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Episode 11 – Matt Foreman The OLIFT Magazine Podcast

Matt Foreman is a Weightlifter, a coach, a teacher, and a writer. We interviewed Foreman because of his long-running history in Olympic Weightlifting and because his passion helping others become better Weightlifters. Check out this episode on iTunes! John Paul Nicoletta JP Nicoletta started lifting at 16 years old and has been involved in Olympic Weightlifting since 1992. He competed at a National level as … Continue reading Episode 11 – Matt Foreman The OLIFT Magazine Podcast

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

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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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

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The 2015 World Weightlifting Championships A Post-Mortem of the Men's 77A Session

For those of us who are fans of Olympic weightlifting, I imagine we’ll all remember where we were the day Lu Xiaojun bombed out in the clean and jerk at the 2015 World Championships. “I was streaming Eurosport over a VPN to avoid the ESPN commentators;” or, “I was following updates on Twitter, and when I saw the news I just stopped in the street … Continue reading The 2015 World Weightlifting Championships A Post-Mortem of the Men’s 77A Session

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2015 USA Weightlifting Year in Review A record-breaking year for Weightlifting in the United States

As 2015 draws to a close, how will we remember weightlifting in America? What were the significant happenings on and off the platform? It was a record-breaking year for USA Weightlifting. Here are some themes that paint a picture of how big a year it was. Competitions: Bigger Is Better and Better is Better In 2015, virtually all of the USAW’s major events set new … Continue reading 2015 USA Weightlifting Year in Review A record-breaking year for Weightlifting in the United States

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Ilya Ilyin Broke The Internet, Again!!! Speed and Bottom Position Mechanics That Can Help You Lift as Efficiently as Ilya Ilyin

In this post, we analyze the speed under the bar and the bottom position mechanics that can help you lift as efficiently as Ilya Ilyin - but first, watch his most recent world record 246kg clean & jerk! ILYA ILYIN (-105, KAZ), 246kg World Record Clean and Jerk at the Russian President’s Cup. Video Credit: Hookgrip Two very popular and ingrained concepts of Olympic weightlifting technique will … Continue reading Ilya Ilyin Broke The Internet, Again!!! Speed and Bottom Position Mechanics That Can Help You Lift as Efficiently as Ilya Ilyin

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10 Questions with Dr. Quinn Henoch Founder of Clinical Athlete

First of all, I want to thank OLIFT Magazine for this opportunity. I love what you all are doing for the sport of weightlifting and it’s an honor for me to contribute. -Quinn Henoch 1.Where are you from? I was born in Aurora, Colorado, which is a suburb of Denver. Shortly after, my parents and I moved to the Louisville, KY/southern Indiana area. This is … Continue reading 10 Questions with Dr. Quinn Henoch Founder of Clinical Athlete