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The JuggLife | How Do You Measure A ‘Good’ Coach?

Chad and Max answer some of your questions on this week’s episode, including…

(2:02) How would Lasha Talakhadze transition to Powerlifting or Strongman?

(12:45) How are the current crop of Shot Putters in the World so outstanding?

(25:00) How is the JuggernautAI Weightlifting system coming along?

(29:52) What is effective complimentary off-season training for Powerlifting and Weightlifting?

(37:22) How do we measure what makes a ‘good’ coach?

Upper Body Training for Weightlifting

Chad and Max discuss how the utilize the press, overhead press and bodybuilding type training for Weightlifters.

The JuggLife | Sean Waxman | Reflections on IWF Worlds

Sean Waxman joins Chad and Max, fresh off his time serving as commentator for the 2019 IWF World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. They discuss this historic competition, along with its implications on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics and their opinions on the recent string of high profile USAW athletes leaving their teams.

Meg Scanlon’s SuperTotal at The Arnold

Meg Scanlon and her Coach Max Aita, break down her SuperTotal performances from The Arnold.

The JuggLife | Meghan Scanlon

USAPL National Champion and SuperTotal Queen Meghan Scanlon joins us fresh off competing in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting at The Arnold Sports Festival.

Programming for Weightlifting | Training Load

Max Aita concludes his discussion of the process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This is Part 3 in the series and discusses how intensity and volume are assigned and managed for different lifters.

How Does a Weightlifter Qualify for the Olympics

The recently passed Pan Am Championships in Guatemala were a critical checkpoint in the qualifying process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The road for a Weightlifter to qualify can be very confusing so we tried to clear some things up for you.

Programming for Weightlifting: Long Term Planning

Max Aita takes a deep dive into his process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This installment focuses on planning the athletes training over the long term and establishing a phasic structure for sustained success.

Programming for Weightlifting | Exercise Selection & Sequencing

Max Aita continues his discussion of the process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This is Part 2 in the series and focuses on how exercises are selected and sequenced based on a lifter’s needs.

Scientific Principles of Weightlifting

Understanding the principles upon which effective Weightlifting Programming is built is critical to being able to create strategies to help athletes improve their strength, technique, speed and performance in the lifts. To help you achieve this goal, we have put our popular video series Scientific Principles of Weightlifting all in 1 place for you, watch and learn.

Developing Weightlifting Technique

The technique of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk are intricate and complex, when done poorly they’re a mess but when executed well, they’re a symphony of power and coordination. That well executed technique is a combination of three aspects working together harmoniously, Height of the Bar, Trajectory of the Bar/Athlete and the Athlete’s Time to Fixation Under the Bar, this relationship we call, The Weightlifting Technique Triad.

Pillars of Snatch

The Snatch is one of the most athletic and complex movements in all of sports. Mastering Snatch technique is a process that takes many years and some may argue it is never truly mastered. In this series, Max Aita breaks down the foundational principles of effective and efficient technique in the Snatch.

Pillars of Clean Technique

The Clean is a great developer of power in the legs and back, while developing intermuscular coordination for sport. For the Weightlifter, it is important to pull, catch and stand with the bar with confidence to setup a successful subsequent jerk attempt.

Pillars of Jerk Technique

The Jerk is the most missed lift in Weighlifting, great Jerk Technique must be combined with strength and power to be successful. In this series, Max Aita will help you drive the bar high and straight while finding a deep and stable split position.

Pillars of Front Squat

The Front Squat is a foundational movement to build quad strength, positioning for weightlifting and the ability to recover from heavy cleans before you drive a heavy jerk overhead. Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita is one of the strongest front squatters of all-time with a 272kg/600# PR at 91kg/200# bodyweight and in this series, shares his expertise with you to improve your technique and performance in the Front Squat.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.1

Are you able to do more in the Power variations of the Snatch and Clean than you can in the full lifts? Max Aita shows you the cause of this issue and how to solve it.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.2

Struggling with soft elbows or elbow re-bend in your lockouts? Max Aita is here to show you why its happening and how to fix it.

Receiving the Bar

Max Aita along with the help of Alexandra LaChance and Quiana Welch, discusses how to improve your receiving position in the clean and tips to avoid the bar crashing on you.

How To Stay Over the Bar

Team Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita discusses the important technical concept of staying over the bar in the Snatch. In this video, Max shows why it’s important, how to do it and drills to help improve your positions.

Time to Fixation - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad with a discussion and example program covering Time To Fixation, the athlete’s ability to go under the bar.

