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Youth Nationals Report by Olympic Coach Mark Cannella

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Daytona Beach and specifically Spruce Creek High School proved to be the perfect locale and setting for USAW’s Youth Nationals.
 

With a record 500 plus lifters, you can already see the influence of Crossfit in the ranks and with Florida leading the way with lifting in their curriculum, it was easy to see how they fared well in their own state.

 

Our own lifters fared well too and with this being our first time at Youth’s, we would say Columbus Weightlifting ...

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The Future of Lifting

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Look all around you, everywhere you see now is lifting related stories, such as blogs, seminar advertisements, athletes wearing Weightlifting T-shirts, etc. that all promote the Olympic lifts.

When you really step back, it is almost a California Gold Rush, a rush to promote a great sport that just now is getting the respect it richly deserves.

As more and more athletes become interested in lifting, those holes in the dykes where we are deficient as a ...

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The Jerk Setup – Make it or Bomb it

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As I watched the 2014 European Championships, thanks Hookgrip and others, I noticed the jerk dip and drive mechanics of many of the lifters that were successful in their lifts.

It occurred to me how most of these lifters incorporated slightly bringing their feet back underneath them after the clean, locking their knees and getting their balance back towards the heel before initiating the dip portion of the jerk.

Don’t Believe me? Check it out…
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American Open Musings – By Cannella

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Recently, our club competed at the American Open in Dallas, TX.  As a head coach, we wanted to be prepared as much as possible for our trip based on the athletes that were competing.

Kevin Hartness

Kevin Hartness – 77kg Lifter

Three of our athletes competed on Friday, day one and one athlete competed on day two.

On the list items for myself was to ...

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Train with a World Champion in Ohio – A Unique Opportunity

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It is not often one is afforded to witness World Class lifters upfront and center, but in just a few weeks, Columbus Weightlifting is proud to grant a world class event with recently crowned 2013 world champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, Apti Aukhadov and Vasiliy Polovnikov, 2008 European Champion at our facility in Columbus, OH.

This event will be on Thursday, November 14th starting at 2pm.

The event will be held here:
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Clean and Jerks at the CrossFit Games

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A few weeks ago Drew Dillon, our state record holder in the 85kg class and I made a last second decision to attend the CF Games in Carson, CA.  We were able to get a few first-rate tickets to enter the Games, thanks to great sponsors in Hylete and Crossfit Malibu and I remember feeling like we had just received the golden ticket from Willy Wonka.
 

As we watched the CF ...

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Notes from Russia – World University Games

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Since 2010 I have been granted the opportunity to work with our world class athletes internationally in the training hall & warm-up room in different capacities.  Recently, I was selected as the Women’s coach for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.  This multi-sport event rivals the Olympics in terms of set-up, breadth and scope.  University athletes from around the world came to compete in events such as wrestling, boxing, basketball, water polo, track and field, sambo, and of course ...

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Programming – Thoughts from Cannella

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On my to do list is a goal to improve my programming skills for
workouts. As I review some of the programs being written for
weightlifters, it dawns on me no matter what you put down, pen to paper
or excel formulas to spreadsheets, they all should rely on the
observations of the coach on a day to day basis. Percentages are
important, sets, reps, volume and program design, but nothing replaces
communication between the athlete and coach ...

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Olympic Strategy – Counting Attempts

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As an Olympic coach who has worked with lifters at the Olympics, World Championships, Junior World Championships and many local & national events, nothing is more important than selecting the right attempts to put your lifter in the best position to win or set a possible PR.

A really good coach once told me that you should count attempts at a local event as if you were  at the World Championships vying for a medal.  Counting attempts is science and art ...

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USAW Level 2 – Question

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Since we announced our upcoming USAW Level 2 many people have reached out to us with questions. However, the questions highlighted one specific area.

“Do I really have to coach national level athletes to receive this certification?”

Yes, you do. You have 2 years to complete this requirement.

The USAW Level 2 was designed with one goal in mind. Develop our coaches so they can develop our lifters into national and international competitors. For a ...

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