#CoachesOnly Conference
16-17 October 2021

"C|O may be the most valuable opportunity a weightlifting coach has to improve"
Wil Fleming
1Kilo Weightlifting

THE BEST THING FOR WEIGHTLIFTING COACHES IS BACK, AGAIN.

Our first two #CoachesOnly online conferences in February and June 2021 brought weightlifting coaches from all over the world together online to learn from speakers who are at the top of their game.

The next online event is on 16-17 October 2021 and we would love you to join us.

The format will be the same as the previous events – eight speakers split over two days, plus round table conversations. 

Recordings of all eight sessions and the two round table conversations will be made available to ticket holders for 1 week after the event

 

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“The Coaches Only event is not just a perfect way to allow developing coaches - which we should all strive to be indefinitely - access to the insights and experience of successful coaches, but for those experienced coaches to connect with others and continue their own improvement"​
Greg Evertt
Catalyst Athletics
"The first Coaches Only seminar exceeded my expectations in every way. The challenges of doing a virtual coaching seminar as well as getting experts on board to produce information that isn’t already readily available is immense. Weightlifting House accomplished this task and more. I was shocked at how much I was able to immediately apply to my own coaching."
Spencer Arnold
Power and Grace Performance

Dave Spitz 

The Business of Running a Successful Weightlifting Gym

As the owner of the largest weightlifting team in the world, made up of thousands of weightlifters, Dave Spitz has spent significant time considering the importance of branding and business as a way to support his athletes. 

Dave’s dedication to the business that is California Strength has afforded him the ability to financially support certain athletes and provide them with the best recovery resources available. There is no doubt that this has helped build better athletes, which, in turn, has built a better business.

Dave will talk with us about the importance of focusing on building a business and successfully branding it, as well as the specifics of doing so. He will leave you with some practical, tangible, implementable takeaways.  

In his roles as head coach of California Strength, and USAW Senior International Coach. Dave has produced numerous national team titles, American records, international medals, and Olympians.

Jean-Patrick Millette

The Scientific Method of Programming

When a young coach helps a relatively new weightlifter (Maude Charron) take Olympic gold, you take note. 

JP uses what he calls ‘The Scientific Method’ to get to the bottom of what is most necessary for each individual athlete. This involves a mixture of first principles thinking along with a fresh outlook on what clean weightlifters really need, rather than what weightlifters have always done in the past. Using this method, JP has been able to accelerate the process of developing excellence.

JP will explain to us, for the first time publicly, exactly how this process of first-principles thinking works, and how he has used it to develop some of Canada’s best weightlifters.

Jean-Patrick Millette has a BSc in Kinesiology and studied Neuroscience at a masters level. He is the head coach of Club Les Géants de Montréal where he coaches, most notably Olympians Maude Charron, Kristel Ngarlem and international lifter Alex Bellemarre. JP also owns First Pull where he provides educational writing for other coaches. Most recently JP took Maude Charron and Kristel Ngarlem to the Tokyo Olympics, returning with a gold medal and a few records alongside. 

Michaela Breeze 

Weightlifting Terminology For Better Coaching

Choosing words for cues, instructions and explanations is in many ways the unspoken art of coaching and is often overlooked in favour of programming.  However, when a coach spends hours a day in front of their athletes, the way that they speak to them is as important, if not more so, than the writing on the paper. The selection of terminology to convey intent to an athlete can decide whether they make a positive change.

Michaela has experience of being both athlete and coach; both the receiver and giver of cues, instructions and explanations. She will talk about how coaches can do a better job at conveying specific meaning to their athletes rather than just yelling general ‘noise’.

Michaela Breeze MBE ​a double Olympian and​ won six medals over four Commonwealth Games including Gold in the 2006 Games in Melbourne. Since retiring as an athlete, she has become a successful coach and educator of coaches. Through her television commentary, she is also one of the most recognisable voices in the sport.

Dr Sergii Putsov

Implementing Soviet Research In Modern Programming

Soviet weightlifting research is the foundation upon which all modern-day programming is built. Though much of today’s programming differs, the science backing it is still truly valuable.

But how can we implement research that was conducted on athletes who grew up in a system that looks so different from the decentralised systems of today?

In this session, Sergii will explain how we can take maximum value from the work of the Soviets while avoiding things that will not work in the different environments that we work in.

Dr. Sergii Putsov has a PhD in Sport Science under famed Soviet researcher Dr. Valentin Oleshko, who conducted and wrote much of this research. Better than most existing coaches, Sergii not only has a deep understanding of the Soviet research, but has bridged the gap with more modern systems of developing weightlifters.

Earlier in his life Sergii competed as a professional weightlifter in Ukraine, before becoming a weightlifting and S&C coach in 2006. He also co-owns several strength education businesses.

Danny Camargo

The Negotiables and Non-negotiables of Technique

Having access to, and understanding a technical model against which all athletes can be compared is useful as a coach. However, anthropometry among other factors differ wildly from athlete to athlete, and what looks right on one athlete looks awkward on another. Understanding the parts of technique and bar path that are non-negotiable and those that are negotiable, influenced by individual factors, is a skill that can differentiate good coaches from great coaches.  

