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|

Hampton Morris – November 2017 Featured Athlete

Meet Hampton Morris -- our featured athlete for the month of November.  Hampton is a 13 year old youth weightlifter from Marietta, Georgia and is currently competing in the 50kg weight class. When did you get started in this sport? My first meet was on July 9th, 2016. What (or who) got you started? My [...]

By | 2017-11-08T09:17:16+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Antwan Kilbert – October 2017 Featured Athlete

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our featured athlete for the month of October: Antwan Kilbert.  Antwan is an amazing athlete and inspiration to young weightlifters in the US and abroad.  His character, as well as his strength, is admirable (and something worth paying attention to!). When did you get started [...]

By | 2017-10-13T16:59:04+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Elle Hatamiya – September 2017 Featured Athlete

Please let us introduce you to our featured athlete for the month of September: Elle Hatamiya.  Besides being an Instagram sensation, Elle is an amazing athlete (in weightlifting as well as dojo and gymnastics).  Elle is currently 12 years old and competes in the 35kg class. Where is home?  Albany, California When did you get started in this [...]

By | 2017-09-01T15:16:19+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Creating Confidence: An Interview with Jenny Schumacher

A large black Labradoodle ambles toward the entrance of Proven Strength and Conditioning, the weightlifting gym co-owned by Jenny Schumacher in American Fork, Utah.  Schumacher calls to her dog, Fonzie, and the dog retreats; the dog’s interest in the newcomer is satisfied with a glance at the familiar face. Schumacher, who coaches six days a week, [...]

By | 2017-08-09T08:06:33+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

Kyle Martin, Jr. – July 2017 Featured Athlete

Please let us introduce you to our July 2017 featured athlete: Kyle Martin, Jr.  Kyle is ten years old youth weightlifter competing in the 44 kg weight class and is from Oley, PA. When did you get started in this sport? At age 8 What (or who) got you started? I would go to the [...]

By | 2017-07-02T20:55:20+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Coaching Harrison Maurus: An Interview with Kevin Simons

USA Weightlifting held a technique training seminar on Friday, June 22, in conjunction with the 2017 National Youth Championships.  The seminar featured youth world record holder, Harrison Maurus, Maurus’s coach, Kevin Simons, Pyrros Dimas, and Tamas Feher.  The big names drew a large crowd of athletes, parents and coaches.  Tamas Feher led the seminar, explaining [...]

By | 2017-07-02T21:13:49+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

The Gift of Coaching: An Interview with Dennis Espinosa

Coach Dennis Espinosa, of Salina, Kansas is a well-known name in U.S. weightlifting.  Espinosa has been a weightlifting coach for over 20 years, is an International Weightlifting Federation Category I Referee and has coached numerous athletes to the national and international levels.  In this interview, Espinosa talks about the benefits of youth weightlifting, the challenges [...]

By | 2017-06-20T07:33:01+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Coaches Resources, Interviews|

Journey to Bankok: Dean Scicchitano’s Path to Youth Worlds

In 2012, Dean Scicchitano competed in his first weightlifting meet.  At age 12, he had a bodyweight of 58kg.  Dean lifted a meager 16 kg in the snatch and 23kg in the clean and jerk—a performance only a mother could love. Fast forward five years . . . Dean is one of the top youth [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:06:03+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Interviews|

Three Generations of Champions — An Interview with Nils Engbarth

Weightlifters in Germany typically belong to teams sponsored by the athletic clubs in their cities or villages.  A team can consist of lifters of different ages, genders, and weight classes.  Competitions occur on Saturdays, when two teams compete against each other for a win. Lifters earn points according to how much weight they lift per [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:17:59+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Interviews|