Bob Takano

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To be a good weightlifting coach you must understand the full scope of what you are coaching, and the order in which to address it. I'm going to break it down, component by component, and show you.
The relationship between jumping ability and weightlifting performance is strong, but how do you build your jumping? Here are some drills appropriate for lifters of all ages and stages of development.
Here's some footage from last year's American Record Makers competition. This snatch by Nghiep Dinh earned him the first place spot in the men's weightlifting competition.
In this country we have a prolonged history of ignoring the science involved in physical training. The end results of training can be glamorous, but the real skill is in the structure and planning.
After losing the grip during the rack for the clean, Johnny went on to drive the weight overhead and set a nice PR. As a coach, I love this kind of heart in my lifters!
This video of a former national champion at a recent Olympic lifting meet exemplifies perfect snatch technique. Watch and learn!
This video brings to light another small technical difficulty that makes for good study material for aspiring coaches.
This video of one of my lifters demonstrates how a slight change in balance can affect your lifts, even in spite of perfect pulling technique.
In this video of a student's clean and jerk, a number of technical items can be observed. I had to evaluate them in order to make the adjustment for the call of the next weight.
If you have spent time around expert coaches, you know they see things normal humans don't. How did they develop this skill? Learn step-by-step how to develop the coaching eye for weightlifting.
Here are some videos of my first training sessions and competitions with Lindsey Valenzuela, taken in 2010 and 2011. As you will see, she progressed quickly.
Some people may not want to hear this, but the younger you are, the faster you are going to learn the Olympic lifts. The time to start is now.