The simple answer is of course that it depends on the 'circumstances of the individual athlete' but an answer of this nature does not really help. What's really needed is a number of criteria that the athlete and the coach can consider to determine whether circumstances permit an additional training day.Here are some suggested criteria for increasing training frequency: Read More
Coaches must be aware that the initial learning period of the beginner in Weightlifting is profoundly important and will leave an indelible impression. In the case of coaching children and/or young adults, there is an increased level of responsibility to ensure that the coaching methodology employed lives up to community expectations and provides the beginner with a good start to their career in the sport.
The following guidelines are provided to assist coaches working with children and young adults in Weightlifting:
In the final days/weeks before a competition, athletes and coaches will generally discuss and make decisions about the athlete's "competition plan". This process can be quite simple or very elaborate depending on the importance of the competition, the level of experience of the athlete, and whether there is any need for tactics to respond to the athlete's competitors. Read More
To my athletes, I would like to take a moment of your time to explain how I might see things differently about training, your training.
Last night was a designated 'heavy' session. I know that you very much look forward to such sessions in the hope that you can push beyond your present personal bests. Last night, many of you were rewarded for your efforts. Well done!
But as we head towards the next competition, there are some things I want you to keep uppermost in your mind. Read More
Nature versus Nurture in Weightlifting
It is accepted theory in Weightlifting that genetics plays a substantial role in the ultimate performance of the individual (12, 33). A typical belief is that Weightlifters of the highest performance levels have a greater ratio of fast-twitch to slow-twitch fibres (29). Similarly, a common opinion in the Weightlifting community is that certain anthropometric characteristics strongly influence success such as shoulder circumference (38) and shorter height and limb lengths (34). Furthermore, many researchers have found that Weightlifters as a group are amongst the most mesomorphic of all athletes (25).
Figure 1: Relative contribution of nature (natural ability) and nurture (influence of environment) on success in Weightlifting
However, environmental factors also play a highly significant role in success in Weightlifting. These factors include the coach’s leadership skills (8), the coach’s knowledge and effectiveness (7), the culture within the training environment (22) and the degree to which the athlete develops a sense of belonging or relatedness to their sport and their training colleagues (30). These factors will affect the motivation of the athlete to pursue training over the many years of deliberate practise (10) at increasingly higher levels of commitment needed to attain high performance. Furthermore, environmental factors will impact on the athlete’s ability to cope with the psychological pressures of extreme heaviness in critical moments in competition and training.
For these reasons, success in Weightlifting should not be considered as predominantly dependent on genetics as is a popular view, but instead on a relatively equal contribution of genetics and environment as portrayed in Figure 1 above.
There are currently 44 in-depth articles current available on this website for coaches and athletes in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. More articles are written on a weekly basis. The following table provides a listing of free and subscription required articles (SUBS). A subscription may (a) One Month or (b) Full Membership.
|A coach’s plea||Coaching|
|Coaching the youth beginner athlete||Coaching|
|Determining platform attempts in a Weightlifting competition||Coaching|
|Writing training programs||Coaching|
|Teaching Weightlifting skills: 10 objectives||Coaching|
|Talent identification||High Performance|
|5 decisions for high performance in sport||High Performance|
|The path to high performance (part 1)||High Performance|
|The path to high performance (part 2)||High Performance|
|The path to high performance (part 3)||High Performance|
|The affects of Weightlifting on the cardiovascular system||Physiology|
|Homeostasis and adaptation||Physiology|
|Muscle fibre types||Physiology|
|Concurrent strength and endurance training||Physiology|
|Muscle co-activation and strength||Physiology|
|Daily energy and energy efficiency||Physiology|
|Weight loss and making weight||Physiology|
|The hardest step||Psychology|
|The inner journey||Psychology|
|The mindset of the Weightlifter||Psychology|
|Snatch technique – key concepts explained||Technique|
|Learning the technique of the jerk – key objectives||Technique|
|Understanding the pull trajectory||Technique|
|Qualitative analysis of the snatch||Technique|
|Key issues in the jerk explained||Technique|
|The dip phase of the jerk||Technique|
|The jerk balance||Technique|
|The split squat||Technique|
|Conversations with athletes||Training Methodology|
|The 21-day training cycle||Training Methodology|
|Exercises for improving the snatch||Training Methodology|
|A comparison of different training scenarios on rate of improvement||Training Methodology|
|Russian squat programs – how well do they work||Training Methodology|
|Gold standards in Weightlifting||Training Methodology|
|The rest interval between sets||Training Methodology|
|Training intensity for pulls||Training Methodology|
|Do you train hard?||Training Methodology|
|Training Intensity Percentages as Used in Weightlifting||Training Methodology|