Jim Schmitz is one of the most experienced and successful weightlifting coaches in the western hemisphere, coaching 10 weightlifting Olympians, including the last American man to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting.
He was U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team Coach at the 1980, 1988 & 1992 Olympic Games and was also the Technical Controller for the weightlifting at the 1984 Olympics – i.e. the man who ran the weightlifting competition at those Olympic Games.
Jim has coached some of the strongest men in history, including Ken Patera the first American to clean & Jerk over 500lbs (227kg) and the only American to Press over 500lbs in competition; Bruce Wilhelm, the first American to snatch over 400lbs (182kg) in competition and later two-time winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition; and Mario Martinez, three time Olympian and silver medallist winner at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
He has also coached many top female weightlifters, including three women who have gone on to represent the USA at the World Championships and two (Rachel Silverman & Carole Cady) who won medals.
A professional strength coach since the late 1960’s, Jim has worked with thousands of strength athletes, including top male and female weightlifters, highland games competitors, American Football players and track & field athletes.
From his small neighborhood gym in San Francisco he has coached 10 Olympians, been elected to the Science & Research committee of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and is the man gave the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) it’s name
This will be a hands on seminar which will focus on:
- Improving technique & strength for the snatch
- Exercise selection for strength & power
- Improving technique & strength for the Clean & Jerk
- Making athletes stronger & more explosive
Jim is one of the most experienced weightlifting coaches in the Western hemisphere, with a proven track record of making athletes incredibly strong, fast and powerful, and has coached lifters from beginner through to elite level.
Unlike many celebrity strength coaches who ‘coach’ athletes for a short time frame, all of Jim’s athletes either came from his San Francisco, Bay Area gym, or travelled to the Bay Area to be coached by Jim.
This will be Jim’s only seminar in Europe in 2014 and we are limiting the numbers of places – less people means more contact time with Jim. The cost of the seminar will be €155.
We expect this seminar to sell out fast; interest is already high so if you want to learn how to become stronger, faster & more powerful from a coach who has produced more weightlifting Olympians than many small countries (Ireland included), email us soon at email@example.com