BFS Home Page | What's Happening Blog Main Page | Archives | Articles | Category Index
BFS Home Page : What's Happening Blog Main Page : What's Happening : Article

What's Happening -- Double Take - John Broz

Go to BFS Homepage

Image-Coach John Broz's success stories incvlude Rob Adell (right) and Pat Mendes (bottom, left). In the top left left is Broz posing with (l-r) Aubree Andersen, Janelle Avila and Tiara Lusk.

The National High School Power Clean Championships is a competition held in May in Las Vegas that has been featured in BFS magazine since 2006. In 2008 two of the winners were Pat Mendes, who power cleaned 350 pounds at a body weight of 270 pounds, and Robert Adell, who made 320 pounds at a bodyweight of 207 pounds. Since then both lifters have been recruited by weight lifting coach John Broz, and their progress has been remarkable.

Under Coach Broz’s guidance, in training Mendes (age 20) has snatched 440 pounds, clean and jerked 485, cleaned 529, back squatted 800 (551 for 5 reps in less than five seconds), bench pressed 507, and deadlifted 727 for 5 reps. Adell (age 20) has snatched 341 pounds, cleaned 440 pounds, back squatted 639 and front squatted 529. Both athletes will be competing in the American Open in December. Broz was introduced to Olympic lifting at the age of 10, and during his early years as an athlete he trained at the Olympic Health Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Among his mentors were John Schubert, who coached the last male Olympic weightlifting champion from the US; powerlifter Vince Anello, who deadlifted over four times bodyweight in the '70s; and another powerlifting great, John Black, who went on to open a great gym called Black's Health World.

When he was 28, Broz met Antonio Krastev and became his roommate and training partner for the next three years. Krastev was a Bulgarian weightlifter who in 1987 snatched 216 kilos (476.2 pounds), a record that still stands. Broz made great progress with guidance from Krastev, who taught him his version of the Bulgarian weightlifting system as originally taught by Ivan Abajiev. As proof of his continued passion for hard training, in 2007 at age 39 Broz snatched 153 kilos and clean and jerked 175 kilos, the snatch and total being an American masters record in the super heavyweight division.

Although he continues to train hard, Broz has redirected much of his passion for the sport into coaching. He converted a part of his contracting business in Las Vegas to a gym where he and his small but powerful team of the most promising weightlifters train. They perform a tremendous amount of volume in their workouts, often training twice a day with workouts lasting up to three hours.

Asked what he believes is the most important step that needs to be done to make the US a world power in weightlifting again, Broz replied, “Change the mindset of the lifters and the coaches – they need to change their target goals. It seems that just about everyone in this country thinks that to be a national champion in the US is a great goal, which is really sad. In my gym we only have international lifters on our videos and we only have the world records on the wall. Who cares about the American records? – our goal is to be the best in the world. If you break American records on the way, that’s great, but it’s just one step in the process and it’s not the apex of what the lifters at my gym are shooting for.”

The American Open is scheduled for December 10-12 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the meet director is Chris Cleary. Often many of these national events can be seen live, and links for the broadcast are made available through the USA Weightlifting website, www.usaweightlifting.org.

Image-BFS Website Downloads


The BFS Downloads page is a deep source of information on many aspects of the BFS Total Program.

From a full six page, illustrated, booklet on the BFS Speed program to step by step Men's and Women's Flexibilty charts BFS Downloads are convenient and easy souce of program material.

Bring your agilty up to new heiights by utilizing the tools found free in the BFS Downloads page, including the famouse BFS Dot Drill routines. Plyometrics can give your team the explosive edge you need - get started with the free BFS Plyometrics program work sheet.

Take the time to explore the BFS Downloads page and we are sure you will find excellent items to help you achieve your goals. From Position Papers like the one featured in this e-mail to order forms for custom equipment this page of the BFS site is a fantastic resource.

Image-downloads link on BFS Website

The BFS Downloads Page just a click away from the biggerfasterstronger.com homepage. Just look for the link in the blue sidebar located on the left side of the page.

DOWNLOADS ARE FREE
We are always looking to add more content to this page so check back often.


   
Dont forget to follow us on Twitter or friend us up at Facebook


Image-New Equipment Features

Call BFS to learn more about upcoming events!
800-628-9737

Fax (801) 975-1159 • 843 West 2400 South • Salt Lake City, UT 84119

All Content © 2008        Bigger Faster Stronger Incorporated        All Rights Reserved