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You’re Fired: 5 Reasons to Dump Your Olympic Weightlifting Coach

By Amber Sheppard This piece was written by Amber Sheppard, a weightlifting coach and all-around awesome human out of Mississippi. Amber founded and currently runs the non-profit Mississippi Barbell, the first USAW club in that state. She is the top ranked female USA Weightlifting coach in Mississippi, has coached national and international athletes (medalists in power lifting […]

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How to Tell You Need a Weightlifting Coach

If this article had been written ten years ago, the advice would have been different. It wouldn’t have been “Do you need a weightlifting coach?”. It would have been “Good luck finding one, whether you need one or not.”. Thanks to a surging popularity in the sport combined with major advancements in technology and social […]

The Truth About Online Coaching

Tom Sroka, founder of The Strength Agenda, is a top-level weightlifting competitor, having won the 2013 American Open in the 105+kg division. He was a member on the team at California Strength, as well as an original member of TeamMDUSA. Tom has worked with elite-level coaches like Glenn Pendlay, Travis Mash, Don McCauley and Rudy […]

Effective Communication Between Coach And Athlete

When naming skills a successful individual should possess, communication should be at the top of the list. It seems like a no brainer but it seems to be a hard attribute to find in coaches or weightlifting these days. Without communication, from both sides, a coach/athlete relationship will be doomed to fail. Expectations Of A […]

Thoughts from a Weightlifting Coach

There are coaches of the weightlifting lifts and weightlifting coaches.  Not sure if that makes sense, but I will try to make a point at some time throughout this post/rant.  Stick with me.  I came into the sport of weightlifting through CrossFit about 2 1/2 years ago.  I had seen Weightlifting in the Olympics, and call […]


Why I’m Leaving MDUSA

Hey folks, it’s been a while since I delved into anything personal on the site, but since this impacts some of the information I share with you, I wanted to share it here. After much deliberation, I’ve decided to leave TeamMDUSA, my training home for the past three-ish years. This past year has been filled […]

10 Signs To Look For When Picking A Coach

Image Source  Ara Parasheghian, football coach at the University of Notre Dame, once said “A good coach will make his (athletes) see what they can be rather than what they are.” No matter the age or competitive level, most of us involved in sports need a coach of some sort. Whether you rely on a […]