Weightlifting: Sport or Training Modality?


We’ve been running the Takano Weightlifting coaching internship program since July of 2014 and have had 23 interns graduate. I get inquiries and resumes all the time from prospective internship candidates. And whenever I present at courses or seminars, I end up discussing weightlifting with plenty of newcomers.


Many of the conversations treat weightlifting as though it were just another training modality to explore, rather than the entire competitive universe that it can be. It has become evident to me that there is still some confusion about what weightlifting is, what it is not, and what it entails.

Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American...Read more