The O by OLIFT Magazine

Thought provoking talks with today's most influential weightlifters, coaches, and contributors to Olympic Weightlifting. Every two weeks we raise the bar and bring you quality Weightlifting content that is educational, relevant, and entertaining.
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Aug 14, 2017

Anton and JP discuss a hot topic, at the moment, of lifting on a National stage. The BIG QUESTION we debate over is, "Are you a national level lifter if you qualify for the American Open?" 

Jul 19, 2017

JP and Anton discuss the new Lift Clean program and the American Open series 2 briefly, and deep dive on a discussion on the 2017 Pan American Championships.

This year, the competition will be in Miami, FL USA. As we mention on the show, USA Weightlifting is making Weightlifting a destination sport.

Some big name lifters, like Morghan King and Donovan Ford, won't be in action at the Pan Ams because they will compete at AO Series 2. We believe this is an advantageous strategy because they will be able to lift after knowing the numbers they need to achieve a higher ranking than their counterparts.

Olympian Sarah Robles will be in action and she will fight for gold. She is a top medal prospect as well as almost every TeamUSA female athlete. Some of these lifters include Allyssa Ritchy, Jessica Lucero, Cortney Batchelor, Mary Peck, Mattie Rogers, and Ali Ludwig.

The men's team is stacked with medal prospects as well. From the 85kg weight category to the 105+, Team USA can bring home hardware. Be on the look out for James Tatum, Colin Burns, D'Angelo Osorio and Caine wills to name a few.

Stay tuned for great lifting and make sure to watch the competition live on USAWeightlifting's website.

Jun 26, 2017

JP interviews Don Ricci, head coach, and owner of Delta Weightlifting. Don shares his apprenticeship under Sean Waxman (Waxman's Gym), the philosophies and mantras of his gym, and he talks about his planned vision for Weightlifting success. Fun fact, Don is one of the only coaches to use a written business plan to guide the operation and desired outcome of his business.  

Jun 12, 2017

Anton and JP discuss the most recent news about doping in Weightlifting.

May 30, 2017

JP interviews Suzy Sanchez to discuss her new role at USA Weightlifting. 

May 22, 2017

Anton and JP discuss the past, the present, and future of making money in Weightlifting.

May 9, 2017

We bring on Travis Cooper, 3-time National Champion, Pan Am Medalist, and World Team member, to help us discuss the 2017 USA Weightlifting National Championships.

We discuss each weight class for the men, women, and we predict what teams are set to win.

May 1, 2017

This week on the OLIFT Podcast, we interview Joe Szymanek, founder of Joe's Barbell and Co-host of the Doc and Jock podcast. Joe and Anton talk Weightlifting, business, and everything in between.

Apr 17, 2017

We’re excited to bring Mike Gattone on the show. Gattone coached Tara Nott Cunningham, the last American weightlifter to win an Olympic gold medal, and he’s discussing his new role and responsibilities as the Assistant Technical Director at USA Weightlifting.

Apr 3, 2017

We interviewed Josh Cox, Founder and Editor in Chief of Lifting Times. Cox produces the only free Weightlifting magazine in the United Kingdom, and he tells us all about publishing a weightlifting magazine in the UK. He also share insights on the status of British Weightlifting.

Mar 20, 2017

Anton and JP discuss Weightlifting competitions from an unusual angle. The question of the day is "Are we in a Weightlifting competition boom?" Lots of statistics and factors play into Weightlifting's popularity. We had the CrossFit boom, then the Seminar/Coaching course boom, and the next step in the evolution of our sport is the Competition Boom. Weightlifting is more accessible now than it has ever been, and there are hundreds of local competitions every month. Is this bad, is this good? Listen up and then make a decision yourself.

Mar 5, 2017

Kristin Newman of talks about SPS Gym, her approach to using Weightlifting and other strength sports in their gym business.

Feb 16, 2017

We caught up with Mike Graber from Barbend, and he helped us break down every weight category for the upcoming 2017 National Junior Championship. As always, we made some predictions, but as we know, anything can happen. #RaiseTheBar #OLIFT

Jan 30, 2017

Anton and JP take a few minutes to tell you more about what's the come of OLIFT in 2017.

Dec 4, 2016

This is part 2 of our discussion of the 2016 American Open. We touch on our previous conversation about team scoring, competitive battles to expect, and the significant improvements made by female lifters.

Dec 2, 2016

With less than a week to go until competition, the anticipation is rising for this year's American Open. Over 850 lifters will head to Orlando, Florida and battle for the final time in 2016. We break down each weight class, the top lifters to look for, and a special announcement of a lifter being inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame. 

Nov 17, 2016

Kevin Doherty is the head coach and co-founder of Hassle Free Barbell in Northern, CA. Hassle Free is one of the premier teams in the country for athlete development and success from youth level competition all the way to senior international lifting. In addition to the success of the club, Kevin has become one of the best strategic coaches in America. He’s coached for Team USA at multiple World Championships and most recently the Olympics. In this episode we talk to Kevin about the club’s history, competition strategy, counting cards, handling athletes and more.

Oct 25, 2016

JP Nicoletta and Anton Jefferson discuss Rule Changes, and the 2017 Competition Calendar. With new rules and more competitions, comes big changes for Weightlifting around the world. Specifically for the 2017 Competition Calendar, we focus on meets in the United States and we get to dissect the new American Open series.


Oct 5, 2016

On this episode we interview Steve Galvan (photographer) and John Fillipini (announcer). These guys are what we consider the sight and sound of Olympic Weightlifting through their unique roles in our sport.

Sep 20, 2016

Here is a relatively short podcast episode about the two. Our very own JP Nicoletta is accompanied by Sean Waxman of Waxman’s Gym and they discuss their experience as athletes, coaches, and their opinions of when to use either of the two jerk techniques.


Sep 13, 2016

JP of the Weightlifting Mindset and Anton, founder of OLIFT discuss The Next Quad. Several topics were analyzed, and there is sure to be exciting changes in Weightlifting over the next four years.

Aug 29, 2016

We have our first international guest! His name is Linzey Beister and he coaches Weightlifting in Australia. Linzey has coached hundreds of athletes in Weightlifting by way of Personal Coaching, Weightlifting Classes and one day Weightlifting Clinics. His main focus is coaching Weightlifting full time, around 30 hours per week while running the Weightlifting Club.

Read more about him at Gold Coast WL

Aug 1, 2016

On this episode of we break down each weight category for the upcoming Rio Olympics. 

Jul 19, 2016

Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting CEO, informed us that there would be some exciting new hires to join their team. Two international know individuals who have made significant contributions to Weightlifting. This episode is a must if you want to know what's happening over the next quad for Weightlifting in America!

Jul 11, 2016

Oscar Chaplin III is a two-time Olympian, multi-time national champion and American record holder. We discuss his start in Weightlifting, his experiences as one of the best lifters in American history, and what he's doing in the Weightlifting community today!

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