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|

Building an Olympian: An Interview with Tim Swords

Tim Swords, coach of Sarah Robles, 2017 World Champion and bronze-medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, shares what it takes to build an Olympian: Pursue your Passion.  When Coach Swords was a young boy, he visited a drug store with his mother.  At the store, he spotted a fitness magazine with a man [...]

By |2018-10-22T15:45:54-04:00October 20th, 2018|Coaches Resources, Competition, 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|

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|

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 |2018-07-22T16:53:33-04:00July 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 |2018-07-16T02:37:16-04:00July 11th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|