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The making of the 2015 IWF World Championships broadcast (sort of)

“There are only three people in this country who could get me that shot.” That was the sort of line that I heard thrown around the media room in Houston, in reference to a cameraman who’d done a particularly good job. And it was said without a trace of irony, from what I could tell. Broadcast TV seems to be a special world… Before being … Continue reading The making of the 2015 IWF World Championships broadcast (sort of)

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Coaches – Don’t Create Individualized Programming for Beginners!

A dedicate this post to my coach, Marty Schnorf. You’ve taught me so much, and I am forever grateful…you crazy old man! Beginning lifters do not need individualized programs. Several things are true about beginners, which makes individualized programming unnecessary. Beginners: are not yet technically proficient do not possess optimal workload capacity have not mastered new motor patterns and coordination often quit before a year’s … Continue reading Coaches – Don’t Create Individualized Programming for Beginners!

Bar Force Vectors (Paredes Snatch 147, 155, 160)

The Bar Force Vector series will present objectively measured forces that are placed on the bar during select lifts of select lifters.  While bar path is also displayed true to each sequence shot, force vectors are perhaps a more useful metric.  Specifically, force vectors are visual indicators of what the bar and lifter “feel” throughout the lift.  Note that the vertical portion of the vector … Continue reading Bar Force Vectors (Paredes Snatch 147, 155, 160)

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Are Your Lifts in Balance? Ratios For Your Performance

Lifts. Balance. Ratios. Weightlifting. At every athlete or coach clinic I conduct, one topic that invariably causes participants to drag out some form of calculator is the application of ratios to determine how well balanced a lifter’s performance may be. These figures are well known to most experienced coaches, but are intriguing for newcomers to our sport. Gene Baker, our national coaching coordinator in the … Continue reading Are Your Lifts in Balance? Ratios For Your Performance