A great training system can counter two important issues we have across sports in North America. That is, it prevents early specialization and lack of long term progress, granted the candidate is suited for the sport (athletic predisposition). Don’t miss out on Updates : Make sure… Read More »What is a training system and why it matters ?
Can we talk about the elephant in the room? You will often hear coaches and athletes state that competitions are won with the Clean and jerk, yet I’m not sure if that statement is necessarily behind the rationale of many programs. Don’t miss out on Updates : Make… Read More »You win with the clean and jerk
As I am writing this, I just landed in Montréal, Canada. I’m finally home after a long 6 days trip to Cartagena, Colombia where the 2016 Pan American Championships was held. This competition was of extreme importance because non qualified countries fought to get a… Read More »2016 Pan American Championships – Rio Olympic Qualification
Weightlifting is not as developed in North America as it is in other countries like China or Russia. One major drawback we face is the lack of a well defined sporting system. In Canada, we have no real sport schools to speak of and no… Read More »Identifying weightlifting talent in North America
Don’t miss out on Updates : Make sure you follow First Pull on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures and advice Ever since the Press was taken out of competition in 1972, the Press usefulness for the weightlifter has been a matter of debate. Pre 1972, the Press’ tonnage was… Read More »To Press or not to Press?
For most people reading this, it is the Christmas holidays, but this is valid for any period post competition throughout the year. Here in Quebec, the last provincial competition was held in mid December and the next important one will be in March – leaving… Read More »Holidays recovery : Active rest and contrast week(s)
Don’t miss out on Updates : Make sure you follow First Pull on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures and advice You are responsible for your success. You are also your own worse enemy. Seeing athletes miss lifts because they thought too much during the lift has been my pet… Read More »Paralysis by analysis : Stop thinking and start improving!
Don’t miss out on Updates : Make sure you follow First Pull on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures and advice Sport footwear (and even daily footwear) need to be carefully selected as they have a crucial impact on performance (stability, strength, sport result, biomechanics/body alignement, etc.), injury risks, chronic… Read More »Weightlifting shoes concerns : a case against bad footwear choices
Don’t miss out on Updates : Make sure you follow First Pull on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures and advice The road to your best self as an athlete is a long one. Weightlifting is hard, requires a lot of sacrifices (from both the coach and the athlete) and… Read More »The system of training : differences and considerations
Don’t miss out on Updates : Make sure you follow First Pull on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures and advice The more I coach and the more people I coach progress, the more I realize how important it is to have a strong mind in weightlifting. My definition of… Read More »Get your head on straight : Making progress and keeping a strong will to progress