Bar Trajectory - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad, this time discussing the role of Bar Trajectory and how to more effectively train this quality.

Bar Height - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita explains the role of Bar Height in Weightlifting technique, how it fits into the Weightlifting Technique Triad and how to develop it.

Consideration for Masters

Recently, Coach Max Aita took 5 weightlifters to the World Masters Games and came back with 4 Medals (3 Gold, 1 Bronze) and 12 Masters World Records. At age 47, Jo Ann Aita, set new Masters World Records (in the 45-49YO age group) with a 71kg/156# Snatch and 85kg/187# Clean and Jerk in the 58kg/128# Weightclass. In this video, Max Aita and multiple Masters World Record holder Jo Ann Aita discuss some important factors in the training of older athletes.

Beginners Guide to Snatch

Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita walks Meg Gallagher aka MegSquats through some training for the snatch along with some help from Juggernaut Weightlifter Kristin Pope:

Beginners Guide to Clean & Jerk

Looking to begin performing the Clean & Jerk but not sure where to start? Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita is here to help along with some help from Kristin Pope and MegSquats:

Developing Leg Strength for Weightlifting - Methods & Means

Leg strength for weightlifting is more than just a big squat, you must balance stimulus for leg strength with the fatigue it generates and how that impacts technique and speed qualities. Learn how Coach Max Aita designs Team Juggernaut’s leg training:

Squat Training with Max Aita

For the final portion of our controlled practice session at JuggernautHQ Max went over some of the finer points of squatting for leg strength. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some advice.

Snatch Training with Max Aita

Last weekend, Max Aita, Head Coach at JuggernautHQ, took a few top CrossFit and Weightlifting athletes through a training session at JuggernautHQ. Jamie Hagiya, 5th in SoCal in the Open; Jason Carroll, 7th in SoCal in the Open; Andrew Kong, 18th in SoCal in the Open; Vanessa Reyes, 58kg A Session lifter at Nationals and James Townsend, NPGL athlete all came to train with Max.

Clean & Jerk Training with Max Aita

In the continuation of our controlled practice session with our JTS sponsored lifters we worked on the Clean & Jerk. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some queuing and corrections as they went through their training programs. With the athletes that had nothing planned for the day Max took them through the paces and watched how their technique unfolded with bigger weights.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Snatch

The Snatch is an intricate mixture of strength, speed, power and coordination. Giving the athlete too much too think about during the lift can derail their performance. Here are some of our favorite cues to improve technique and maximize performance in the snatch.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Clean

Improve your clean technique and your communication with your athletes/training partners with these cues from Max Aita.

Meghan Scanlon

USAPL National Champion and SuperTotal Queen Meghan Scanlon joins us fresh off competing in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting at The Arnold Sports Festival.

Dr. Quinn Henoch

One of our favorite guests, Dr. Quinn Henoch of Clinical Athlete, returns to talk about managing volume/intensity as the main way of avoiding and predicting injury.

2019 Goal Setting

Chad and Max discuss their goals as coaches and businessmen for 2019 in the newest JuggLife. You can also find the JuggLife on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio.

Top Strength Stories of 2018

What did you think were the most significant moments to the strength world during 2018?

Thor in Powerlifting & Crossover

Chad and Max talk about some of the greatest crossover (multi-sport) strength athletes of all time, give their take on Thor Bjornsonn’s upcoming powerlifting meet and give some tips for aspiring multi-sport athletes.

Jack Clark

We sit down with legendary University of California-Berkeley Rugby Coach Jack Clark. Clark has been the head coach for the Golden Bears for 33 years, in which they’ve won 23 National Championships. He shares with us the foundation of their success, their team culture. Cal’s Team Culture is built on several axioms that they live on a daily basis the foundation of which is Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing (2:10). The value system they have established help inform all of their decisions (5:35) and some of those values include Loving Conditionally (6:50), Team First, Self Last (9:30), Creating a Shared Vocabulary (11:50) and Expecting Everyone to Lead (15:52). He shares with us some of his favorite resources to learn about leadership (20:20) and we are truly grateful that this icon took the time to talk with us.

Icarus and Switching Piss

Max and Chad analyze the new Netflix Documentary, Icarus, which examines the systematic doping of Russian athletes, the conspiracies to cover it up, the ensuing scandal and potential implications of this behavior on the world sporting community.

Pro Athletes We Want to See in Strength Sports

Which football player would make the best Powerlifter? What NBA star could be a great discus thrower? We make our picks for the mainstream Pro athletes we’d most want to see crossover into Strength and Olympic sports.

