I won my first powerlifting competition in 1981 at the age of 14 and quickly became Massachusetts State, New England, and National Champion, breaking numerous records along the way. As I continued to develop and succeed as a powerlifter at the highest levels winning multiple national and world championships, I realized that it was not always the biggest or the strongest that continuously came out on top, but the smartest, best prepared, and those who paid careful attention to every detail on how they executed the competitive lifts. It led me to the inescapable conclusion that most lifts are missed due to a breakdown in technique and not because the athlete is not strong enough or trained using a certain program.
SUCCESS IS DETERMINED BY TECHNIQUE
Powerlifting and Olympic lifting are goal oriented and performance oriented sports, just like any other competitive sport. The goal of a powerlifter, Olympic lifter or any athlete who requires strength is to become not only stronger but to be technically proficient. Technique should be the first thing on the athlete’s mind, as well as the first thing on his or her agenda when trying to improve their lifts. Strength certainly matters, but how to display that strength in the most productive and efficient way is the key to ultimate success.
REGIME AND ROUTINE ARE SECONDARY TO TECHNIQUE
Surely, if you approached a golfer who could hit a golf ball long and straight, you wouldn’t ask them what regime they followed or what their routine was. Rather you would ask questions such as how does he or she swing the golf club, increase club speed, or keep the club faced closed. You’d want to understand how their golf swing is performed in order to improve your own. The regime or program is secondary to the more important technique of their swing. If a quarterback or baseball pitcher’s throwing becomes erratic they will immediately point to a breakdown in their mechanics (technique) as the problem and would never cite their training regimen or routine as the culprit. These examples hold true for any sport, Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting included, and the athlete should stop searching for different routines and focus on how to perform the competitive lifts with optimum precision and technique.
FINDING YOUR SOLUTIONS IN TECHNIQUE
I have spent my lifting career, which spans almost four decades, watching, learning and analyzing technique, not only in the three powerlifts, but the two Olympic lifts and many assistance exercises utilized in training. Not only are there certain axioms to be applied to each exercise regardless of the lifter, but there are also very precise technical factors that must be carefully considered and adapted to each individual to create the proper form and technique so as to reduce the risk of injury, maximize efficiency, and achieve the goal of lifting the most weight. I have found that individual weaknesses and more importantly, breakdowns in form, occur for a variety of reasons, but the first place I look for answers and solutions is technique. What is often perceived as a weakness may simply be a technical flaw. For some it may be a simple adjustment that makes all the difference in the world. For others, it may be a process of unlearning bad habits and installing proper technique.
YOU CAN DO BETTER AND I CAN HELP
In short, if you don’t have solid technique, you simply will not make the gains that you could. It frankly does not matter what program or routine you follow if your lifting technique is not sound. It is my mission to make you successful in this area and bring you to your optimum lifting capability.