When it comes to weightlifting coaches, they don't come better than our three panelists for this podcast - Bob TakanoGreg Everett, and Ursula Garza Papandrea


These three icons of the sport have paved the way for the weightlifting coach of today. Through trial, error, and experience, they have not only set the standards but more than that, they have carved out the role of what a weightlifting coach should be.


In this episode, these three world-leading coaches share their experiences and expertise with Managing Editor Becca Borawski Jenkins and Coach Chet Morjaria.


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Meet our panel of experts:


  • Bob Takano - Inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007, Bob has coached four national champions, two national record holders, two Pan American champions, and an Olympian. He is on the teaching staff for the USAW Weightlifting Coaching Education program.
  • Greg Everett - Owner of Catalyst Athletics, head coach of the Catalyst Athletics weightlifting team, publisher of The Performance Menu, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, and the director and writer of the documentary American Weightlifting
  • Ursula Garza Papandrea - Two-time senior national champion, two-time Olympic Festival champion, five-time world team member, and former record holder in both snatch and clean and jerk. She is the first and only woman to attain USA Weightlifting’s highest coaching level, Senior International Coach, which she earned back in 2003. She has been part of the CrossFit Weightlifting Certification Staff since 2009.


00:33 - Introduction to guests
01:43 - Background and athletic careers of guests
12:03 - Advice for those wanting to be a weightlifting coach
18:30 - How coaching works in the Eastern bloc versus USA
24:37 - How to put better systems in place for coaches and athletes 
31:51 - CrossFit and the increasing number of coaches and athletes
33:30 - Using the Olympic lifts to do conditioning work
34:45 - Weightlifting from an early age
37:52 - The simplicity of coaching weightlifting
41:17 - The evolution of weightlifting coaching
47:00 - How someone with competitive aspirations can source a good coach
58:12 - Balancing performance of the lifts with mobility work
1:03:10 - Internal or external rotation in the snatch receive
1:08:01 - Websites and other details