Q&A What Make A Good Coach

Max and Chad answer your questions while they’re in Calgary for IPF World Championships. Questions include:

Mattie Rogers

Mattie Rogers, World Championships Silver Medalist and Multiple Time US National Champion, joins the JuggLife to discuss her training, the state of USA Weightlifting and more.

Weightlifting House - Mind Blown

Max Aita went in deep on technique and programming, predominantly on explaining MED/MRV for weightlifting, correctly selecting accessory exercises, performing pulls up on the toes (or not), data collection and tracking for coaches, and the future of AI programming.

Weightlifting House - Five Things I Learned

Since Max provided us with so much content it only makes sense to condense it down for the readers. Here are the five takeaways from our first interview with him.

Weightlifting House - Max Aita Special

Max Aita sits with Weightlifting House and goes over his career as an athlete and coach.

Zack Telander - What the F do I do with my Arms

What do the arms do in the lifts

Zack Telander - Strength Development for Long Legs

Long legs? Give this a listen

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Programming for Weightlifting | Training Load

Max Aita concludes his discussion of the process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This is Part 3 in the series and discusses how intensity and volume are assigned and managed for different lifters.

How Does a Weightlifter Qualify for the Olympics

The recently passed Pan Am Championships in Guatemala were a critical checkpoint in the qualifying process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The road for a Weightlifter to qualify can be very confusing so we tried to clear some things up for you.

Programming for Weightlifting: Long Term Planning

Max Aita takes a deep dive into his process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This installment focuses on planning the athletes training over the long term and establishing a phasic structure for sustained success.

Programming for Weightlifting | Exercise Selection & Sequencing

Max Aita continues his discussion of the process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This is Part 2 in the series and focuses on how exercises are selected and sequenced based on a lifter’s needs.

Scientific Principles of Weightlifting

Understanding the principles upon which effective Weightlifting Programming is built is critical to being able to create strategies to help athletes improve their strength, technique, speed and performance in the lifts. To help you achieve this goal, we have put our popular video series Scientific Principles of Weightlifting all in 1 place for you, watch and learn.

Developing Weightlifting Technique

The technique of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk are intricate and complex, when done poorly they’re a mess but when executed well, they’re a symphony of power and coordination. That well executed technique is a combination of three aspects working together harmoniously, Height of the Bar, Trajectory of the Bar/Athlete and the Athlete’s Time to Fixation Under the Bar, this relationship we call, The Weightlifting Technique Triad.

Pillars of Snatch

The Snatch is one of the most athletic and complex movements in all of sports. Mastering Snatch technique is a process that takes many years and some may argue it is never truly mastered. In this series, Max Aita breaks down the foundational principles of effective and efficient technique in the Snatch.

Pillars of Clean Technique

The Clean is a great developer of power in the legs and back, while developing intermuscular coordination for sport. For the Weightlifter, it is important to pull, catch and stand with the bar with confidence to setup a successful subsequent jerk attempt.

Pillars of Jerk Technique

The Jerk is the most missed lift in Weighlifting, great Jerk Technique must be combined with strength and power to be successful. In this series, Max Aita will help you drive the bar high and straight while finding a deep and stable split position.

Pillars of Front Squat

The Front Squat is a foundational movement to build quad strength, positioning for weightlifting and the ability to recover from heavy cleans before you drive a heavy jerk overhead. Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita is one of the strongest front squatters of all-time with a 272kg/600# PR at 91kg/200# bodyweight and in this series, shares his expertise with you to improve your technique and performance in the Front Squat.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.1

Are you able to do more in the Power variations of the Snatch and Clean than you can in the full lifts? Max Aita shows you the cause of this issue and how to solve it.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.2

Struggling with soft elbows or elbow re-bend in your lockouts? Max Aita is here to show you why its happening and how to fix it.

Receiving the Bar

Max Aita along with the help of Alexandra LaChance and Quiana Welch, discusses how to improve your receiving position in the clean and tips to avoid the bar crashing on you.

How To Stay Over the Bar

Team Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita discusses the important technical concept of staying over the bar in the Snatch. In this video, Max shows why it’s important, how to do it and drills to help improve your positions.

Time to Fixation - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad with a discussion and example program covering Time To Fixation, the athlete’s ability to go under the bar.

Bar Trajectory - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad, this time discussing the role of Bar Trajectory and how to more effectively train this quality.

Bar Height - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita explains the role of Bar Height in Weightlifting technique, how it fits into the Weightlifting Technique Triad and how to develop it.

