Improve your Olympic Lifts With These Simple and Effective Combos

Do you need to improve your technique and strength? Of course you do, otherwise, you would not be a weightlifter. We all have things to correct, improve upon, and do better each time we touch the barbell. That’s why we lift. Don’t take this is my advice, take this as a proven way to improve your Olympic lifts from Wil Fleming, an awesome sports performance … Continue reading Improve your Olympic Lifts With These Simple and Effective Combos

Use “The Pause Method” To Perfect Your Technique

Hey OLifters! What issues are you having with your lifts? Most problems in Olympic weightlifting are not related to strength, but many issues in weightlifting relate to “hitting the right positions”. Are you having problems hitting the right positions in your lifts? Do you have an amazing first pull, but then your second pull just falls apart, or visa versa? Are you having issues with … Continue reading Use “The Pause Method” To Perfect Your Technique

What You Missed at the 2013 Senior Nationals

The outstanding female lifter of the 2013 National Championships was certainly newcomer Geralee Vega. Her Sinclair total of 290.15 crushed the next closest competitor, Sarah Robles, who turned in a solid 277.35. She really stole the show with her polished technique and stunning physique, opening 15 kilos heavier than her competitors finished. A lot of us here in the US haven’t seen her lift before, … Continue reading What You Missed at the 2013 Senior Nationals

How I Train Young Lifters: From Children to Champions

Before he was a weightlifting coach charged with training some of the worlds best athletes, Marty Schnorf was a sports-crazed kid from Charleston Illinois with a particular passion for making young athletes great. Schnorf earned a degree from Eastern Illinois University in physical education in 1974. He coached Charleston’s all time most winningest little league baseball team. Now, he is the head coach of the … Continue reading How I Train Young Lifters: From Children to Champions

How can the U.S. Compete?

We can talk about a lot of things that need to be improved in order for U.S. to be competitive on the international scene in weightlifting.  For instance a massive change has to be implemented in our training of pre-adolescents for weightlifting in this country.  Luckily CrossFit has appeared on the scene and spawned CrossFit Kids, which is doing a great job programmatically in giving … Continue reading How can the U.S. Compete?

The Long Road to Nationals: Derrick Johnson’s Training & Nutrition

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Derrick Johnson is one of the most decorated weightlifters in USA Weightlifting and he showed why at this year’s National Championships. By snatching 117 kg and clean and jerking 140 kg, Derrick brought home his third National Championship in the 62 kg class. Along the way he made two very close attempts at a new American snatch … Continue reading The Long Road to Nationals: Derrick Johnson’s Training & Nutrition

Interview with an Olympian: Cara Heads Slaughter

The first time I met Cara was on TV. Well, I certainly wasn’t on TV but she was. I watched her clean what seemed like an immeasurable amount of weight, stand and then squat jerk it over her head. Considering I was new to the sport at the time, the fact that she performed this seemingly impossible movement made me a Cara Heads fan right … Continue reading Interview with an Olympian: Cara Heads Slaughter

Weightlifting For Beginners: Getting Started 101

Body language is a rich and vital part of our communication that dates back to the origin of human beings on this planet. Predating even verbal communication, this style of interaction allowed us to communicate our emotions and warn others of any potential dangers nearby. This ensured one of the two primary functions of our then very primitive brain — to reproduce and to keep … Continue reading Weightlifting For Beginners: Getting Started 101

Coach Ray Jones and The Cummings Brothers: Strength From Above

Playing sports, eating pizza, running, and hanging out with friends at the park are typical activities for average kids, however, Clarence (C.J.) Cummings Jr and Omar Cummings are two kids that are far from average. Both have been described as very humble and respectful. C.J. is the younger brother who is a young man of few words and Omar is the older more outspoken one. … Continue reading Coach Ray Jones and The Cummings Brothers: Strength From Above