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|

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|

5 Fun Weightlifting Games

Weightlifting training can become . . . well, boring.  Months of devotion to the snatch, clean and jerk, pulls, and squats can transform committed athletes into zombies.  Shake things up with these five weightlifting games. Moving Day In competitive weightlifting, overhead stability is EVERYTHING.  An athlete can execute a textbook lift and not get credit [...]

By | 2018-04-25T23:44:50+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

Sleep vs. Training: Which is More Important?

It is 5:00 AM, and my phone alarm begins playing a soft melody, attempting to gently coax me out of a restful sleep while bluntly reminding me: "You are an adult. This is not a vacation. Get up and face reality."  I roll out of bed, wake up my son and daughter, and try to [...]

By | 2018-04-22T19:39:03+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Are You Doping?

Me?  Doping?  Of course not!  I don't manipulate doctors for unnecessary prescriptions, buy from shady characters in dark allies, or even buy generic supplements.  I only buy brand-name supplements from reputable manufacturers at legitimate retailers. If these are your thoughts, keep reading . . . On March 29, 2018, Abby Raymond, a 14-year old weightlifter [...]

By | 2018-04-11T18:00:17+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Inside USA Weightlifting’s Talent Combine

USA Weightlifting is currently holding an online talent competition for high school students. The competition, offered at, evaluates athletes on three lifts: the bench press, back squat and power clean. Big prizes are offered to winners, making the competition worth entering: The top athlete per weight category will receive a trophy and an invitation to [...]

By | 2018-04-01T19:31:07+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|