Consideration for Masters

Recently, Coach Max Aita took 5 weightlifters to the World Masters Games and came back with 4 Medals (3 Gold, 1 Bronze) and 12 Masters World Records. At age 47, Jo Ann Aita, set new Masters World Records (in the 45-49YO age group) with a 71kg/156# Snatch and 86kg/189# Clean and Jerk in the 58kg/128# Weightclass. In this video, Max Aita and multiple Masters World Record holder Jo Ann Aita discuss some important factors in the training of older athletes.

Beginners Guide to Snatch

Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita walks Meg Gallagher aka MegSquats through some training for the snatch along with some help from Juggernaut Weightlifter Kristin Pope:

Beginners Guide to Clean & Jerk

Looking to begin performing the Clean & Jerk but not sure where to start? Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita is here to help along with some help from Kristin Pope and MegSquats:

Developing Leg Strength for Weightlifting - Methods & Means

Leg strength for weightlifting is more than just a big squat, you must balance stimulus for leg strength with the fatigue it generates and how that impacts technique and speed qualities. Learn how Coach Max Aita designs Team Juggernaut’s leg training:

Squat Training with Max Aita

For the final portion of our controlled practice session at JuggernautHQ Max went over some of the finer points of squatting for leg strength. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some advice.

Snatch Training with Max Aita

Last weekend, Max Aita, Head Coach at JuggernautHQ, took a few top CrossFit and Weightlifting athletes through a training session at JuggernautHQ. Jamie Hagiya, 5th in SoCal in the Open; Jason Carroll, 7th in SoCal in the Open; Andrew Kong, 18th in SoCal in the Open; Vanessa Reyes, 58kg A Session lifter at Nationals and James Townsend, NPGL athlete all came to train with Max.

Clean & Jerk Training with Max Aita

In the continuation of our controlled practice session with our JTS sponsored lifters we worked on the Clean & Jerk. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some queuing and corrections as they went through their training programs. With the athletes that had nothing planned for the day Max took them through the paces and watched how their technique unfolded with bigger weights.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Snatch

The Snatch is an intricate mixture of strength, speed, power and coordination. Giving the athlete too much too think about during the lift can derail their performance. Here are some of our favorite cues to improve technique and maximize performance in the snatch.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Clean

Improve your clean technique and your communication with your athletes/training partners with these cues from Max Aita.

Meghan Scanlon

USAPL National Champion and SuperTotal Queen Meghan Scanlon joins us fresh off competing in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting at The Arnold Sports Festival.

Dr. Quinn Henoch

One of our favorite guests, Dr. Quinn Henoch of Clinical Athlete, returns to talk about managing volume/intensity as the main way of avoiding and predicting injury.

2019 Goal Setting

Chad and Max discuss their goals as coaches and businessmen for 2019 in the newest JuggLife. You can also find the JuggLife on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio.

Top Strength Stories of 2018

What did you think were the most significant moments to the strength world during 2018?

Thor in Powerlifting & Crossover

Chad and Max talk about some of the greatest crossover (multi-sport) strength athletes of all time, give their take on Thor Bjornsonn’s upcoming powerlifting meet and give some tips for aspiring multi-sport athletes.

Jack Clark

We sit down with legendary University of California-Berkeley Rugby Coach Jack Clark. Clark has been the head coach for the Golden Bears for 33 years, in which they’ve won 23 National Championships. He shares with us the foundation of their success, their team culture. Cal’s Team Culture is built on several axioms that they live on a daily basis the foundation of which is Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing (2:10). The value system they have established help inform all of their decisions (5:35) and some of those values include Loving Conditionally (6:50), Team First, Self Last (9:30), Creating a Shared Vocabulary (11:50) and Expecting Everyone to Lead (15:52). He shares with us some of his favorite resources to learn about leadership (20:20) and we are truly grateful that this icon took the time to talk with us.

Icarus and Switching Piss

Max and Chad analyze the new Netflix Documentary, Icarus, which examines the systematic doping of Russian athletes, the conspiracies to cover it up, the ensuing scandal and potential implications of this behavior on the world sporting community.

Pro Athletes We Want to See in Strength Sports

Which football player would make the best Powerlifter? What NBA star could be a great discus thrower? We make our picks for the mainstream Pro athletes we’d most want to see crossover into Strength and Olympic sports.

