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    Garage Strength — functional movement

    Recap of the 2016 American Open

    Recap of the 2016 American Open
    The Garage Strength Weightlifting went down to Orlando with a few goals in mind. We wanted to get our junior lifters in a strong position on the first ranking for the Junior World team.  We also wanted to get a bunch of rookie lifters to feel comfortable on the national stage. We accomplished just about every goal we had set out to do.  I am extremely proud of our results and will go lifter by lifter.  I will also rant about the horrible officiating I witnessed that could place a serious damper on our sport if it is not dealt with properly.  

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    What To Do When You Fail ...

    What To Do When You Fail ...

    When You Fail…

    Have a prepared list of questions. Checkdown each option and see what happened to cause a failed lift.
    1. Did you miss because of a technical error or mental error?

    2. Were you focused prior to the rep?

    3. Were you focused on hitting positions or just blasting through the lift?

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    Weightlifting Talk with Travis Mash

    Weightlifting Talk with Travis Mash

    Just got off the phone with Travis Mash and Wil Fleming. People wonder why coaches are successful and why they have athletes consistently putting out big totals. They will sit there as the Monday morning quarterback and talk trash about their methods, accuse them of drug usage and come up with 30 other reasons as to why their lifters aren't as strong.

    I fall into this same boat. Prior to the phone call, I felt that Nathan Damron squatting 300k was stupid. I have criticized other coaches and their training methods amongst my lifters without fully comprehending their system of training. After having a great discussion with Mash I learned a few things.

    1. Atmosphere is what matters most. Being positive and having a happy environment that focuses on positive improvements is what makes for a great lifting team. Speaking negatively about ANYTHING is pointless.

    2. Communication is king. Develop a healthy relationship with your lifters and gain their trust to ensure they continue communicating. The more lines of communication there are, the more developed the relationship will be between athlete and coach!

    3. Practice what you preach. I know everyone hears this all the time but they don't analyze it from different walks of life. Sure, Travis Mash was one of the best power lifters to walk the planet and he is still as strong as an ox...with that being said, he works his ass off and runs a successful business. His athletes see him not only as a great coach but also as a great business person that is motivated and willing to make sacrifices for his lifters. That generates a bond between he and his athletes that is hard to replicate.

    4. Learn outside the box. Read books and content from coaches that are not in your specific field of work. Something that a swimming coach does in training, can be something that a weightlifting applies and finds to be very successful in their own system!

    5. Take Earth Fed Muscle. Travis said it himself....Damron squatted 300k, solely because he takes EFM!!! Lol

    Speed Improvement in Weightlifting

    Speed Improvement in Weightlifting
    Improvement of different training qualities is the most intriguing part behind coaching (in my opinion).  I enjoy studying psychology behind training and motivation and technique and learning new movements but I truly enjoy analyzing the best way to improve various qualities at one time.  Such qualities might be: speed, strength, conditioning and skill.  It is important to analyze each quality, place a value upon each quality and the importance each modality has on the athlete’s success in their given sport.  

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