Another visit to Nat Arem and the Hookgrip Palace!

I return to the Hookgrip Palace cafeteria for more weightlifting talk with Nat Arem. We go over some predictions and thoughts on the upcoming (or currently happening) Pan Am Games and American Open Series 2, speculate on potential Olympic hopefuls, and then dive into some crazy results from Junior athletes in the 1980s. Enjoy!

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ATG and Team USA update with Gregor!

Gregor of ATG and I were on a call and decided to record it for a little podcast episode. We talk about visiting some of Team USA as they prepare for the upcoming PanAm Games (Jourdan Delacruz, Harrison Maurus, Kate Nye, and Mattie Sasser), Kate Nye’s huge training lifts from the session, some upcoming ATG projects, and what it’s like filming in a training hall (along with a digression on what I used to film the athletes). Enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Field report! A visit to hookgrip palace and Nat Arem

While on a trip to New Jersey I stopped down in the southern part of the state to visit Nat Arem at the hookgrip palace. We recorded a nearly three-hour podcast episode while enjoying some fine NJ-diner dining; topics included the upcoming Junior Worlds, the 2020 Qualification system, defining a “great” weightlifter, the HBO show “Chernobyl,” and much more. Enjoy!

one half of the palace…
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More USAW Nationals 2019! Second Field Report

Another post-competition update from Memphis, Tennessee. After 28-ish minutes of rambling conversations—including a discussion of my hotel check-in issues—we eventually get to talking about weightlifting, including Hunter Elam’s performance in the 59s, Travis Cooper in the 81s, some other highlights from the day, our expectations for the final day of the competition, and our efforts at teasing out the logic of the Olympic Qualification procedure for Tokyo 2020. Enjoy!

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Field Report 6! The biggest episode yet!

Nat and Gregor check in with a HUGE three-hour update from the Asian Championships in Ningbo, China. Topics include:

  • their police interview!
  • Recapping the 109kg session with Akbar Djuraev 6/6 with Junior World Records and Ali Hashemi’s 225kg.
  • video reviews in weightlifting (first implemented in Las Vegas at Youth Worlds)
  • Women’s 87kg with Wang Zhouyu’s dominance and the implications for Zhang Wangli’s chances of making the Chinese Olympic team
  • the price of iPhones in China
  • The Ararefugee Games Platform
  • a lengthy discussion on weightlifting platforms, cost of having an elevated platform
  • the Porsche 919 EVO Hybrid record lap time for the Nordschleife
  • Nat’s experience at USAW competitions
  • Team USA’s great performance at Pan Ams
  • Hookgrip’s vs ATG’s Instagram ability to grow on instagram (with Germany being so anti social media)
  • Nat’s criteria for posting lifts on hookgrip’s instagram (drugged vs non-drugged lifters)
  • Thoughts on the upcoming Super Session!

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Field Report 5! Another huge update from the Asian Championships

Weightlifting and Chinese banking experts Nat and Gregor check in with more shenanigans from the Asian Championships in Ningbo, China. After a discussion of a police visit to the hotel room the weightlifting content starts at about minute 30. Enjoy!

Weightlifting talk starts at 30 minutes

  • Before that we talk about having police visit us in our hotel room
  • what were exciting sessions so far
  • women’s 76kg session with Zhang Wangli and Rim Jong Sim
  • THE key to Chinese weightlifting success
  • Pan Ams: Kate Nye vs Mattie Rogers
atg coin flip

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