Q&A What Make A Good Coach

Max and Chad answer your questions while they’re in Calgary for IPF World Championships. Questions include:

Mattie Rogers

Mattie Rogers, World Championships Silver Medalist and Multiple Time US National Champion, joins the JuggLife to discuss her training, the state of USA Weightlifting and more.

Weightlifting House - Mind Blown

Max Aita went in deep on technique and programming, predominantly on explaining MED/MRV for weightlifting, correctly selecting accessory exercises, performing pulls up on the toes (or not), data collection and tracking for coaches, and the future of AI programming.

Weightlifting House - Five Things I Learned

Since Max provided us with so much content it only makes sense to condense it down for the readers. Here are the five takeaways from our first interview with him.

Weightlifting House - Max Aita Special

Max Aita sits with Weightlifting House and goes over his career as an athlete and coach.

Zack Telander - What the F do I do with my Arms

What do the arms do in the lifts

Zack Telander - Strength Development for Long Legs

Long legs? Give this a listen

  • Videos

Programming for Weightlifting | Training Load

Max Aita concludes his discussion of the process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This is Part 3 in the series and discusses how intensity and volume are assigned and managed for different lifters.

How Does a Weightlifter Qualify for the Olympics

The recently passed Pan Am Championships in Guatemala were a critical checkpoint in the qualifying process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The road for a Weightlifter to qualify can be very confusing so we tried to clear some things up for you.

Programming for Weightlifting: Long Term Planning

Max Aita takes a deep dive into his process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This installment focuses on planning the athletes training over the long term and establishing a phasic structure for sustained success.

Programming for Weightlifting | Exercise Selection & Sequencing

Max Aita continues his discussion of the process of organizing training for the Team Juggernaut Weightlifters. This is Part 2 in the series and focuses on how exercises are selected and sequenced based on a lifter’s needs.

Scientific Principles of Weightlifting

Understanding the principles upon which effective Weightlifting Programming is built is critical to being able to create strategies to help athletes improve their strength, technique, speed and performance in the lifts. To help you achieve this goal, we have put our popular video series Scientific Principles of Weightlifting all in 1 place for you, watch and learn.

Developing Weightlifting Technique

The technique of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk are intricate and complex, when done poorly they’re a mess but when executed well, they’re a symphony of power and coordination. That well executed technique is a combination of three aspects working together harmoniously, Height of the Bar, Trajectory of the Bar/Athlete and the Athlete’s Time to Fixation Under the Bar, this relationship we call, The Weightlifting Technique Triad.

Pillars of Snatch

The Snatch is one of the most athletic and complex movements in all of sports. Mastering Snatch technique is a process that takes many years and some may argue it is never truly mastered. In this series, Max Aita breaks down the foundational principles of effective and efficient technique in the Snatch.

Pillars of Clean Technique

The Clean is a great developer of power in the legs and back, while developing intermuscular coordination for sport. For the Weightlifter, it is important to pull, catch and stand with the bar with confidence to setup a successful subsequent jerk attempt.

Pillars of Jerk Technique

The Jerk is the most missed lift in Weighlifting, great Jerk Technique must be combined with strength and power to be successful. In this series, Max Aita will help you drive the bar high and straight while finding a deep and stable split position.

Pillars of Front Squat

The Front Squat is a foundational movement to build quad strength, positioning for weightlifting and the ability to recover from heavy cleans before you drive a heavy jerk overhead. Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita is one of the strongest front squatters of all-time with a 272kg/600# PR at 91kg/200# bodyweight and in this series, shares his expertise with you to improve your technique and performance in the Front Squat.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.1

Are you able to do more in the Power variations of the Snatch and Clean than you can in the full lifts? Max Aita shows you the cause of this issue and how to solve it.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.2

Struggling with soft elbows or elbow re-bend in your lockouts? Max Aita is here to show you why its happening and how to fix it.

Receiving the Bar

Max Aita along with the help of Alexandra LaChance and Quiana Welch, discusses how to improve your receiving position in the clean and tips to avoid the bar crashing on you.

How To Stay Over the Bar

Team Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita discusses the important technical concept of staying over the bar in the Snatch. In this video, Max shows why it’s important, how to do it and drills to help improve your positions.

Time to Fixation - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad with a discussion and example program covering Time To Fixation, the athlete’s ability to go under the bar.

Bar Trajectory - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad, this time discussing the role of Bar Trajectory and how to more effectively train this quality.

Bar Height - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita explains the role of Bar Height in Weightlifting technique, how it fits into the Weightlifting Technique Triad and how to develop it.

