Episode 117: Bob Takano - Programming for Olympic Weightlifting

This episode’s guest is Bob Takano of Takano Weightlifting

 Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships and the Summer Olympics. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American to snatch double bodyweight, earning a berth on the 1984 team.

Furthermore Bob has been a CSCS since 1986, having authored six articles for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, and served as a member of the editorial board of that journal from 1996 to 2000. He has also co-authored a chapter for the NASM’s Essentials of Sports Performance Training, and a chapter on the Training of Weightlifters for the IOC Sports Medicine Commission’s Encyclopedia of Strength and Power. 20 of the female volleyball players he’s coached have earned Division 1 scholarships. Bob is on the teaching staff for the USAW Weightlifting Coaching Education program and presents his own seminars as well. He was also part of the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar staff.

On this episode Bob and I discuss:

  • Bobs background and influences
  • The Good and not so good things that Bob currently see’s with the physical preparation profession
  • Bob’s Training Philosophy/Principles
  • How Bob designs Olympic Lifting Programs
  • Bob’s technical model for teaching the Olympic Lifts
  • Biggest lessons Bob has learned over his career

This was a really great episode guys and I hope you enjoy it.

Stay Strong,
RB

Show Notes:

Bob's book - Weightlifting Programming - A winning coaches guide

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