Harvey Newton, MA, CSCS opened his first issue of Strength & Health “a long time ago,” during the heyday of American weightlifting, and was immediately hooked on the world’s most powerful sport. From the beginning he has been a strong leader at all levels in weightlifting and strength training as an athlete, coach, administrator, and educator. Harvey competed in weightlifting for 17 years, achieving modest results as a local and regional lifter.
While competing and coaching at the University of Central Florida, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Coach Newton expanded his sphere of influence with sport-specific clinics and training camps for athletes and coaches of dozens of sports. Later, at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) Newton obtained his master’s in sociology, with an emphasis on coaches’ education.
Coach Newton’s first international coaching assignment came while he was still active as an athlete. Coaching weightlifting has taken him to all corners of the globe and culminated with his head coach position for the USA Olympic Weightlifting Team in 1984. He was USA Weightlifting’s first national coach (1981-84) and served as that group’s executive director (1982-88). Coach Newton is one of the original five US coaches to receive the coveted Senior International Coach status.
For the past 30 years Coach Newton has influenced countless individuals and teams with his knowledge of weightlifting and strength training. He has been the featured lecturer on several International Olympic Committee Solidarity courses and has consulted at all levels on athlete and coach education and development, in addition to organizing and conducting major athletic events. During the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games, Harvey Newton was a key part of the NBC-Sports weightlifting team.
Coach Newton authored the popular Explosive Lifting for Sports book and DVD for Human Kinetics. Additionally he assists Dartfish, the leader in human motion analysis, on numerous projects, including his cooperative development of the DVD, Weightlifting: Beyond the Basics. His popular Strength Training for Cyclists videotape series has recently been updated and is now available as a DVD.
Coach Newton worked extensively with the late Ed Burke, PhD on several cycling educational publications and projects. He has co-authored or contributed to numerous books and publications on cycling. A Level 2 USA Cycling coach, Harvey was the strength training advisor to USA Cycling and continues to assist USAC in their efforts at educating athletes and coaches.
Newton is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching and the Annual Review of Golf Coaching.
Newton Sports was created in 1989 to assist those from all walks of life cut through much of the contradictory and sometimes confusing information on the topic of weightlifting and strength training. He’s a straight shooter, providing solid and easy-to-understand details on safe and proper resistance training methods. He is often quoted in popular media on a wide range of topics and has served as an expert in related legal cases.
Harvey Newton and Newton Sports are dedicated to helping others achieve success in the weightroom and in life. These days Coach Newton is found either in Ormond Beach, FL or on Maui, HI. He remains active with lifting, cycling, paddling surfskis, coaching, and writing.