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Episode 35 – Going to Miami: Drugs, Pan Ams, and the AO

JP and Anton discuss the new Lift Clean program and the American Open series 2 briefly, and deep dive on a discussion on the 2017 Pan American Championships. This year, the competition will be in Miami, FL USA. As we mention on the show, USA Weightlifting is making Weightlifting a destination sport. The most relevant our men’s team has been in the hemisphere -JP Nicoletta … Continue reading Episode 35 – Going to Miami: Drugs, Pan Ams, and the AO

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Olympic Games Rio 2016 Preview

It’s that time of the quad when all four corners of the world come together to battle for the crown as the world’s best athletes. That’s right, it’s time for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics to begin. There are thousands of athletes competing across dozens of sports, but you came here for one sport. Weightlifting! Check out Rio Preview episode on the OLIFT Podcast. The … Continue reading Olympic Games Rio 2016 Preview

Weightlifting World Championships 1955 in Munich Germany, Tommy Kono won the world title in the light heavyweight (82.5kg) class

Weightlifting and Military Service In Memory of Tommy Kono and Others

Tommy Kono, the International Weightlifting Federation’s “Lifter of the Century,” overcame numerous challenges during his weightlifting career. Not the least of these was the challenge of training and competing after being drafted into the U.S. Army. In Kono’s first book, Weightlifting, Olympic Style, he explains two very fortunate, and unusual, breaks provided by the Army that maintained his climb toward the international podium. First, while … Continue reading Weightlifting and Military Service In Memory of Tommy Kono and Others

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Five of the Most Important Things in Weightlifting Right Now

There is so much going on in the Olympic Weightlifting world. Here is everything you need to know in the Weightlifting World right now. 1. Six of the eight USA Weightlifting athletes competed internationally for the first time at the 2016 IWF Grand Prix – 6th Russian President’s Cup in Kazan on 19-20th March. Angelo Bianco, Brian “Wesley” Kitts, and Jessica Phillips took home Bronze medals in … Continue reading Five of the Most Important Things in Weightlifting Right Now

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The 2016 Arnold Championships of the Universe Part One of (probably) One

Depending on how you want to count things, this is either “Part II” of my 2015 Arnold writeup (never completed), “Part II” of my 2014 Arnold writeup (also languishing), or “Part I” of my soon-to-be-unfinished writeup of this year’s Arnold Championships of the Universe. Apparently, the Arnold of the past few years has left me so fatigued that I’ve been unable to bring anything to … Continue reading The 2016 Arnold Championships of the Universe Part One of (probably) One

How to Watch the 2016 USAW National Junior Championships Day 2, February 20th

If you are new to weightlifting, or you want to follow our sport better, it’s best to learn how to watch and what to watch at a national meet. We’ve put together a guide to help you as you enjoy the competition and we’ve highlighted specific lifters for you to keep your eyes on, because you very well may see some of them in them … Continue reading How to Watch the 2016 USAW National Junior Championships Day 2, February 20th

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How to Watch the 2016 USAW National Junior Championships Day 1, February 19th

While the excitement from the World Championships and the American Open have calmed down, it’s now time for the first national USA Weightlifting meet of the year – the 2016 USA Weightlifting National Junior Championships (NJC). You can expect some incredible performances from these up-and-coming Junior lifters. Several champions from 2015, like Megan Seegert (-48), Bret Pfeiffer (-56), and  CJ Cummings (-69) will return. This will be one of … Continue reading How to Watch the 2016 USAW National Junior Championships Day 1, February 19th

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Olympic Qualifier At The National Junior Championships

National Junior Championships – February 18-21 Later this month, Valley Forge, PA, will play host to the Olympic Qualifier at the USAWeightlifting National Junior Championships. This will be the first major USAW competition of 2016 and will be held February 18-21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Lifters who have met the minimum qualification totals and who were born in 1996 or later are eligible … Continue reading Olympic Qualifier At The National Junior Championships

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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!