Consideration for Masters

Recently, Coach Max Aita took 5 weightlifters to the World Masters Games and came back with 4 Medals (3 Gold, 1 Bronze) and 12 Masters World Records. At age 47, Jo Ann Aita, set new Masters World Records (in the 45-49YO age group) with a 71kg/156# Snatch and 85kg/187# Clean and Jerk in the 58kg/128# Weightclass. In this video, Max Aita and multiple Masters World Record holder Jo Ann Aita discuss some important factors in the training of older athletes.

Beginners Guide to Snatch

Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita walks Meg Gallagher aka MegSquats through some training for the snatch along with some help from Juggernaut Weightlifter Kristin Pope:

Beginners Guide to Clean & Jerk

Looking to begin performing the Clean & Jerk but not sure where to start? Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita is here to help along with some help from Kristin Pope and MegSquats:

Developing Leg Strength for Weightlifting - Methods & Means

Leg strength for weightlifting is more than just a big squat, you must balance stimulus for leg strength with the fatigue it generates and how that impacts technique and speed qualities. Learn how Coach Max Aita designs Team Juggernaut’s leg training:

Squat Training with Max Aita

For the final portion of our controlled practice session at JuggernautHQ Max went over some of the finer points of squatting for leg strength. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some advice.

Snatch Training with Max Aita

Last weekend, Max Aita, Head Coach at JuggernautHQ, took a few top CrossFit and Weightlifting athletes through a training session at JuggernautHQ. Jamie Hagiya, 5th in SoCal in the Open; Jason Carroll, 7th in SoCal in the Open; Andrew Kong, 18th in SoCal in the Open; Vanessa Reyes, 58kg A Session lifter at Nationals and James Townsend, NPGL athlete all came to train with Max.

Clean & Jerk Training with Max Aita

In the continuation of our controlled practice session with our JTS sponsored lifters we worked on the Clean & Jerk. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some queuing and corrections as they went through their training programs. With the athletes that had nothing planned for the day Max took them through the paces and watched how their technique unfolded with bigger weights.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Snatch

The Snatch is an intricate mixture of strength, speed, power and coordination. Giving the athlete too much too think about during the lift can derail their performance. Here are some of our favorite cues to improve technique and maximize performance in the snatch.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Clean

Improve your clean technique and your communication with your athletes/training partners with these cues from Max Aita.

Meghan Scanlon

USAPL National Champion and SuperTotal Queen Meghan Scanlon joins us fresh off competing in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting at The Arnold Sports Festival.

Dr. Quinn Henoch

One of our favorite guests, Dr. Quinn Henoch of Clinical Athlete, returns to talk about managing volume/intensity as the main way of avoiding and predicting injury.

2019 Goal Setting

Chad and Max discuss their goals as coaches and businessmen for 2019 in the newest JuggLife. You can also find the JuggLife on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio.

Top Strength Stories of 2018

What did you think were the most significant moments to the strength world during 2018?

Thor in Powerlifting & Crossover

Chad and Max talk about some of the greatest crossover (multi-sport) strength athletes of all time, give their take on Thor Bjornsonn’s upcoming powerlifting meet and give some tips for aspiring multi-sport athletes.

Jack Clark

We sit down with legendary University of California-Berkeley Rugby Coach Jack Clark. Clark has been the head coach for the Golden Bears for 33 years, in which they’ve won 23 National Championships. He shares with us the foundation of their success, their team culture. Cal’s Team Culture is built on several axioms that they live on a daily basis the foundation of which is Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing (2:10). The value system they have established help inform all of their decisions (5:35) and some of those values include Loving Conditionally (6:50), Team First, Self Last (9:30), Creating a Shared Vocabulary (11:50) and Expecting Everyone to Lead (15:52). He shares with us some of his favorite resources to learn about leadership (20:20) and we are truly grateful that this icon took the time to talk with us.

Icarus and Switching Piss

Max and Chad analyze the new Netflix Documentary, Icarus, which examines the systematic doping of Russian athletes, the conspiracies to cover it up, the ensuing scandal and potential implications of this behavior on the world sporting community.

Pro Athletes We Want to See in Strength Sports

Which football player would make the best Powerlifter? What NBA star could be a great discus thrower? We make our picks for the mainstream Pro athletes we’d most want to see crossover into Strength and Olympic sports.

Q&A What Make A Good Coach

Max and Chad answer your questions while they’re in Calgary for IPF World Championships. Questions include:

Mattie Rogers

Mattie Rogers, World Championships Silver Medalist and Multiple Time US National Champion, joins the JuggLife to discuss her training, the state of USA Weightlifting and more.

