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|

Health Mistakes Youth Weightlifters Make

Do you get injured often?  Are you struggling to make new gains?  Do you just want an edge over the competition? I spoke recently with Dr. Mark Lavallee, Chairman of the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society, about health mistakes youth weightlifters make. Boost your performance by fixing these mistakes! Mistake #1: Not Enough Sleep Did [...]

By | 2017-11-14T23:00:32+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

USA Weightlifting’s New Athlete Development Sites

On October 16, 2017, USA Weightlifting (USAW) announced 13 Athlete Development Sites located in the West and Southeast United States.  The announcement of these sites raised a number of questions: What will the sites be used for? Who can attend events at the sites? What kinds of events will be hosted at the sites? How [...]

By | 2017-10-24T17:56:38+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

Who will go to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of the sport of weightlifting.  It is the opportunity for weightlifters to own a piece of glory, to forever commemorate their dedication to the sport.  Being an Olympian is the most exclusive title within the sport.  Plenty of weightlifters can claim participation in world championship events, but very few [...]

By | 2017-10-08T01:39:46+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition, Parent Resources|

What Does it Take to Make Weight?

Almost all weightlifters have done it—some to a small extent, some to a large extent.  No one, however, wants to talk about it.  And those who do talk about it generally downplay or lie about the extent of their behavior. You will hear weightlifters discussing the topic privately, trying to figure out the best strategies.  [...]

By | 2017-09-05T21:33:57+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition, Parent Resources|

Mom, I Need New Shoes! Shoe Buying Tips for Youth Weightlifters

Child: “Mom, I need new shoes.” Mom: “I just bought you new shoes." Child: “Well, they don’t fit any more.” Mom: “I can’t buy you shoes this minute. You’ll just have to make those shoes work.” It is likely that EVERY child and parent in modern history has had this conversation. As a parent, it [...]

By | 2017-10-17T18:15:41+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

Is There a Viable Alternative to the NCAA for Weightlifting?

I recently wrote an article entitled: “Is Weightlifting Losing Its Best Athletes to NCAA Sports?”  The article exposes a problem facing the sport of weightlifting in the U.S. today: Thousands of youth weightlifters enter the sport of weightlifting, but the majority of these weightlifters leave the sport before they reach maturity, making it difficult for [...]

By | 2017-07-25T10:10:23+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

No Kids Allowed: How Fitness Centers are Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic

I love to workout. I love to travel. And when I travel, I love to workout. On vacation, some people visit museums, historic buildings, or beautiful cathedrals. I visit gyms. Each gym offers a new perspective on fitness. Some gyms reveal creative ways of organizing equipment; some introduce me to new equipment; and some have [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:21:36+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Parent Resources|

Don’t Forget the Halva! Competition Tips for Parents

It’s hard to measure just how much a weightlifter goes through when preparing for a competition.  Yes, the kilos and reps and sets can be calculated, but there is also the challenge of dealing with the sore muscles after a particularly tough workout, sacrificing time with friends on a sunny day to go to the [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:22:31+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Parent Resources|