Visualization of a Weightlifter


I’ve been here before. This place, this sanctuary of mine; not your typical sanctuary, though, I’m not your typical person to feel such a way about such a place. As you enter, you get a feeling and understanding of calm aggression. Opposing as these two emotions may be, one must recognize and admire both qualities[…]

Cleaning at the 2010 Arnold

Injuries and Identities


It’s unfortunate that we experience injuries as often as we do in weightlifting. However, that is part of the game, isn’t it? If you’re training hard, inevitably you WILL have tweaks you need to overcome; some small, some large. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule; there are always one or two that have[…]


Cueing the Arms in Full-Body Movements


Finding the right cues is always tough as a coach. Some way work universally for all athletes, while others fall flat with most. Then you have some movements where all it takes is one cue to correct the entire pattern. The next movement takes all the energy you have just to keep it safe; even when[…]

Coach Inspiration

Developing an Internship Curriculum for the Strength Coach


I took over the internship curriculum at the NSCA about two years ago. Since then I’ve been searching for the best information on how exactly the curriculum should be run. At the NSCA we have a very unique situation because we have many members on staff with specialized areas of interest that you don’t often[…]

WL Chalk

I’m a Weightlifter: Take 2


After spending much time away from competition, I am really trying to find my way back to the platform. In doing so, I’ve found that my feelings on training are much different than they were from the time I stopped a few years ago. Since then I’ve been around some great coaches, weightlifting and strength[…]


Walden, Reading, and Coaching: Drawing Parallels


“With a little more deliberation in the choice of their pursuits, all men would perhaps essentially become students and observers, for certainly their nature and destiny are interesting to all alike” – Thoreau What does the quote above mean? To me, it means that you must take time to decide what you really want out[…]

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“Grounded” Relationship


No, I’m not going to talk about anything related to relationships with your significant other. What I am going to discuss is the relationship needed with the ground, itself. This is extremely important in any ground-based movement, as this relationship is what propels the body into movement. Newton’s Third Law becomes the gold standard to[…]


On Seriousness in Strength and Conditioning


First, let me say that I surely don’t know it all, but I do know how to act accordingly, especially when it comes to my profession. Don’t get me wrong; I love to joke as much as the next coach, but there is a time and a place for messing around just like anything else. I’ve[…]

The Olympic Lifts: Whole or Part?


When trying to learn the full movements, is is better to go right to doing the full lifts, or use progressions to get there? This question is often debated in strength circles. I believe there are a few arguments to be stated on either side. Using Full Lifts (Whole Method) I believe this argument has[…]


Extension: Missing the Knees in the Weightlifting Movements


I’ve learned from many weightlifting coaches over the years. I’ve trained with, not as part of, the National team while I interned at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. I’ve also trained with Mark Cannella, who coaches Holley Mangold and I’ve worked under Bo Sandoval, who coaches Colin Burns. I’ve picked up many different cues and[…]