Be Legendary: A Sorinex Podcast Episode 42 - June 11th, 2019

Sorinex’s President and CEO Bert Sorin sits down with our founder Dave Spitz. Dave and Bert’s history goes back many years starting when they were both NCAA collegiate hammer throwers. Both are pioneers in the strength community and talk about a wide range of topics from finding meaning in life, the Cal Strength origin story, coaching modalities, getting to the 2020 Olympics and everything in between.

Weightlifting House Podcast: Wes Kitts and Christian ‘Chevy’ Ocasio - June 3rd, 2019

The combination of these two training partners, Wes Kitts and Chevy, led to a truly special episode. This episode was not only motivational, offering a deeper look into the events that lead Wes to the sensational heights he has reached, but also hilarious, showing us a real look at the relationships needed to form one of the most successful training partnerships in the USA.

Weightlifting House Podcast: Dave Spitz | The Godfather - May 13th, 2019

Dave Spitz has arguably affected more weightlifters than any other American in history. Not only is Dave an incredible coach, but he is also an extremely smart businessman. By marrying these two qualities together he has produced the most famous weightlifting team in the world: California Strength.

In this episode we spoke about Pan Ams, the 'golden era' of Cal Strength, Wes Kitts' continual development, the serious discussions all coaches must have, the fall of Scott Hisaka, and of course Ivan Abadjiev and Donny Shankle.

The Philosophical Weightlifting Podcast with Dave Spitz and Wes Kitts and co-host Seb Ostrowicz - June 9th, 2018

Travis Mash's Barbell Life Podcast: The GodFather of Weightlifting Dave Spitz - September 29th, 2017

Coaches Tuck Radio (Delta Weightlifting) with Dave Spitz - September 13th, 2017

“Disappointment fades, regret lingers.” In Episode 8 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don sits down with the Godfather himself, Dave Spitz, owner and head coach of California Strength.

Dave discusses how he approaches disappointment, failure, and adversity as a way to evolve and improve, and that the keys to successfully navigating that terrain come down to fine tuning the finer details of things and setting your ego aside to not only accept what you don’t know, but also do seek out those who do know and learn from them.

The Godfather strives to “fight the war on mediocrity” daily, and it starts with his athletes. He continually impresses upon his athletes the importance of working towards being a better person, a better student, and a better weightlifter….in that order. It’s a simple recipe that can provide a potent punch.

Mark Bell PowerCast with Dave Spitz and Wes Kitts

Part 1 - Dave Spitz, owner of California Strength, a well-known weightlifting gym on the Bay Area, and his top lifter Wes Kitts joined us recently. Wes is the owner of the American record for the snatch with 175kg (385.8 lbs). Part 1 largely focuses on Dave’s foray into weightlifting and how it led to the formation of California Strength.


Part 2 - This episode includes a conversation about Cal Strength’s NFL combine prep course, the most funny/painful story in the history of the show that DOESN’T involve poop, as well as other topics.

The Mind Muscle Project with Dave Spitz - 6/18/17

How a small Youtube channel sparked a weightlifting movement, the California Strength story with Dave Spitz.  Dave also discusses the importance of CrossFit and the continued growth of American weightlifting and dives into the Barbell WOD Program.

'Airborne Mind' Podcast with Dave Spitz - 1/4/16

In this episode, some things we chat about:

How Dave kept the doors open during the dark days when Olympic Weightlifting wasn’t cool (along with tons of other lessons for gym owners), what goes into a great strength program for CrossFit and other sports, and strengthening the bridge between Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit.

Show Notes:

(3:25) – Before Cal Strength became Cal Strength
(6:30) – Internal self talk when starting Cal Strength
(8:35) – Building your tribe and attracting the right athletes
(10:40) – Keeping the doors open during the dark days
(12:06) – 3 pieces of advice for gym owners who want to go from hobby to business
(14:27) – Core values to stick to if you want to specialize in athletic performance
(16:20) – Initial reaction when CrossFit came along
(20:17) – What is it about the Snatch that gets you hooked?
(22:20) – Tinkering with why you have limitations and what you can do to alleviate them
(24:20) – Growing the sport of weightlifting in the U.S.
(30:30) – The chess game being played at a weightlifting meet
(33:05) – Molding the training environment based on the stimulus you’re trying to achieve
(36:25) – Structuring your strength to get better at CF
(39:40) – What makes a great strength program
(41:41) – Partial range movements for Olympic Lifting
(43:49) – Reflecting on the trends from Barbell WOD’s data points
(47:20) – Preparing for the Olympics
(49:25) – Using your athleticism to lift the weight
(50:48) – Athletic development for kids
(53:58) – What GPP should look like before you specialize

'PowerAthlete' Podcast with Dave Spitz - 12/30/16


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. 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!

'Weightlifting Talk' Podcast with Jon North, Dave Spitz and Wes Kitts - 12/14/16

'TrainHeroic Webinar' with Dave Spitz, Noah Ohlsen and Charlie Zamora - 10/2/15

Kelly Starrett's Mobility WOD Podcast: Barbell Programming for GPP w/ Dave Spitz (Feat: Noah Ohlsen)

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