Simon Bisley: his Process.

February 26, 2015

One of my favorite parts about looking at a pice of art is seeing (or imagining rather) the artist’s creative process that went into making it.

Here’s a video that takes imagination out of the equation and you get to see the creative process of a true maestro of illustration.  I don’t imagine any of you would sit and watch the entire video (because I didn’t).  But I did stop at what I perceived to be the beginning and end of each of his steps.  Interesting stuff.

This one is for the younger coaches out there who are just beginning their journey in building a weightlifting competitive team.

So you’ve developed your training process and ideology of the group.  Good.  This is one of the hardest parts of the job and requires continued analysis (and over-analysis) if your group is going to progress.  Such is the burden of coach;  You do the analyzing so your team doesn’t have to.

Now it’s your job to enforce the group process and ideology.  Give your team reminders of what your interpretation of Olympic weightlifting training is, what your group’s training process should look like and what you all collectively value in regards to Olympic weightlifting.  Don’t be shy about letting them know what things do not have a place in your gym and what Olympic weightlifting should NOT look like.  Do this, and your group is guaranteed to show continued improvement (provided your training process is a good one)!

There used to be this quote on the wall that I didn’t really get or was taken out of context.  But a more applicable version of it might sound like, “you either buy into the collective ideology of the group or you’re not part of it.”

It ain’t easy being coach.  Good luck!


Download this before the internet finds out and I have to take it down.



February 21, 2015

It’s been a long three weeks  . . . Month? I don’t know.  Hard to keep track.  But every now and then something happens that will surprise me.

Finally making some progress after a long dryspell with the snatch.  Also I'm lighter.

Finally making some progress after a long dryspell with the snatch. Also I’m lighter.

Trust the process.

JR Nationals 2015 Video.

February 19, 2015

Here it is.

Great job, Elle.  We’re all proud of you.

Song is one of my new favorites.  Yes, it will also be on the mixtape.

Old Love / New Love.

February 17, 2015

My Current favorite song.  Album is pre-ordered.  I loved the last one released in like 2011 but I didn’t expect I’d hear any more out of him.  I’m currently working on putting together the first ever alongthelinesof mixtape and yes, this song will be on it.  A mix of new songs from this year, a bunch I passed over from 2014 and a few that fit the mood.  Mixtapes (CDs) were going out of style when I was in high school but up until like 5 years ago, I occasionally would make mix CD’s for people complete with a track list and cover art.  This mixtape will be the more current version of that.  For all you.

Unapologetically feel good dance banger.  That 90’s dance piano has me throwing my arms up in the air.


February 14, 2015

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”-Joseph Campbell

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”-Joseph Campbell

Leaving for OKC.

February 11, 2015


Elle and I leave for JR nationals this week and I gotta tell you, we’re both pretty excited.  JR Nationals was the first national meet that I ever coached at way back in 2011.  Actually, I coached a kid in JR nats back in like 2008 or so but he wasn’t my athlete so I didn’t count it.

As a result of all the traveling and busyness lately, I’ve been rather uninspired with writing.  So rather than put out some crap I’ll just give you a few things that are real.

Here’s my favorite thing to listen to during training lately.  If I’m lucky, the gym is relatively empty when I have my personal afternoon session so I get to put on whatever I want on the stereo.

I usually throw on some faster stuff when I max out.  Speaking of which, I’ll have to do that today since I’ll be in OKC on Friday and I don’t want to be THAT GUY in the training hall room at JUNIOR NATIONALS getting’ my heavy sesh in, brah.

Also, one of my new favorite parts about traveling is finding time to read.  The last meet trip I went on, I devoured a tween sci-fi book that was recently made into a movie (likability scale: 6/10 which is pretty good given my usual distain for teenager related media).  5 bucks if you can guess which book.

I’ll be finishing up this on the plane ride home next week.  A friend let me borrow it and I’m pretty stoked to actually get some time to read it.


Treasure Chest.

February 8, 2015

So about 2 weeks ago, Old Man Don walks in the gym while I’m coaching up my homies from CF Another Level and he’s all like, “Hey man, I got something for you in my truck if you want it.  Obviously I said yes before I even knew what it was.  He opens up the camper and before me is a gigantic wooden chest.  Don said it was built in the 40’s by Tommy Kono’s father.  So now I technically own two pieces of furniture: my bed and this box.

Of course, I had to somehow fit it into a youtube video (and my apartment).  The team has actually had an exciting training cycle thus far.  Many PR’s and lots of new faces around.  I was only able to catch a handful of moments (and people) for the video but trust me there’s more to come.

A New Level.

February 6, 2015

I’ve been able to handle the big boy weights more and more frequently lately.  This is nice, because my bodyweight is the lowest it’s been in about 4 years or so.

I felt pretty beat up today but STILL was able to knock out a couple cleans at 185.

I felt pretty beat up today but STILL was able to knock out a couple cleans at 185.

I may try to max out again this Wednesday before I leave for JR Nationals.