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Author Archives: Don Ricci, CSCS

About Don Ricci, CSCS

Don was a two time National Champion and All-American water polo goalie at the University of Southern California prior to getting involved in coaching strength & conditioning and weightlifting. As the owner and Head Coach of DELTA Weightlifting in Sacramento, CA, the Power Athlete Methodology has been a crucial component in developing better overall athleticism with his competitive weightlifters with international level athletes and national medalists to show for it. In addition to proudly being a Power Athlete Block One Coach, Don is also a USA Weightlifting Level 4 International Coach, a USA Weightlifting Lead Instructor for the Level 1 & 2 Coaching Certification Courses, and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Don has coached and trained athletes from virtually every sport at levels ranging from youth beginner to National Team level.

Dedicate to Filling Your Holes

Coaching is more than just a job – it’s a vocation. As such, you must be willing to make sacrifices with your time, your training, your […]

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The Sacrifices It Takes To Be A Great Coach

The life of a coach is not for the faint of heart. While the barrier to entry is relatively low, the hurdles and obstacles to sustain […]

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Weightlifter Training Holes

Elite weightlifters are some of the most dynamic and impressive sagittal strength athletes in the world. They display impressive speed, power, mobility, and stability with a […]

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Weightlifting Competition Coaching for the Novice Coach

You’re an S&C coach – you primarily serve as support staff to the sport coach, where your ultimate goal is to physically prepare your athletes for […]

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Coach Like a Pro, Not Like a “System Guy”

In the world of performance it’s common practice for a coach to label themselves as a system guy: “I’m a conjugate guy”, “I’m an weightlifting guy”, […]

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Drive Adaptation, Enhance Performance

Our role as strength coaches is to best prepare our athletes for the physical demands imposed on them through their sport.  In order to do that, […]

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7 Coaching Tools to Master the Power Clean: Part III

The sport of Weightlifting in the United States is steadily growing has more and more athletes that are exposed to bumper plates and barbells in their high school athletic programs. While […]

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7 Coaching Tools to Master the Power Clean: Part II

The Power Clean is a complex skill that can be broken down into different phases and movements, all focused on putting an athlete in a position […]

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7 Coaching Tools to Master the Power Clean: Part I

Understanding the WHY behind sets, reps, or a movement does not prepare you to coach, especially when it comes to a complex skill like the Power […]

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The Real Purpose of the Power Clean

A key principle of our Bedrock program is that of  the minimum effective dose, or the minimum amount of work required to drive the maximum amount […]

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Teaching the Power Clean on Bedrock

Let’s kickoff a series of articles to empower coaches incorporating the Power Clean for their non-weightlifter athletes. As a coach working with various athletes from gen-pop, […]

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