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Derrick Johnson
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  • Santa Monica, CA
  • United States
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Job Title
Olympic weightlifting coach/Strength Coach/trainer
Current Job Description
As an Olympic coach Derrick Johnson will produce weightlifters that will win national team and individual titles to go along with being selected to international teams representing their respective countries.
As a strength and conditioning coach Derrick Johnson will implement his skills as an Olympic weightlifter to make athletes more explosive, and stronger while focusing on faster movements. Through extensive research Olympic weightlifters have shown that they are more explosive and powerful when compared to other athletes!
Past Job Experience
Derrick Johnson began coaching Olympic when he was 19 years old at Lift for Life Gym located in the city of St. Louis. He was named the head coach at the age of 23, he has produced national champion weightlifters, and his lifters currently represent the United States on international teams.
He is also an active Olympic weightlifter who holds American records, national championships, and he came in 10th at the Olympic Trials in 2008. His goal is to make the 2016 Olympics held in Brazil.
At the age of 24 he was named the head coach of the Olympic weightlifting team at Lindenwood University, which is the only program in the United States that gives scholarships to weightlifters all around the world. In its first year of 2010 his team finished in 2nd place at the National Collegiate Championships.
Derrick Johnson began training fighters in 2010 at the H.I.T. Squad (Matt Hughes & Robbie Lawler's gym) to help them become better athletes and better conditioned when they are in the cage fighting.
Was awarded the 2010 Developmental Coach of the Year for USA Weightlifting by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
In 2011 Derrick Johnson put together the strongest team in American as they went on to win the men's American Open team title.
Derrick Johnson graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor of science degree in Political Science.

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At 11:16pm on February 10, 2013, Myles Cooper said…

Thanks, I'd love to stop by.  I'll get your info from the website.  I'd also like to speak with you about programming and periodization for your training.  I'm very interested in different loading schemes and periodization plans I can use with my athletes as well.

At 8:14pm on February 10, 2013, Myles Cooper said…

Hi Derrick, my name is Myles Cooper.  I'm a strength and conditioning coach at a local university in Los Angeles.  I really enjoy your videos.  Is that a private gym you train at in Santa Monica?

At 7:08am on February 21, 2012, Scott Charland said…

I like seeing your videos on here.  How are things going?

Derrick Johnson's Blog


Repetition in training for a sport or lifting weights helps with better athletic performance and injury prevention. In practice coaches run drills and plays over and over so an athlete can mentally and physically develop the patterns needed to learn the skill in their given sport. This…


Posted on March 19, 2013 at 12:20am

Athletic Performance: Why the food you consume is just as important as training

Years of participating in sports and being a competitive Olympic weightlifter, I have always been around five to six percent body fat and in shape, so I naturally ate whatever I wanted. Being born and raised in St.Louis, Missouri and moving to Los Angeles I already knew the people here in west coast were…


Posted on March 1, 2013 at 10:00pm


1. Not properly stretching- Most beginning weightlifters will only take a few minutes loosening up before they begin their workout. Most likely a person who has been playing sports for years and developing habits and posture related to those sports will be very tight when it comes to Olympic weightlifting. For a beginner the shoulders and hips will be the areas that will be the tightest, and stretching, rolling, and activation exercises should take 30 minutes…


Posted on February 19, 2013 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments


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