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Home > Weightlifting Seminars > Catapult Seminars

Catapult Seminars

If you are a gym and want to host a Pendlay or Catapult Seminar please contact Chris Kocaj at chris@muscledriverusa.com or call 803-835-6877.

The Catapult Weightlifting Certification Clinic

This clinic, directed by MDUSA Asst. Coach Don McCauley and Team MDUSA's Travis Cooper is a full 2 days of drills and coaching with the goal of teaching lifters how to Snatch and Clean & Jerk technically better and to know what to do when lifting and why to do it.  Included in the weekend clinic will be instruction on pre-work out preparation, stretches, post-workout recovery, as well as the Glenn Pendlay 3 position progression and the Pendlay Program.  After coaching attendees through the process and technique of each Olympic lift, there will be demonstrations of correct technique performed by elite level athletes done at full speed under heavy weight.  Additional spotlight sessions are provided on individualizing programming, beginning and intermediate training, and coaching cues for athletes and coaches. The text that guides the drills and lifting in this clinic is the book Power Trip: a guide to weightlifting for athletes, parents and coaches, written by Coach McCauley.

Coach McCauley’s approach to lifting is that humans performing the Olympic style lifts should use their bodies as catapults, rather than jump up into the air and shrug their shoulders. Whether your technique is one of the variations of the “S” pull or the so-called “Chinese Pull”, the basic movements still imitate the catapult. The fundamental idea is that lifters catapult the bar upwards and then launch themselves under the bar as it reaches its apex.

Both novice and experienced lifters will learn drills and get cues that will help their lifting immediately. Catapult Weightlifting Clinics are planned with more coaches per attendee than most other clinics. Class sizes will be limited in order to insure a high coach to attendee ratio and guarantees intense hands-on coaching for each person at the clinic.

Expect a step-by-step approach, from specific warm-up exercises to progressions drills to the completion of lifts. Each step is designed to teach the body and brain how to perform the lifts in a way that keeps the bar over the base of support, where it should be. At the end of the clinic there is a free lift session where lifters will put it all together and will lift better that day. Coach McCauley’s goal is to give athletes and coaches tools that will be easily recalled and used long after the clinic is over. Even if you have taken the one day Catapult seminar previously you will find the second day of training and additional instruction with Travis Cooper to provide substantial value to this clinic.

Each participant will receive a Catapult Weightlifting Certificate on completion of this course.

Coach Don McCauley

With over 30 years experience, Don McCauley’s resume has amassed several impressive credentials including certification as a USAW Sr. International Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Level 1 CrossFit® Trainer, respected author, Head Coach of the Catapult Weightlifting Team, owner of CrossFit Savannah and former high school strength and conditioning coach. Most recently, Coach McCauley has joined Team MDUSA’s weightlifting coaching staff full-time as assistant to Head Coach Glenn Pendlay.

Coach McCauley was the first to use the word catapult to describe how humans perform the Olympic lifts using weightlifting techniques employed by European and Chinese lifters. He has led a campaign to improve technique used by lifters in the U.S. He authored Power Trip: a guide to weightlifting for athletes, parents and coaches which was intended to be an introduction and guide for lifters trying to master the sport, for their parents who need information about these lifts and for coaches wanting to learn correct lifting drills and technique. It has become one of the most controversial and respected books on the subject of weightlifting technique and drills in print. His interpretation and explanation of modern weightlifting mechanics and technique have exploded the myth of “jump and shrug” as a proper method of teaching and performing the snatch and the clean.

Coach McCauley’s experience in coaching spans over thirty years, during which he has coached Olympians Cheryl Haworth and Holley Mangold, 1st Alternate to the Olympic Team, Suzanne Leathers, and 3 lifters that qualified for the Senior World Weightlifting Championships and Pan-Am Games. Four of McCauley’s athletes have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and his athletes have brought home a combined 6 medals in the U.S. Senior National Championships and American Open Championships. Anthony Martin, Josh Squyres, and Anthony Hernandez (Head trainer for Olympic lifts at CrossFit® Diesel) are among his national medal winners and international level lifters. Recently Coach McCauley has worked on Olympic lifting with CrossFit Games® competitor Elizabeth Akinwale.