Maximizing Your Insulin Response

“Carbohydrate” has become a dirty word in recent years due to the popularity of high-protein diets like the Paleo Diet and the Keto Diet.  These diets strive to maximize the body’s fat burning abilities by keeping insulin levels low and forcing the body to use fat as fuel.   Unfortunately, these high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets do [...]

By |2019-03-11T16:34:42-04:00March 11th, 2019|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

The Most Important Thing

What is the most important aspect of developing a youth weightlifter?  Coaches of elite youth weightlifters weigh-in on the most important part of the process:   Ray Jones, coach of Youth World Record Holder C.J. Cummings and 2019 Youth World Team member Dade Stanley Keeping athletes healthy and injury free.  I want to see my [...]

By |2019-02-09T17:14:28-04:00February 9th, 2019|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Will Weightlifting be Dropped from the Olympic Games?

A January 22, 2019 press release from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) revealed six doping violations from the 2018 IWF World Championships, all involving Thai athletes. These doping violations come at a pivotal time for the sport.  In June 2017, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach told reporters:  “The IWF has until December 2017 to [...]

By |2019-01-25T02:00:10-04:00January 25th, 2019|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

Is Weightlifting Cleaning Up?

For many years, the sport of weightlifting has been fraught with instances of illegal drug use, a.k.a. doping.  Clean athletes stood on the sidelines as their drug-enhanced counterparts took home the medals and glory of championship titles.  Cynicism abounded in the United States.  No one believed that U.S. athletes could bring home medals because of [...]

By |2019-01-05T16:46:19-04:00January 3rd, 2019|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

Lessons Learned from the Youth Olympic Games

In October 2018, Peyton Brown and Jerome Smith traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to represent the United States at the Youth Olympic Games. Both athletes delivered outstanding performances, with both placing higher than any U.S. athletes have ever placed at the Youth Olympic Games. Peyton Brown (58 kg), age 17, earned a bronze medal [...]

By |2018-12-07T16:42:17-04:00December 6th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition|

Feature Athlete: Coby Rhodes

At age 15, Coby Rhodes of Deland, Florida, is a three-time national weightlifting champion and recently qualified to represent the United States at the International Weightlifting Federation’s Youth World Championship in March 2019.  Coby (61 kg) is dedicated to learning all elements of weightlifting and is on track to achieve great things within the sport. [...]

By |2018-11-13T06:03:46-04:00November 13th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. So what do youth weightlifters eat for breakfast? Six members of USA Weightlifting's 2019 Youth World Team share what they eat for breakfast. Ryan Grimsland (67 kg), age 16, of Mash Mafia earned best youth male lifter at the 2018 American Open 3 [...]

By |2018-10-12T00:54:57-04:00October 12th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

Hand Care for Young Lifters

New lifters often regard ripped hands as evidence of their hard work, proudly displaying them in social media posts or parading them around the gym for everyone to see. More experienced lifters, however, know that damaged hands just slow you down. When the hands are torn or tender, barbell work becomes painful and difficult to [...]

By |2018-09-26T17:45:47-04:00September 26th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

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 |2018-08-14T21:05:40-04:00August 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 |2018-08-04T01:16:28-04:00August 2nd, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|