Greetings from Taiwan! In this short episode, Gregor (of ATG) and I update you on our current trip to visit Kuo Hsing-Chun and her coach. We go over what we’ve done and seen (and eaten) so far, from Taipei to Kaohsiung to Taitung. Enjoy!
Few weightlifting meets—if any—are as legendary as the Arnold Weightlifting Championships, held every year in Columbus, Ohio (and part of the much larger Arnold Expo, which features dozens of sports). For this episode we spoke with Mark Cannella—the founder and Meet Director of the Arnold Weightlifting Championships—and our good friend Joel Quintong, who’s been to more Arnold Championships than just about anyone (except Cannella). We look at the history of the competition and reminisce over some of our favorite moments from past events. Please note that Cannella was literally in the midst of setting up for this year’s Arnold (which is also the AO Series 1), so there are moments of some really rough audio and background noise due to the construction going on. Otherwise, enjoy!
Dr Westbrook and I spent a solid hour and a quarter chatting with Kate Nye, an athlete who has distinguished herself nationally and internationally in just a few short years (2018 Jr Worlds Silver medallist, Jr and Sr American record holder in the snatch, to name just a couple of her accomplishments). Enjoy!
Now that we’ve all settled in post-World Championships we got together (online) for a little more podcasting. I’m joined by Gregor, Sean Waxman, JP Nicoletta, Mark Cannella, Mike Choi, and Dr Westbrook. We go over our memories of the Worlds and generally just ramble, as is our habit. Enjoy!
The final day of the competition! We chat with a local, briefly recap the final sessions, speculate on next year’s Worlds, hear Nat Arem lament the perception of doping by outsiders, and share some of our favorite lifts of the competition. Also includes some random appearances by anyone who happened to walk by during recording. Enjoy!
Possibly our most scattered episode yet! We discuss the usual happenings (including Ilyin’s trolling of the weightlifting community), have special guest Viviana Podhaiski of everyday lifters join us for a bit, and ultimately end up in the swankiest yurt I’ve ever seen. Enjoy!
Some more great casual conversations from the 2018 Worlds. To start we hear some detailed information from Nat Arem on the inner workings of hookgrip and the difficulties of shooting, editing, and sharing good weightlifting footage. Later in the day we recap the sessions, including Lydia Valentin’s (relatively) easy victory and the shenanigans of Ilya Ilyin’s competition card and the men’s 102A. Enjoy!
Today: Gregor does some curls! In addition to our usual banter, we had the pleasure of getting Maged Salama of Egypt to sit down with us for a bit. Maged coached Germany’s Matthias Steiner in the past and currently works with Meso Hassona of Qatar. There’s also the usual discussion of competition antics, competition mistakes, and recaps. Enjoy!