5555 N LAMAR B-110 AUSTIN, TX 78751

Art of Weightlifting

February 19, 2013

ww_thInstructor:  Ursula Garza Papandrea

A 12 hour course over 2 days, The Art of Coaching Weightlifting is not just another course in progressions but a methodology to teach and coach new and experienced weightlifters. The course starts with the sport science all coaches should know and understand, follows with a comparison of the most common progressions taught today and how to integrate them into a program for teaching beginners and beyond. This course is not an argument in semantics; it IS a course that provides comprehensive conceptual understanding of the lifts. It includes a section on error identification and which, how, and why exercises are used for correction of different errors. It concludes with a lecture and discussion on Bulgarian versus Russian programming.
Course Agenda
Oly Science 101 for Coaches
Progression Comparison
The Components of the Lifts
Teaching the Novice: The 1st 5 Workouts
Common Mistakes
Bottom Up Analysis
Snatch Exercises and their Effects
Clean and Jerk Exercises and their Effects
Training Principles: USSR vs Bulgaria Sample Programs Discussion
Closing Comments
The 12 hour Olympic weightlifting course to be held at GrassIron has been developed and will be instructed by former two-time national champion, two-time Olympic Festival champion, 5 time world team member and former record holder in both snatch and clean and jerk , Ursula Garza Papandrea. She was an elite international athlete who has distinguished herself by becoming the first and only woman to attain USA Weightlifting’s highest coaching level, Senior International Coach Level 5; one of only 21 such coaches in the USA. Extensive national and international experience in competitive weightlifting as an athlete since 1987 and 20 years of coaching experience at national and international levels plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science, and a career as a Professor at Austin Community College since 1994, Ursula is a consummate professional with unparalleled experience and expertise. She revived her career to become Master’s national champion and best lifter in 2009 and national champion again in 2010. She became CrossFit Level 1 certified in 2010 and has served as part of the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification Staff since 2009, as well as teaching the USAW Level 1 Sports Performance courses.
This course is limited to 16 participants!  Sign up now!


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