Coaches

7 Solutions for Youth Weightlifting Programs

October 17th, 2017|Categories: Coaches Resources|

All weightlifting programs face certain challenges, such as making enough money to keep the gym open, attracting new members, and raising funds to travel to competitions. Youth weightlifting programs, however, face special challenges.  For instance, [...]

5 Benefits of Training Backwards

September 17th, 2017|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

The athletes of Lift for Life weightlifting club in St. Louis, Missouri, enter the gym and head straight to the squat rack to begin their training. Wait, what?!  Squats first? Traditional weightlifting training progresses from [...]

What Does it Take to Make Weight?

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition, Parent Resources|

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 [...]

Creating Confidence: An Interview with Jenny Schumacher

August 9th, 2017|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

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 [...]

Is Undertraining the Secret to Success?

August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|

In the past month, I have had the opportunity to speak to the coaches of two of the most accomplished youth weightlifters in the United States—Kevin Simons (Harrison Maurus's coach) and Ray Jones (C.J. Cumming’s [...]

Coaching Harrison Maurus: An Interview with Kevin Simons

June 29th, 2017|Categories: Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

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 [...]