We are proud of our coaches here at ASPC and it is our pleasure to introduce weightlifting certified ASP Strength Coach George Menelaou.
Coach George has an amazing ongoing personal journey that has already seen more than 50kgs drop off his bodyweight and he has developed a dedicated passion for coaching in power and Olympic lifting. Here are some of George’s best tips and insights on improving strength, his views on being an ASP Coach, and his favourite quotes.
1. NAME THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT TIPS TO IMPROVE STRENGTH
-Building a solid foundation of conditioning and muscle prior to being involved in strength
-Learn how to move small weights effectively before learning how to move big weights
-A staple in my program for my strength athletes are the big three: squat, bench and deadlift. However, I would never neglect pull ups/chin ups or overhead presses. They are a must in programs in order to get stronger.
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EXERCISE AND WHY?
It would have to be the clean and jerk; it is an Olympic weightlifting exercise and one of the most complex and explosive movements you would ever try and put together. I feel like my years of training has been in order to strengthen my body in order to complete this one movement, it simply puts everything together. It really is satisfying to move a heavy weight from its lowest position (the floor) to its highest position (overhead)
3. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS AN ASP COACH?
As an ASP coach I love to see incredible changes in not just my clients but any client training at Australian Strength Performance. From a client dropping large amounts of bodyfat and gaining muscle at the same time to a client gaining 10-30kgs in a deadlift in a short period of time. The aspect of a clients transformation in their physique and strength is truly amazing and fulfilling as a coach.
4. NAME YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTES.
My favorite quote of the day would be:
“What if I told you in 10 years from now your life would be exactly the same, I doubt you would behappy. So why are you afraid to change?”
My favorite quote of the week would be:
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”