Coaches2017-05-25T18:14:50+00:00

Building an Olympian: An Interview with Tim Swords

October 20th, 2018|Categories: Coaches Resources, Competition, Interviews|

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 [...]

Mobility Work for Youth Weightlifters

August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

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 [...]

Combatting Perfectionism in Weightlifting

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

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 [...]

What if I Don’t Make Weight?

June 4th, 2018|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

The countdown is on for USA Weightlifting's (USAW) National Youth Championships, aka Youth Nationals, and tensions are rising.  Among the stressors is . . . body weight.  Weightlifting is a weight class sport, which means [...]