Should I Coach My Own Child?

Parents choose to coach their children in sports for a number of reasons: No one else will do it. The parent is the most qualified person available to coach. The parent wants to spend quality time with his or her child while enjoying the sport. All three are valid reasons for coaching your own child [...]

By |2018-03-10T08:23:17-04:00March 10th, 2018|Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

13 Protein Snacks for Youth Athletes

Youth athletes, especially youth weightlifters, have higher protein requirements than their non-athletic peers.  In How Much Protein Do Youth Weightlifters Need? Dr. Mark Lavallee, Chairman of the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society, recommends consuming 1 to 2 grams of protein per kilogram of lean muscle mass per day. The muscles, however, can only absorb a certain [...]

By |2018-01-31T16:45:22-04:00January 31st, 2018|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

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 |2018-01-20T18:22:57-04:00January 17th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

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 |2017-12-20T17:15:54-04:00December 19th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

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 |2017-11-26T22:58:03-04:00November 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 |2017-11-14T23:00:32-04:00November 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 |2017-10-24T17:56:38-04:00October 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 [...]

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.  [...]