October 24, 2018

In this video blog, Olympian and International Coach Cara Heads Slaughter reviews her top 5 tips to prepare for and ensure a productive weightlifting training day when testing with heavy singles.

Tip #1: Chill on the pre-workout

Tip #2: Eat and hydrate properly

Tip #3: Do...

September 11, 2018

Over time, I've observed that athletes new to competitive weightlifting approach their training as simply completing their lifting  program. Some don't seem to fully understand or appreciate the value of preparation for competition.

With newer athletes (and with some ex...

March 30, 2017

Recently, I overheard a conversation with a competitive weightlifter describing their coaching support. In a nutshell, they defined a weightlifting coach rather simply as having two primary responsibilities- technique and programming. My experience as an athlete taught...

March 24, 2017

In my 18 years as a competitive weightlifter, I learned first-hand that good (and great) coaches are committed to making their athletes better, faster.  The most destructive thing a lifter can do to slow their development is to get in their own way by responding to the...

September 11, 2016

I had the pleasure of teaching a snatch clinic recently at Speed Power Strength, an ELEIKO certified facility in Oakland, California. During the clinic, I was asked to help an athlete better understand how to pull down under the bar. The athlete was a national-level co...

August 21, 2016

I was fortunate to attend the 2016 Rio Games over six days with my husband Lance and the experience exceeded our most hopeful expectations. The clear highlights of our trip were seeing the first medal for USA Weightlifting since 2000, getting to see a few of the track...

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