Articles by Matt Foreman



Matt Foreman is the football and track & field coach at Mountain View High School in Phoenix, AZ. A competitive weightliter for twenty years, Foreman is a four-time National Championship bronze medalist, two-time American Open silver medalist, three-time American Open bronze medalist, two-time National Collegiate Champion, 2004 US Olympic Trials competitor, 2000 World University Championship Team USA competitor, and Arizona and Washington state record-holder. He was also First Team All-Region high school football player, lettered in high school wrestling and track, a high school national powerlifting champion, and a Scottish Highland Games competitor. Foreman has coached multiple regional, state, and national champions in track & field, powerlifting, and weightlifting, and was an assistant coach on 5A Arizona state runner-up football and track teams. He is the author of the books Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 & Beyond and Bones of Iron: Collected Articles on the Life of the Strength Athlete.
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Lessons from a Legend’s Life: Mario Martinez
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 16 2018 | Comments (2)

Today is January 15, 2018, and I’m writing this because I found out this morning that Mario Martinez died yesterday at the age of 60.   Many of you are newer-generatio... Continue reading
Work to Control Your Mind… Not Your Environment
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 15 2018 | Comments (7)

A while back, Greg wrote an article about the garage mentality in weightlifting. When I read it, lots of little pops and clicks started going off in my brain. So I decided to follo... Continue reading
Strategies for Becoming a Control Freak: A Necessity in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 1 2018 | Comments

I’m going to get to the point of this one in a roundabout way, so just hang with me for a second.   For those of you who don’t know, I’m a rabid boxing fan... Continue reading
How to Pick the Right Warm-up Weights
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 18 2017 | Comments (6)

Let’s talk about how to pick the proper warmup weights when you’re working up to your heavy stuff in the snatch and clean & jerk.   Rookies often screw this up if they don’t have anybody teaching them how to do it. We’re talk... Continue reading
The Comments We Hear: Sometimes the Smallest Ones…
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 20 2017 | Comments

Years ago, I was training with a gal who was one of the top national/international lifters in the United States. We had just recently returned to the gym after lifting in the Natio... Continue reading
When You Get Injured… And You Deserve It
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 6 2017 | Comments

I have to start this article with a personal story. We’ll talk about me, and then we’ll talk about you.   Earlier this year, I was preparing for a big powerlifting meet. I had a 16-week training cycle set up, and I was killing it. I was gett... Continue reading
Calling Yourself a National-Level Weightlifter When You’re Not
Matt Foreman | Editorial | September 11 2017 | Comments (4)

I’m getting a lot of good writing material from the scorched-earth arguments I read on Facebook these days.   One of them that seems to keep popping up is on the subje... Continue reading
38 Things You’ll (Hopefully) Learn in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 28 2017 | Comments

Right about the time you look at a training program and decide it’s stupid and useless, you’ll usually find out somebody out there has used it and had a lot of success.... Continue reading
About This “It’s a Power Snatch If It’s Above Parallel” Thing
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 7 2017 | Comments

Okay, let’s do a quick chat about something I’ve seen occasionally throughout my years in weightlifting.   Obviously you all know what power snatches and power c... Continue reading
What You Can Expect in Weightlifting When You Get Older
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 24 2017 | Comments (2)

I’m going to start this article with a post I put on Facebook recently. A masters lifter had tagged me in a separate post of her own where she was wondering out loud about wh... Continue reading
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