Coaches 2017-05-25T18:14:50+00:00

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 [...]

Should I Go To Youth Nationals?

May 10th, 2018|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Parent Resources|

With Youth Nationals a mere five weeks away, and a registration deadline of May 17, 2018, it is time to make a decision: Go to Youth Nationals or Not?! Participation in USA Weightlifting's National Youth [...]

6 Ways to Avoid Burnout

May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

“Real results in weightlifting are born of longevity,” Ursala Garza, Vice President of the International Weightlifting Federation, poignantly observed during a recent Catalyst Athletics podcast. History supports this observation.  The average age of an Olympic [...]