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Another Huge US National Championships
The 2015 USA Weightlifting National Championships was billed as the largest and most exciting event ever. True, there were many outstanding performances, as one would expect. "But a solid one-third of the competitors (452 entries) either failed to total (72) or totaled less than the qualifying total (82)," said Coach Harvey Newton. "Why so much failure?"
"As pointed out in last month's blog, in just looking at the numbers it's clear there a fairly significant gap between success rates of the international elite and our current crop of lifters," Newton continued. "As I’ve always said, it doesn't matter what you start with, it's how you finish up."
Newton Sports is pleased to partner with the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority to provide special ticket pricing for the upcoming 2015 World Weightlifting Championships. The World’s are scheduled for November 20-28, 2015 (yes, that includes Thanksgiving).
The last senior world championships held in the United States occurred in 1978, although technically, the 1984 world champions gained their titles in conjunction with the Olympic Games in Los Angeles that year. More recently both the women’s and junior world championships have been held in the United States.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to see the World’s best lifters in action,” says Harvey Newton. “With all the new converts to weightlifting in this country I expect record-breaking crowds to attend. Individuals may obtain event tickets at a 10% discount by using the promo code provided at www.Newton-Sports.com.”
DC Blocks, the most portable and easily adjusted pulling and jerk blocks, recently announced a new design that makes the blocks stronger and more easily adjusted than ever.
According to Olympic Team Coach Harvey Newton, "Derrick Crass has created a new crenellated connecting structure that radically improves the blocks' strength and durability. DC Training Concepts also created a flat toppiece for those wishing to use the blocks for box squats."
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, https://www.theoliftmag.com.
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."