Donny —  December 5, 2010 — 7 Comments

(I did a Skype session this morning with David Woodhouse a Weightlifter in the United Kingdom. He left some very nice comments I would like to share. STAY TUNED to listen to a clip from the session and learn some secrets behind becoming a great weightlifter.)


Just wanted to send you a quick note to say I really enjoyed our session today.

There are a number of points you made that I think will benefit me:

1. I can still improve even approaching my mid 30s!
2. Take a good 20 or 30 minutes between snatches and cleans to ensure the quality of the cleans is maintained
3. Importance and function of drop down (flushing) sets
4. Use of hypers post workout to help with recovery
5. Importance of at least doing bar work on off days
6. Minimising the amount I jump back during the pull (all horzontal movement is lost vertical movement)
7. Eat alot more calories – especially quality meat!! (this means being organised and preparing foods)
8. Reduce (eliminate) the use of anti inflammatories

I’ll check in with you again with an update at the end of January

Best regards


(If you would like to schedule your own Skype consultation with Donny please email him at

Donny Shankle is a three time national champion and world team member in the sport of weightlifting. Donny is the only weightlifter in the United States to beat in competition a defending world champion in over 30 years and was named the country’s most inspirational weightlifter in 2007. Donny is also the only American weightlifter to have trained both as a resident athlete at this country’s regional Olympic training complex and under the tutelage of the world’s greatest weightlifting coach and teacher Ivan Abadjiev. Donny is a marine corps veteran of the Iraq war and resides in San Ramon, CA. He is currently in pursuit of the London Olympics.



7 responses to SKYPE REPORT

  1. Kevin (NewWorldMan) December 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Interesting, thanks for sharing. I am curious to know what the approach is to item # 6. Do you plan on sharing this over on to start a discussion?

  2. CalStrength is redesigning its website which will host its own weightlifting forum soon. Right now I have been spreading myself very thinly working on many different projects at once. If you would like to schedule your own Skype session to learn more on this topic please let me know. I will continue to post some content on off and on but I would prefer to personalize my answers through Skype sessions.

  3. I’m wondering about #8, does this include fish oil, or just harder things like sodium naproxen, etc. I am assuming this is because the inflammation is necessary for the hoped for adaptation response?

  4. Naproxen is fine as well as ibuprofen but I try to encourage a more holistic approach within the complete diet of the weightlifter with organic foods loaded with essential nutrients to combat training effects. Your right about your assumption though.

  5. You are not alone. I think Donny is absolutely incredible. He has taught me so much in a very short period of time. I have only trained with him a handful of times over the last few weeks but I have learned a TON. He is not only incredibly knowledgeable but I love his enthusiasm. I am so fortunate to live near (well, somewhat) California Strength. I drive almost 100 miles round trip to train with him but it is well worth it! I am also in my 30s (late 30s now!) and I know with Donny’s expertise I will only continue to get stronger. It is a great feeling.

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