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  • 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 […]

  • A proposal for a club development program

    This article proposes the development and implementation of a club development program across the nation. The proposal looks at what the national body can do to promote club development and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Training the Jerk

    It has long been my view that the critical factor for developing a confident and reliably successful Jerk is that the athlete must attempt to mimic the conditions of a […]

  • 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,  […]

  • Rehabilitation and Recovery of Weightlifting Injuries

    This article attempts to address one of the most serious errors that athletes frequently make in their training –  a failure in regard to rehabilitation and recovery of Weightlifting injuries that result from overloading. Overloading is […]

  • Training Intensity Percentages as Used in Weightlifting

    In Weightlifting, it is a common practice to use percentages (of best lifts) as a means to set the desired intensity of the athlete’s training in any given day. Intensity is measure of […]

  • Training frequency in Weightlifting: When to add another training session?

    I was recently asked “what are the advantages and disadvantages/risks of adding an additional training session per week”. I am sure that readers will attest that this is a common […]