Weightlifting House - Mind Blown

Max Aita went in deep on technique and programming, predominantly on explaining MED/MRV for weightlifting, correctly selecting accessory exercises, performing pulls up on the toes (or not), data collection and tracking for coaches, and the future of AI programming.

Weightlifting House - Five Things I Learned

Since Max provided us with so much content it only makes sense to condense it down for the readers. Here are the five takeaways from our first interview with him.

Weightlifting House - Max Aita Special

Max Aita sits with Weightlifting House and goes over his career as an athlete and coach.

Zack Telander - What the F do I do with my Arms

What do the arms do in the lifts

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Scientific Principles of Weightlifting

Understanding the principles upon which effective Weightlifting Programming is built is critical to being able to create strategies to help athletes improve their strength, technique, speed and performance in the lifts. To help you achieve this goal, we have put our popular video series Scientific Principles of Weightlifting all in 1 place for you, watch and learn.

Developing Weightlifting Technique

The technique of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk are intricate and complex, when done poorly they’re a mess but when executed well, they’re a symphony of power and coordination. That well executed technique is a combination of three aspects working together harmoniously, Height of the Bar, Trajectory of the Bar/Athlete and the Athlete’s Time to Fixation Under the Bar, this relationship we call, The Weightlifting Technique Triad.

Pillars of Snatch

The Snatch is one of the most athletic and complex movements in all of sports. Mastering Snatch technique is a process that takes many years and some may argue it is never truly mastered. In this series, Max Aita breaks down the foundational principles of effective and efficient technique in the Snatch.

Pillars of Clean Technique

The Clean is a great developer of power in the legs and back, while developing intermuscular coordination for sport. For the Weightlifter, it is important to pull, catch and stand with the bar with confidence to setup a successful subsequent jerk attempt.

Pillars of Jerk Technique

The Jerk is the most missed lift in Weighlifting, great Jerk Technique must be combined with strength and power to be successful. In this series, Max Aita will help you drive the bar high and straight while finding a deep and stable split position.

Pillars of Front Squat

The Front Squat is a foundational movement to build quad strength, positioning for weightlifting and the ability to recover from heavy cleans before you drive a heavy jerk overhead. Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita is one of the strongest front squatters of all-time with a 272kg/600# PR at 91kg/200# bodyweight and in this series, shares his expertise with you to improve your technique and performance in the Front Squat.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.1

Are you able to do more in the Power variations of the Snatch and Clean than you can in the full lifts? Max Aita shows you the cause of this issue and how to solve it.

Troubleshooting Weightlifting Problems Pt.2

Struggling with soft elbows or elbow re-bend in your lockouts? Max Aita is here to show you why its happening and how to fix it.

Receiving the Bar

Max Aita along with the help of Alexandra LaChance and Quiana Welch, discusses how to improve your receiving position in the clean and tips to avoid the bar crashing on you.

How To Stay Over the Bar

Team Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita discusses the important technical concept of staying over the bar in the Snatch. In this video, Max shows why it’s important, how to do it and drills to help improve your positions.

Time to Fixation - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad with a discussion and example program covering Time To Fixation, the athlete’s ability to go under the bar.

Bar Trajectory - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita continues his in-depth explanation of The Weightlifting Technique Triad, this time discussing the role of Bar Trajectory and how to more effectively train this quality.

Bar Height - The Weightlifting Technique Triad

Max Aita explains the role of Bar Height in Weightlifting technique, how it fits into the Weightlifting Technique Triad and how to develop it.

Consideration for Masters

Recently, Coach Max Aita took 5 weightlifters to the World Masters Games and came back with 4 Medals (3 Gold, 1 Bronze) and 12 Masters World Records. At age 47, Jo Ann Aita, set new Masters World Records (in the 45-49YO age group) with a 71kg/156# Snatch and 85kg/187# Clean and Jerk in the 58kg/128# Weightclass. In this video, Max Aita and multiple Masters World Record holder Jo Ann Aita discuss some important factors in the training of older athletes.

Beginners Guide to Snatch

Team Juggernaut Head Weightlifting Coach Max Aita walks Meg Gallagher aka MegSquats through some training for the snatch along with some help from Juggernaut Weightlifter Kristin Pope:

Beginners Guide to Clean & Jerk

Looking to begin performing the Clean & Jerk but not sure where to start? Juggernaut Head Coach Max Aita is here to help along with some help from Kristin Pope and MegSquats:

Developing Leg Strength for Weightlifting - Methods & Means

Leg strength for weightlifting is more than just a big squat, you must balance stimulus for leg strength with the fatigue it generates and how that impacts technique and speed qualities. Learn how Coach Max Aita designs Team Juggernaut’s leg training:

Squat Training with Max Aita

For the final portion of our controlled practice session at JuggernautHQ Max went over some of the finer points of squatting for leg strength. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some advice.

