Olympic Lifting with Coach Pendlay

All sports need power. More power means more strength. More power means you can achieve higher speeds faster. Olympic lifts develop power and have we got a “Powerful” name for you.

The “Pendlay” name is synonymous with Olympic Lifting as Glenn Pendlay has been coaching Olympic Weightlifting for over 20 years and CSA is very excited to welcome Mr. Pendlay and his team to the CSA Family.


Glenn Pendlay

Glen’s entry into the sport came in 1992 when he had the chance to learn how to do the lifts himself from Russian legend / coach Alexander Medvedyev after attending the Junior World Powerlifting championships in Moscow. Medvedyev invited Glenn to stay and train with him, and taught him the basics of Olympic Weightlifting. This was a life-changing experience.

Glenn had started School at Kansas State University with the intention of graduating with a history degree and becoming a high school teacher. His experiences in Moscow, especially seeing the science aspect of training and human performance, made him change his major immediately upon getting back from Moscow to Exercise Physiology. He eventually graduated from KSU with a BS, and went on to get his Masters degree in the same field.

Glenn chose to do research in the field of endocrinology while completing his Masters degree, specifically studying how different levels of stress affect the endocrine system and how this in turn affects the bodys adaptation to the stress. This research led to multiple papers being published in peer reviewed journals, and also to Glenns’ working with not only weightlifters, but athletes from as diverse of backgrounds as cyclists, skiiers, and track and field athletes.

Wichita Falls Weightlifting was established in 1999 with Glenn as the head coach, and from 1999 to 2009 was one of the top producing clubs in the USA. During his time as the coach of that club, Glenn produced over 90 national champions, over 20 medalists in international competition, and his athletes have broken as many as 10 American records in a single year. He has coached successful athletes all the way from 10 year old Schoolage National Champions, to Senior World Team member and Pan American medalist, to Masters World Champion and World Record holder. His teams also competed successfully for team championships, including 6 mens collegiate national team titles in 7 years, and a string of 3 Junior National team titles in a row!

Glenn is currently one of the primary instructors for the USA Weightlifting Trainer/Coaches certification programs and is also the head coach for the California Strength Weightlifting team, currently coaching a group of athletes which includes American Record holder and #1 ranked American Junior lifter Caleb Ward, and Senior national champion, World Team members and Pan Am team members Donny Shankle and Jon North.

CSA is excited to have Glenn and his incredible team of athletes and coaches (Donny, John, Caleb, Kevin, etc) on board to help CSA’s Athletes “learn directly from the source” when it comes to Olympic Lifting.

Glenn and his team of World Class Olympic Lifters run our “Olympic Lifting Training Sessions” on Thursday Nights at 7:30PM. These are 90 Minute Intensive Sessions designed to help our CrossFit Athletes learn, become proficient and ultimately master the Olympic Lifts. Space is limited, Access is for CSA Members Only and Drop Ins are not allowed.