Olympic Weightlifting Programs

Leo Isaac coaching
Lionel Isaac at work coaching

A large collection of affordable, high-quality Olympic Weightlifting training programs for athletes at all levels of experience are available here. All programs are designed by Lionel (Leo) Isaac, author of the book “Coaching Weightlifting Illustrated” and former Australian Weightlifting head coach (see biography). Choose from a range of programs designed specifically for competition preparation, skill development or recovery from periods of training absence. All programs provide comprehensive instructions and a high level of detail.

How to choose a program

Use the table below to identify and select a suitable training program. The key information you need to select a program is:

  • How many days per week do you intend to train?
  • What program duration do you require? Very often, the duration of the program is the number of weeks to your next competition but not always.
  • What type of program do you seek? The majority of programs in the table below are standard programs for competition preparation. But you will also find other types such as skill development programs, low start programs for recovering from a long lay-off from training, and programs that suit athletes with a reduced range of motion (ROM) due to starting Weightlifting later in life.

If you would like in-depth advice on training programs follow this link.

Watch the video below the table if you would like a deeper explanation of how programs work. Use the filter mechanism above the table to help you to drill down to the most suitable program for you. More programs are being added weekly.

Olympic Weightlifting Programs

Here is a video to explain the various features and workings of Olympic Weightlifting programs available on this website,

The author (Leo Isaac) is well acquainted with training theory in Olympic Weightlifting having been a devotee of the sport since 1974, a participant in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games in Olympic Weightlifting as an athlete for the United Kingdom, an athlete Commonwealth Games 1982 in Olympic Weightlifting for England, National Coaching Director for Australian Weightlifting Federation, Head Coach of Australian Team at Commonwealth Games 2018, and a principal coach educator for the Australian Weightlifting Federation for 3 decades.

Leo Isaac providing a talk to fellow coaches at a Level 3 coaching course.

A special feature of programming method used by Leo Isaac is “Volume Guide” which assists the program user to gauge the amount of work done on each exercise. The guide provides advice on the number warm-up sets, sets at the designated intensity level and in some cases, the number of sets above the designated intensity level.

Leo’s ethos is that the athlete’s quality of movement is the key to success in training, and there are many factors that contribute to quality. A good program is not simply about strength and it is entirely necessary to create training programs that develop movement fluency, stability, speed, balance and confidence.

Programs not only provide detailed information on the training of the Olympic lifts and all associated assistance exercises but also include charts for flexibility exercises and core strength exercises.

You will not find a better deal for Olympic Weightlifting Programs anywhere on the Internet in terms of the number and variety of training programs that you can buy for very small dollars.

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