere five weeks away, and a registration deadline of May 17, 2018, it is time to make a decision: Go to Youth Nationals or Not?! Participation in USA Weightlifting's National Youth Championships, aka Youth Nationals, has exploded in recent years.  In 2017, around 900 youth athletes participated in the competition held [...]

By | 2018-05-10T21:05:24+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

6 Ways to Avoid Burnout

“Real results in weightlifting are born of longevity,” Ursala Garza, Vice President of the International Weightlifting Federation, poignantly observed during a recent Catalyst Athletics podcast. History supports this observation.  The average age of an Olympic medalist in the sport of weightlifting is 25 for men and 24 for women.  The average years of training to [...]

By | 2018-05-02T17:48:05+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|