Your Monday Moment of Zen #1

Seems like there is a trend in blogging whereby bloggers will do a weekly round-up of all the stuff they were reading that fits into the scope of their own blogs, and then list them out for their own readers.  Bret Crontreras does something like this at his blog, and in the evolution blogging world we have NeuroAnthropology’s Wednesday Round Up.

Well, it’s high time there was something similar for the Olympic weightlifting slash Zen Meditating crowd! So, here’s your first installment of what I’ll call your Monday Moment of Zen.  Since I’m reading this stuff all week anyway, it seems only cordial to let you in on it!

The topics I’ll link to are the same things we discuss here with a heavy focus on Olympic weightlifting, Strength training, and Zen tips and tricks, and a bit of nutrition here are there.  I hope you find this stuff as interesting and helpful as I do.

Like to hear it?  Here it go …

Glenn Pendlay has an article up entitled, “A Russian Perspective on the Bulgarian System.”

His last paragraph is something for most Oly coaches to think about:

If the preceding has closed one mystery, it has certainly opened another.  If the sets and reps, and time per week we go to maximum aren’t what is holding us back, then what is?  If we don’t do enough pulls, or do too many…  if this is not the problem, then what is?

For my money, the problem is a combo of (1) a lack of athletes, and (2) a lack of “medication”.

Bob Takano feels the hit from the upcoming High School volleyball season and muses about the changes that are happening in our profession.

Can’t find a gym? Need to do some heavy leg exercises?  Here’s an option: how to do Pistols.

Obesity Panacea has a tongue in cheek post about the “natural” way to “heal” your obesity!

Brad Warner, of Hardcore Zen, discusses his time at the Great Sky sesshin – a Zen meditation “retreat”.  Here’s a good line:

There’s an old Zen saying, “When it’s hot let the heat kill you. When it’s cold let the cold kill you.” Good advice, to be sure. But gosh dang it was hot!

Mal Irwin has an article on how to Market Olympic weightlifting.  This is a major area of focus for me, as I am a huge believer that USAW has been a failure in this regard, and we club coaches have to pick up the slack and work together to get the word out.  His approach is unique and different than mine, but hey, more lines in the river, right …

James Ure, of The Buddhist Blog, replaces his statue of the Buddha with a Robot.

Here’s a video interview with an up and coming star of weightlifting, Jon North of Cal Strength.  My favorite line is when he was asked what his favorite part of the sport is, “It’s hard, it’s real hard … I like that it’s hard.” Very Zen, my brother.

Nick Horton (that’s me!) has a crazy-assed article about dinosaurs (not old people, real dinosaurs) and the nature of strength vs size.

A great article over at Lost Batallion Weightlifting is in the form of an open letter to USA Weightlifting asking the question of whether or not their policies are helping or hurting us as a sport.  (Hint:  they ain’t helpin’.)

Zen Under the Skin relays her conversation about happiness and cleaning the bathroom that she had with her kid in Dharma Combat with a 12 Year Old.

Here’s a 2-part podcast from Buddhist Geeks about Unlearning Meditation: Part 1; part 2. Truly interesting stuff and quite relevant to the type of mental training required to advance in weightlifting.

Some seriously freaky forearm strength in this vid:

Glenn Pendlay also has a whole series of kick-ass video’s on the Cal Strength site, including a few detailing his own clean progression technique.  Great stuff.  He’s one of the top coaches in the country at this stuff, and it ain’t a bad idea to listen.  I foresee Cal Strength as being a viable alternative to the Olympic Training Center for promising athletes in the future if Glenn keeps it going in this direction.

One of my athletes is a PT, not a personal trainer, a physical therapist.  She laments that both of these fields have the same acronym.  The general public has a hard time understanding the enormous difference in education required – she has a PhD, most personal trainers have barely graduated high school.  Coach Dos, in his latest addition of Snatches and Bear, discusses the difference it makes when a strength coach has a science education – then he goes off on using the TRX for training surfers.

Dan John writes up one of Norb Schemansky’s training routines.  For those without a solid grasp on their American weightlifting history, “Skee” was one of our top lifters for a long time, and was one of the last great split snatchers (I’m a split snatcher, so I’ve got a special place in my heart for this monster).  His approach is decidedly different than the Bulgarian (or any of the modern national teams for that matter).

And finally, the strongman competitor (and police officer) Derek Poundstone trains his ass off in preparation for the 2010 Arnold Strongman C lassic: