Psychology


  • Man with chalk on hands bending over a bar

    My Philosophy

    “Exploring the outer edges of our capability is to live; not to is to let life pass by. To know one’s limits is to know oneself. What is small in…

  • 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…

  • Continuous Improvement in the Training of the Athlete

    From day 1 in the training process, an athlete learns how to train. Initially, this learning is fast but as the months and years go by, an athlete has fewer…

  • The causes of burnout in athletes

    I have formed a view, as a result of a lengthy career in Olympic Weightlifting, that the most difficult tasks of the coach are neither the instruction of Weightlifting technique, …

  • A coach’s plea

    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…

  • The hardest step

    The journey of the athlete in Weightlifting from beginner to the qualifying standard for the national senior championship takes perhaps 3 years of goal driven, well organised, and consistent training. For…

  • The Inner Journey

    These days Weightlifting is fortunate to be well promoted via the Internet. There is an endless stream of videos and photos of people, of all levels, enjoying a moment of…

  • A comparison of different training scenarios on rate of improvement

    [MM_Access_Decision access=’false’] The purpose of this article is to illustrate how differences in the athlete’s commitment to training will effect their ultimate performance capability in the years ahead. In this…