Wil Fleming on Assessing and Implementing VBT in Olympic Weighlifting

Running Force Fitness and Performance was great, but Olympic weightlifter and sports performance coach Wil Fleming wanted to focus on his true passion…


After 10 years of owning and operating Force, Wil decided to sell the business in 2018 and founded 1Kilo Weightlifting.

At 1Kilo, Wil specializes in coaching Olympic weightlifting for athletes both online and in person.

In addition to his work as a coach, Wil is a sought-after speaker and the author of numerous books for athletes, including the Complete Weightlifting Handbook and Velocity-Based Training For Weightlifting.

Wil joins me today to discuss velocity-based training and how he’s using it with weightlifters.

He explains how he uses VBT as a readiness tool and how it impacts his decision-making and training.

He describes how he utilizes VBT to plan and manage his monthly training cycles, instead of using the more obsolete percentage-based approach.

And last but not least, Wil also shares what exercise he finds most effective for power development, and reveals what Olympic derivatives he’d give to field and court athletes to maximize theirs.


If you’re a strength and conditioning coach, you’d want to touch that peak power zone. Olympic lifts are a direct route to that. – Wil Fleming


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • The evolution of Wil’s businesses and how he took his coaching online
  • Why he sold his business and went on to become a solo entrepreneur
  • Wil’s current business model and the importance of establishing the “why” of your business
  • The value of niching down a business
  • Why Wil is a huge fan of velocity-based training in weightlifting
  • The importance of testing athletes and getting a velocity profile
  • How Wil uses VBT as a readiness tool with weightlifters and other athletes
  • The true power of the muscle snatch
  • The objectivity behind velocity-based training
  • Potential risks and complications from muscle snatches
  • How Wil’s training philosophy changed over the past three years
  • The biggest business lesson Wil learned since COVID-19


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