Snatch Training with Max Aita

Last weekend, Max Aita, Head Coach at JuggernautHQ, took a few top CrossFit and Weightlifting athletes through a training session at JuggernautHQ. Jamie Hagiya, 5th in SoCal in the Open; Jason Carroll, 7th in SoCal in the Open; Andrew Kong, 18th in SoCal in the Open; Vanessa Reyes, 58kg A Session lifter at Nationals and James Townsend, NPGL athlete all came to train with Max.

Clean & Jerk Training with Max Aita

In the continuation of our controlled practice session with our JTS sponsored lifters we worked on the Clean & Jerk. Several athletes had their own planned programming coming into the training session so Max offered some queuing and corrections as they went through their training programs. With the athletes that had nothing planned for the day Max took them through the paces and watched how their technique unfolded with bigger weights.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Snatch

The Snatch is an intricate mixture of strength, speed, power and coordination. Giving the athlete too much too think about during the lift can derail their performance. Here are some of our favorite cues to improve technique and maximize performance in the snatch.

Weightlifting Cues and What They Mean - Clean

Improve your clean technique and your communication with your athletes/training partners with these cues from Max Aita.

Meghan Scanlon

USAPL National Champion and SuperTotal Queen Meghan Scanlon joins us fresh off competing in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting at The Arnold Sports Festival.

Dr. Quinn Henoch

One of our favorite guests, Dr. Quinn Henoch of Clinical Athlete, returns to talk about managing volume/intensity as the main way of avoiding and predicting injury.

2019 Goal Setting

Chad and Max discuss their goals as coaches and businessmen for 2019 in the newest JuggLife. You can also find the JuggLife on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio.

Top Strength Stories of 2018

What did you think were the most significant moments to the strength world during 2018?

Thor in Powerlifting & Crossover

Chad and Max talk about some of the greatest crossover (multi-sport) strength athletes of all time, give their take on Thor Bjornsonn’s upcoming powerlifting meet and give some tips for aspiring multi-sport athletes.

Jack Clark

We sit down with legendary University of California-Berkeley Rugby Coach Jack Clark. Clark has been the head coach for the Golden Bears for 33 years, in which they’ve won 23 National Championships. He shares with us the foundation of their success, their team culture. Cal’s Team Culture is built on several axioms that they live on a daily basis the foundation of which is Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing (2:10). The value system they have established help inform all of their decisions (5:35) and some of those values include Loving Conditionally (6:50), Team First, Self Last (9:30), Creating a Shared Vocabulary (11:50) and Expecting Everyone to Lead (15:52). He shares with us some of his favorite resources to learn about leadership (20:20) and we are truly grateful that this icon took the time to talk with us.

Icarus and Switching Piss

Max and Chad analyze the new Netflix Documentary, Icarus, which examines the systematic doping of Russian athletes, the conspiracies to cover it up, the ensuing scandal and potential implications of this behavior on the world sporting community.

Pro Athletes We Want to See in Strength Sports

Which football player would make the best Powerlifter? What NBA star could be a great discus thrower? We make our picks for the mainstream Pro athletes we’d most want to see crossover into Strength and Olympic sports.

Q&A What Make A Good Coach

Max and Chad answer your questions while they’re in Calgary for IPF World Championships. Questions include:

Mattie Rogers

Mattie Rogers, World Championships Silver Medalist and Multiple Time US National Champion, joins the JuggLife to discuss her training, the state of USA Weightlifting and more.

Weightlifting House - Mind Blown

Max Aita went in deep on technique and programming, predominantly on explaining MED/MRV for weightlifting, correctly selecting accessory exercises, performing pulls up on the toes (or not), data collection and tracking for coaches, and the future of AI programming.

Weightlifting House - Five Things I Learned

Since Max provided us with so much content it only makes sense to condense it down for the readers. Here are the five takeaways from our first interview with him.

Weightlifting House - Max Aita Special

Max Aita sits with Weightlifting House and goes over his career as an athlete and coach.

Zack Telander - What the F do I do with my Arms

What do the arms do in the lifts

Zack Telander - Strength Development for Long Legs

Long legs? Give this a listen