Programming Pointers from Hassle Free Barbell

A good coach is always searching for the best tools for his athletes.  One tool is the plan, or program, used to develop an athlete.  A good program generates growth while keeping the athlete injury-free.  As mentioned in an earlier article, a weightlifting program is not like a cookie cutter.  A plan designed for one [...]

By | 2018-01-26T05:25:15+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Coaches Resources, Training|

Growing Trees: Developing versus Discovering New Talent

"Everybody wants to own a forest, but nobody wants to grow the trees," weightlifting Coach Boris Urman has observed.  Every weightlifting coach wants a team of strong, mature lifters, but fewer coaches are willing to work with youth weightlifters. Urman, of Shawnee, Kansas, has spent over 30 years developing youth weightlifters.  He has helped [...]

By | 2018-01-20T18:22:57+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Representing in South America

In December 2017, Team USA sent four Under 15 lifters to Lima, Peru to compete in the South American Junior & Youth Championships & Tamas Ajan Cup on December 13-17: Haley Trinh - 53kg Abby Raymond - 58kg Dean Goad - 69kg Julia Yun - +75kg All four lifters represented Team USA admirably bringing home [...]

By | 2018-01-13T17:16:22+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition, Interviews|

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+00:00 January 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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+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|

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|