| | | PA Radio – Episode 188: Dave Spitz

Author / Cali Hinzman


The Coach’s Hippocratic Oath

When you want to be the best, you have to believe in your heart that you’re a bad motherfucker. These sage words come from none other than this week’s PA Radio guest, Dave Spitz [@Cal_Strength]. Coach Spitz runs California Strength in NorCal and is committed to making American Weightlifting medalists….So much so that he he believes a coach’s is job is to work for the athlete, and not the other way around.

The guys discuss the pros and cons of early adoption of the sport and specialization as well as some of what Dave would considers essential attributes of a successful weightlifter. You may find it surprising that the age old practice of sizing up an athlete based on limb and torso length does not hold weight as once thought. Even a seasoned coach like Dave is constantly reevaluating his assessment process.

And finally, a few stories about notorious Bulgarian Weightlifting master, Coach Ivan Abadjiev. The man often referred to as “Uncle” by his pupils is always to be respected and never to be trusted. Find out why!



Cal Strength and Power Athlete are like brothers from another mother…and if that mother had a name, it would be Train Heroic. You can find all of their amazing programming on the Train heroic site or just admire as a fanboy by following them on instagram under the handle @Cal_Strength. Looking for more info or the opportunity to train at the Cal Strength facility? Visit http://www.californiastrength.com.

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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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