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!
More in our continuing series of informal recordings from the World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. In addition to the day’s sessions and some training hall info, we discuss finally finding some good coffee AND we get some inside information from USAW’s Pedro Meloni on an upcoming rule change in the IWF regarding touching the barbell. Enjoy!
More updates from Ashgabat and the 2018 World Championships! We cover the day’s sessions (which included the *amazing* men’s 81A session), chat with the Japanese team’s Hideyuki Nagao, get some inside info on what athletes have been doing in the training hall, and otherwise fill the time with our usual banter. Enjoy!
More recordings from out and about at the 2018 World Championships! We recap the women’s 59A, Rebeka Koha’s performance, make predictions on the men’s 73A, and then (later) see how our predictions played out after the session ended. For the first part of the episode we also have Kelsey Kennedy (USAW’s Marketing & Content Manager) share some insight into Team USA’s training camp in Germany and the differences between the athlete lodging (where she is) and the Sport Hotel (where officials and media are). Enjoy!
Another series of impromptu recordings from the World Championships! There’s some wind noise early on affecting audio quality, but that’s unavoidable when you take the show out of the studio and into the world. We discuss some training hall lifts, questionable judging, the Worlds MVP spectator, and even get a visit by the director of the broadcast to talk about the challenges of covering weightlifting for a live feed. Enjoy!
Day 2 of our special reports from Ashgabat and the 2018 World Championships! Gregor and I just brought the Zoom H1n recorder along with us and captured some impromptu conversations: a chat over breakfast, one during a midday break, and one at the end of the day. The environment can be quite noisy at times (and therefore a bit tough to here us in spots) but it gives you a sense of the atmosphere at Worlds (we hope). Special guest appearances include: Mike Choi, Mark Cannella, Sean Waxman, JP Nicoletta, and Nat Arem of hookgrip. Enjoy!
Since Gregor (of ATG fame) and I are currently in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to help cover the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships he thought it would be fun to do a very informal podcast recording of us chatting at the end of the day. The idea was borne of the fact that this is generally what happens at the end of the day for any competition: you sit around and talk about weightlifting, despite having just spent the past 10-12 hours watching/talking about weightlifting. Who doesn’t want more weightlifting?! So enjoy, if you like, 40-ish minutes of us, unedited, chatting about weightlifting, the city, the venue, the training hall, and anything else that comes to mind. Hopefully there will be more to come!
We sat down with Kevin Simons—coach to Harrison Maurus and several other great athletes—for a conversation on coaching Youth athletes, how he developed as a coach, Harrison’s amazing strength journey, and much more. This was our first time recording an episode in person with a guest so we decided to film it as well as record audio (although the camera battery died toward the end). We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
Huge thanks to Kevin for taking the time to do this during his *extremely* busy weekend of coaching at the American Open Series III in Las Vegas. And big thanks to Gregor of ATG for providing the footage of Harrison Maurus training!