Danny Camargo began his weightlifting journey over three decades ago as a competitor, reaching international heights and setting national Jr. records. Since, he has gone on to found and run one of the largest weightlifting gyms in the USA, Oly Concepts. With over a hundred weightlifters looking to him as a coach, his ability to create a technical model while allowing for individuals to shine through has helped him grow one of the most dominant teams in the country. Danny is a Senior International Level Coach, was head coach of Team USA at the 2015 World Championships, and is author of the book ‘Olympic Weightlifting: Cues & Corrections’.

Stu Martin

Strength & Conditioning for Weightlifters

It could be easy to make the mistake of thinking that weightlifters do not need to worry about general strength and conditioning. However, successful coaches know that weightlifters have much in common with other athletes. To develop sustainably and reach peak performance, they need to address weaknesses with more than just the usual platform lifts and squats.

In this session, Stu will explain how strength and conditioning approaches can be applied in weightlifting to tackle imbalances, help mitigate (or manage) the risk of injuries and ultimately maximise performance. 

Stu Martin has been leading efforts to increase elite performance for British Weight Lifting for over four years. In that time, the national team has won medals at Commonwealth Games, European Championships and, for the first time in decades, the Olympic Games. Stu has also taken a key role in creating performance pathways in both weightlifting and para powerlifting. Prior to his role at a national level, Stu ran a successful university weightlifting club and spent time as an S&C coach for several sports. 

 

 

Harvey Newton

Programming for the Everyday Athlete

The ability to carefully program and coach for the everyday man and woman, rather than the elite, is important as you grow your athlete clientele. With such a diverse range of athletes coming into your gym, both in terms of age and previous experience with sports, your approach to getting them started is key to getting them hooked, and, most importantly, helping them reach their athletic potential.

Harvey Newton has been involved in Weightlifting longer than most. He was USA Weightlifting’s first national team coach in 1981, served as the head coach for the 1984 Olympic Games in LA, and is also the former executive director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Harvey is a USAC Level 2 coach, a USA Weightlifting Senior International Coach, and the Executive Director of Weightlifting at SportsEd TV.

 

 

Tina Ball

The Coach-Athlete Relationship

The coach-athlete relationship is one of the most important parts of the equation to weightlifting success. This ever excelling symbiotic relationship helps nurture trust, buy-in, and can even cover for minor programming errors.

Tina Ball, head coach at Strength HQ Weightlifting, has formed one of the most powerful relationships with her athlete David Liti on the international weightlifting scene. Her obvious commitment to David’s pursuit of success and the effort that she is willing to put in has helped him rise through the international rankings extremely fast. Their relationship is unique, honest, and fiercely tight, and for that reason, a tremendous success. She uniquely unlocks the inner motivation of her athletes like no other. 

Tina will be talking with us about the rules and tips of relationship formation, and how she and David have achieved what they have through their relationship-driven program.

Tina has coached at three Commonwealth Games, as well as the World Championships and Olympics, and is President of Olympic Weightlifting Auckland.

Layout

Over the course of the weekend, each speaker will deliver an uninterrupted online lecture via ZOOM for 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A from you, mediated by Seb. 

Each day will finish with a free-form round table with multiple speakers.

You will be granted access to the speakers’ slides and recordings after the event, and for some sessions you can send your questions in advance to charlotte@weightliftinghouse.com.

Saturday 16th October

08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST (UK)
Sergii Putsov

09:30 PDT / 12:30 EDT / 17:30 BST (UK)
Stu Martin

11:00 PDT / 14:00 EDT/ 19:00 BST(UK)
Tina Ball

12:30 PDT / 15:30 EDT/ 20:30 BST (UK)
 Dave Spitz

14:00 PDT / 17:00 EDT / 22:00 BST (UK)
Round Table – Running and Maintaining a Successful Club

Sunday 17th October

08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST (UK)
Danny Camargo

09:30 PDT / 12:30 EDT / 17:30 BST (UK)
Michaela Breeze

11:00 PDT / 14:00 EDT/ 19:00 BST(UK)
Harvey Newton

12:30 PDT / 15:30 EDT/ 20:30 BST (UK)
Jean-Patrick Millette

14:00 PDT / 17:00 EDT / 22:00 BST (UK)
Round Table – A Clean Future

What People Say About #CoachesOnly

"C|O may be the most valuable opportunity a weightlifting coach has to improve in today's field. Never in history have this many accomplished coaches gotten together to talk about the most current and applicable coaching techniques in weightlifting."
Wil Fleming
1Kilo Weightlifting
“Seb and his team have created an opportunity for Coaches of all levels to enjoy and become a part of a new community. One of such incredible value and significance. I listened and learned from the very best our sport has to offer. ”
Justin Holly
Willpower Weightlifting
“The coaches only lectures must be of great value to new coaches and for considering different approaches to different subjects. A very valuable way of getting new ideas across from top people in the world. It encourages coaches to have an open mind about some very technical and complex issues. Very well organised”
Cyril Martin
“The value of this event is outstanding for the weightlifting community”​
Sergii Putsov
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Why Coaches Only?

After hundreds of interviews with coaches it has become apparent that there is a need for a community for weightlifting coaches to come to learn together, where we can have much deeper, more practical, more cutting edge conversations. Areas can then be addressed which can’t be reached during a podcast. By giving the speakers several months to prepare these highly targeted presentations aimed specifically at coaches, the quality of information is unlike anything else we’ve ever seen in weightlifting.

Seb Ostrowicz – Founder of Weightlifting House

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