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Coach Newton Looks Back at the Press
The O, OLift Magazine’s monthly e-zine, features this month an article on the press by Olympic Coach Harvey Newton. “The press was part of our competitive format until 1973. But few lifters today seem to devote an adequate amount of training to pressing movements,” Newton says.
Reflecting on the eventual loss of the press due to a failure to enforce the technical rules of the day, Newton argues for the inclusion of 10-12% of some sort of pressing action in a lifter’s training program. “As with chains, we’re only as strong as our weakest link …. and upper body pushing is now often that weakness.”
Coach Newton is featured in the October/November print copy of OLift Magazine that has just been published. “Our sport has had regions and regional championships since the mid-1960s,” Newton said. “Later, when I was USAW Executive Director, we created regional training centers. While this latter program expanded minus the original criteria, today we have virtually no recognition of regions.”
In a country as large as the United States, re-establishing a regional structure for the sport makes sense, in terms of athlete development, coaching responsibilities, and administrative functions, according to Newton.
The June 2014 OLift Magazine, the leading USA weightlifting publication, contains an article by Coach Harvey Newton entitled, “Weightlifters: How Many Do We Really Need?” The print version has just been issued, the digital copy was available weeks earlier.
“It was interesting to compare USAW membership numbers over the years,” said Newton. “One repeated suggestion for improving the sport in America is to grow the membership. What is needed is better quality, not more quantity, of lifters. Besides, USAW’s current membership numbers are misleading and do not reflect the actual number of lifters competing.”
“OLift remains the finest lifting publication available in this country at the time,” says Coach Newton. “Lifters and coaches need to support this venture and keep it going.” Other stories in the June issue include a write-up on the Charleston (IL) Weightlifting Club, the use of yoga for improved lifting, volume and intensity guidelines for juniors, and a number of other topics. For more information, http://www.theoliftmag.com.
Newton Sports is Pleased to Announce Two Additional Locations and Dates for the Popular Seminar, High Performance Weightlifting: As Sport, For Sport
“I’m honored to present this two-day program along with Olympians Cara Heads (2000) and Derrick Crass (1984, 1988),” says Coach Harvey Newton. “We strongly believe that professionals from many fields will discover this program greatly enhances their working knowledge of weightlifting, whether applied to the competitive lifter or to an athlete seeking greater strength and power on the field or court.”
Cara Heads Fitness and Performance will host the two-day program at Georgetown University, September 27-28. NSCA and CSCCa CEUs are provided by Newton Sports. For details and registration, please check here
The program is also offered October 18-19 in St. Louis, with Derrick Crass as host. Newton Sports provides CEUs for NSCA, CSCCa, and Board of Certification (athletic trainers). For details and registration, please check here.
Newton Sports Announces New Series of Programs Providing CEU Credits to Fitness Professionals
Newton Sports recently announced a new series of programs that provide continuing education unit (CEU) credits to fitness professionals. Newton Sports is an official CEU provider for Board of Certification, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
“Our first two-day program in 2014 is in Savannah, GA, November 15-16. I’m pleased to partner with strength coach Robert LeFavi, PhD on this particular program,” said Harvey Newton. “The program, entitled High Performance Weightlifting: As Sport, For Sport, is aimed at sports medicine and fitness professionals likely to interact with explosive lifting participants.” For more information or registration click here.
The number of CEUs awarded varies with the standards established by the granting organizations. Other programs in various locations are in the planning stage. For full details on other programs please check Programs, then look for the Newton Sports CEU Provider logo (shown above). For more information or to request a program at your location, contact us.
Coach Newton Joins Fellow Coaches Takano and Nielsen to Open a New Training Center
Coach Bob Takano recently announced the opening of his new high-performance weightlifting training center in the Los Angeles area. According to his press release, the Takano Athletics gym will hold its grand opening June 28-29 at its new location of 6036 Variel Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA.
Coach Harvey Newton agreed to serve on Takano’s advisory board, along with participate with Takano and fellow Olympic coach Roger Nielsen at the new facility’s grand opening. According to Newton, “Bob, Roger, and I have worked together for years. I’m pleased to see Bob open this new operation that will no doubt be THE place to train on the West Coast.”
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the weightlifting certification. It was a major paradigm shift in many ways, especially learning of the important of the power position and ankle mobility for weightlifting.
At first I was somewhat frustrated, as I struggled conceptualizing the teaching of weightlifting in this manner to athletes. Then, I looked at myself in the power position and realized how closely it mimics a vertical jump, and changed my mind. After a week of focus on this position, my dunking ability is improving.
I also really appreciated your honesty on what your experience taught you to be true, and teaching us more useful information than we would have received otherwise. It was great getting to know you as a person and a coach, and I hope all is well with you."