Malvern Student and Weightlifter Tom Ferrari has written a post for the Malvern Strength Blog! This is hopefully the first of many. I have always envisioned the idea of students contributing to this blog's content. Best part about this situation is that it happend completly uninitiated by me.
The Athlete's Side of the Story
By. Tommy Ferrari
If you haven't already heard (which you should have) Malvern Preparatory School has started an Olympic Weightlifting team in the past year, and it has truly blossomed during this time. To date, Coach Erik Miller has had 40 lifters compete in at least one competition this year, with several of those qualifying for Nationals. Students are drawn to the sport's strength gains, which are helpful for other sports, as well as the self-driven nature of it. I had a chance to sit down with Zach O'Neill, a junior at Malvern and a national qualifier at the 77 kilogram weight class.
Tommy: Well Zach thank you for taking your time to talk with us.
Zach: It's my pleasure, Thom.
T: Now Zach, tell us the story of how you got involved with the Olympic weightlifting team.
Z: Well I've always consulted Mr. Erik Miller for lifting advice. So when he told me he was starting an Olympic weightlifting team, I was ecstatic. I would finally be able to lift as a sport, rather than for a sport.
T: How has the sport help you prepare for your senior football season?
Z: Well, the workouts are very taxing, and I have seen a lot of progress in terms of strength and muscle gain. The lifts are very applicable to the explosive nature of football, and I am sure that I will see improvement in the fall.
T: Speaking of Mr. Miller, describe his coaching style to me.
Z: Well his immense knowledge of muscle structure and palpable passion for the sport combined with his patience allow Mr. Miller to be one of the most effective and best liked coaches on campus. He also has a groovy beard.
T: (laugh) I'm sure he'll appreciate that. Now you qualified for nationals recently at the Hillsborough invitational. What was that experience like?
Z: Pure euphoria, Thom. pure euphoria. All my hard work had paid off, and it was an excellent experience to share with my team.
T: Now which of the 2 lifts is your favorite?
Z: Well you can't really pick favorites in this sport. I try to maintain a lifting triangle, with me at the top, clean and jerk to my left, and snatch to my right. As long as the triangle stays intact, I will thrive.
T:What are some of your favorite exercises other than the two Olympic lifts?
Z: I enjoy squatting and any type of cleaning.
T: And now the real question....who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament?
Z: Long Island. any team that's good enough to beat Mount St. Mary's is the best team around.