| | | | PA Radio – Episode 119: Glenn Pendlay

Author / Cali Hinzman


Weightlifting is a test of work ethic.

This week we are pleased to bring you our conversation with Glenn Pendlay.  This long time coach has worked with athletes of the highest caliber from around the country.  Originally gaining notoriety at California Strength with the likes of Donny Shankle, Max Aita, and Caleb Ward, Coach Pendlay eventually made his was to the east coast.  He now coaches full time with Team MDUSA, a privately funded National Olympic Weightlifting team.

Have you ever wondered what personalities are best suited for Olympic Weightlifting or why great athletes don’t always make the best coaches? Coach Pendlay answers those questions in detail in our conversation. And a few interesting points of our chat regarded the semantics surrounding the origin of the term “Catapult Method”.  Get the real story from Glenn and the no-bullshit answer to the question “Is this really a method?”

Coach Pendlay discusses what it was like to leave Cal Strength and make the transition to Muscle Driver as well as some of his experiences with standout athletes from both.  What’s on the horizon for Coach Pendlay and Team MDUSA?  To find out, stay tuned.

Catapult method


To find our more about Coach Pendlay and the Muscle Driver crew, including past guest, Sean Rigsby, visit here.  You can keep tabs on Glenn and hear updates about his book release by following him on Instagram under the name @glennpendlay.

Don’t forget to tune in next week for our amazing conversation with Matt Wichlinski.  He’s the head strength and conditioning coach for the WWE Performance Center.

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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