Olympic Committee Features Coach Newton in US Coaching Newsletter

Olympic Coach Harvey Newton recently was asked to contribute an article to the USOC’s August Team USA Coaching Newsletter. "USA Weightlifting asked elite coaches to contribute content applicable to Olympic Family coaches and athletes. This is what I do on a regular basis, so pulling this piece together was easy," Newton said.

He continued, "Proper strength training involves a number of variables. I always find it worthwhile to educate coaches on proper terminology so as to get everyone on the same page. But the article’s bottom line is to encourage, where appropriate, coaches to consider the use of weightlifting training for non-lifter athletes."

Below is a link to read Coach Newton’s blog that includes the full article, Weightlifting: Strength & Power for All Sports

Read Coach Newton's full article: Writing for US Olympic Committee’s Coaching Newsletter

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"Dear Harvey-

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."

Stephen Wells
Hope College