The World's Best Technical Olympic Weightlifting CoachCoach Nikolai Ge

It took Coach Nikolai just 5 minutes to fix my Snatch technique.

I am an Olympic Lifter, otherwise known as Weightlifter. I was lucky enough to have a good a teacher and trainers throughout my life to teach me how to lift. In high school, Mr. Tom Kirkbride, the high school wrestling coach, taught me how to weight train. Peter Schmock, taught me how to do the Clean & Jerks and Snatches in Seattle (1993-1994). In Almaty, Coach Nikolai Ge helped me improve on all my lifts (2015-2016) at Reactor Crossfit.

After one year, my entire workout program changed. I went from spending 2 and a half hours in the gym to less than 90 minutes. The 90 minutes were more productive. Coach Nikolai got me to focus more on technique than the actual weight. He would always tell me that I "...was strong at light weight" which is a really good compliment.

Now I just focus on techique.

Coach Nikolai Ge - Almaty, Kazakhstan
One of the first group classes Coach Nikolai Ge taught at Reactor Crossfit.
Coach Nikolai Ge - Almaty, Kazakhstan - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Coach Nikolai was always busy with students. When not at Reactor, he coached tennis at another location.
Coach Nikolai Ge demonstrating the Snatch at Reactor Crossfit - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Coach Nikolai always demonstrated the techniques.
My clean at Reactor Crossfit - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Most of my Olympic Lifts improved within the year.
Coach Nikolai always demonstrating the Snatch at Reactor Crossfit - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Full sequence of the Snatch by Coach Nikolai Ge.

Video of Coach Nikolai Ge

I just have one short video of Coach Nikolai demonstrating the Snatch.


Great trainers are hard to come by. Coach Nikolai passed away in early 2017. I felt I had so much more to learn from him. I wished I had stayed longer in Almaty. Luckily he gave me two Weightlifting technical books he authored. I plan to get them translated into English.