Contributions to strength sports:
Sean is the head coach and owner of Waxman's Gym. He's been a professional coach for twenty-seven years, a national-level weightlifter, and a graduate-level student of kinesiology and biomechanics. In 2018, Sean was elected to serve his first term as a technical director on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors and is the USA Board of Directors liaison to the Coaching Committee and is currently President of the LWC President's Advisory Council to USA Weightlifting.
Sean started his coaching career in 1995 when Los Angeles City College hired him to work with Men's Basketball and two years later they won their first state championship. After two years working with Women's Volleyball at the College of the Canyons, they captured their first conference championship. The boys' volleyball team at Mira Costa High School, after one year working with Sean, captured their first National Championship. Redondo Union High School's girls' volleyball won their conference for the first time and set a new school record for wins at the end of one year of training with Sean. The baseball team of Loyola High School brought home their first CIF Championship in fifty-four years after a single year with Sean as their strength coach. He has also been the Strength Coach for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the I.H.L. and for Arn Tellem of SFX Management preparing draft picks for their first NBA season.
In late 2000, Sean started Pure Strength, a private training facility located in Southern California. From 2000-2010, he developed dozens of NCAA Division I-A scholarship athletes in a variety of sports. Included in this list are four Southern California High School Volleyball Players of the Year, three California High School Volleyball Players of the Year, one California High School Baseball Player of the Year, one CIF Baseball Player of the Year, one National High School Volleyball Player of the Year, and four members of the USA Junior National Volleyball Team.
Since opening Waxman's Gym in 2010, Sean has developed two top-ten finishers at the World Weightlifting Championships, a World University Championship Silver medalist, two Pan Am Championship Silver medalists, and two Pan Am Championship team members. More than two dozen national-level weightlifters including nine National medalists and three national champions have developed under Sean. Moreover, Sean’s lifters have produced four American records, nine International medals, and fifteen National medals.
Sean also has a great passion for helping other coaches learn to teach/coach weightlifting. Sean’s training methodologies and ability to make complex movement skills seem simple to make him one of the most sought-after coaches and lecturers in the country.
Sean is an International Weightlifting Coach with USA Weightlifting. His athletes have produced four American records, nine International medals, fifteen National medals, and three National Championships. His over twenty-seven years of experience and success make him one of the most sought-after coaches and lecturers in the country in the fields of Long-Term Athletic Development and Developing High Performance.
Additionally activities to promote strength sports:
I am on the BOD for USA Weightlifting. I vigorously promote the Barbell and its use with my social media platform. Please let me know if you are looking for more specific information.
How long have you been involved in strength sports:
I lifted my first barbell forty years ago. I got my first coaching job twenty-seven years ago at Los Angeles City College as their Strength Coach
Most memorable moments as a contributor to strength sports?
I don't know if I can look at one moment as a watershed moment for me. But what I am most proud of is that the barbell and the lessons it teaches have been an integral part of my life for over four decades. It has been my guiding light, my savior, and the means by which I earn my living. It's a love affair that will never end.