High Performance

Helping athletes to high performance


  • Components of a High-Performance Sport System

    Developing a High-Performance Structure in Australian Weightlifting

    Discussion paper on high-performance Weightlifting in Australia written by Lionel (Leo) Isaac.

  • Nicu Vlad 1985 World Championships training hall.

    Training Twice a Day in Olympic Weightlifting

    Athletes in Weightlifting at the elite level have engaged in 2 sessions of training per day since the 1970s and perhaps earlier. Most famously, it was the Bulgarian weightlifting coach,…

  • Levels of Athlete Commitment in Olympic Weightlifting

    Probably every athlete starts out with very little idea of what it takes to be successful in a sport and to a large extent it is the responsibility of coaches…

  • Stretching with Bruce Rawson

    Self-Care for Better Training in Weightlifting

    It is the eternal problem in training for high-performance Weightlifting that, despite the athlete’s motivation to push forward for improved performance, they are held back by frustrating injuries. It may…

  • A study of concentration

    I need to know your mind

    As your coach, it is always my wish that I can help you to take steps forward to improve your athletic performance in the competition arena. I feel reasonably certain…

  • Kastritsi Clean and Jerk

    I want you to be a great athlete

    By Leo Isaac People often imagine that the life of any great athlete must be a joy to live but the truth is probably, that it is not. Sure, there…

  • Dealing with anxiety in Weightlifting

    For the athlete in Weightlifting, the final 2 weeks before a major competition is a difficult period in which athletes often have a tendency to conjure up all manner of…

  • Mental skills in Weightlifting

    It’s 4:00am, the day after an important local event and my mind is too active to sleep. I arrived home yesterday after a 14 hour day of coaching and organising…

  • Fundamental Change in Weightlifting

    At a coaching symposium held at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra,  in October 2017, I gave a presentation titled “Can Australia be competitive in Weightlifting?” The main purpose of…

  • Continuous Improvement in the Training of the Athlete

    The task for the athlete and the coach is to work together to continually improve the training process of the athlete over many years. It is highly probable that when…