Olympic Lifting: Explosive Power Development Programby Brute Strength
At brUTE we develop individualized training programs based on results from our initial testing period. Our programming includes specified warm ups and movement prep exercises to perfect technique and prevent injury. brUTE training programs include structured progressions in strength and power development, gymnastics, and endurance. We will not stop searching for the best way to combine them all to build the most well rounded athlete possible.
Michael Cazayoux has been coaching and competing in CrossFit for four years. He has eleven years of Olympic and power lifting experience. Cazayoux spent one year as an assistant weightlifting coach at Southern Utah University where he worked with athletes from the football, soccer, track and field, and gymnastics teams. Following SUU, he spent one year at Louisiana State University working with a variety of sports before moving back to Utah.Cazayoux graduated from the Utah Honor’s College with a BS in Psychology. He is currently writing a thesis for a Master’s in Sports Performance.Cazayoux is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), as well as USA Weightlifting (USAW) coach. He is a CrossFit Level One Trainer and is certified in CrossFit Coaches Prep, CrossFit Weightlifting 1 and 2, Fascial Stretch Therapy, and Functional Movement Systems (FMS).Cazayoux was a CrossFit World Games competitor in 2011, and a CrossFit Affiliate World Cup Champion in 2012 and 2013 with his team the “HacksPack.”Cazayoux can run a mile in 5:09, can deadlift 500 lbs, and has a 2:02 Fran.Cazayoux originally moved to Utah for drug treatment when he was 17 years old. It was a huge success and found CrossFit and coaching to be an integral part of that rehabilitation process.Cazayoux was born in Arlington, Virginia and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana three months later. He spent his childhood and adolescent years in New Roads, LA. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Matt Bruce is an Olympic Weightlifting National Champion and is a member of multiple Junior and Senior World Teams. He has been coaching athletes to gain explosive strength, power, and force velocity development for over twelve years.Bruce found success n his first year of coaching, leading five athletes to medals at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Championships, as well as winning a team championship in the 18-19 year old division.Bruce has been led by one of the best in the weightlifting industry, Gayle Hatch. Hatch’s system is used for many top college programs nationwide, including Alabama, LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, and Florida State, as well as NFL teams including NY Giants and Buffalo Bills.Bruce graduated from LSU earning a Masters in Kinesiology. He is a certified CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach and a certified Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach from USAW.During his career, some of Bruce’s best lifts included a snatch of 334 lbs. and a clean and jerk of 422 lbs. at a body weight of 187 lbs.
Jeff Wittmer began Olympic Weightlifting at the age of 10 in his home basement gym. Jeff’s father, Dr. Michael Wittmer, a former National level competitor himself had Jeff begin lifting weights to improve his ability in other sports. After a few months of training Jeff decided to enter his first meet and from there he had continued success by winning his first 50 competitions. After winning multiple Jr. Nationals after high school graduation he accepted an invitation to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He continued to compete throughout his mid-20s with success in national and international competitions. Jeff earned his Bachelor Degree in Marketing and is currently works as an Operations Supervisor at an IT System Integration company based in St. Louis, MO. Jeff also has taught weightlifting classes at local Crossfit gyms and serves as an instructor/demonstrator for Olympic Weightlifting seminars across the country.