22 Aug 2019

How to Implement the Contralateral Circuit Training

2019-08-23T15:44:58-05:00By |

The contralateral circuit can be used during the first aerobic block to develop an effective aerobic base to build upon later. The aerobic block is an overlooked and neglected component to any program. While lifting heavy all the time may be fun and flashy, it is not beneficial for the athlete if they are only [...]

15 Aug 2019

Three Anti-Extension (Core) Exercises Every Athlete Should Master

2019-08-15T15:37:20-05:00By |

An efficient core allows for optimal acceleration, deceleration, and stabilization of the kinetic chain during functional movement. Core training is a vital aspect and common practice of functioning athletes at all levels. To the average fitness enthusiast, core development might mean rippling washboard abs, but for the competing athlete looking to develop true functional strength, [...]

7 Aug 2019

3 Superset Mistakes High School Strength Coaches Make

2019-08-07T14:41:07-05:00By |

My coaching goal is to be as effective and efficient as possible. In other words, I strive to yield the best results in the least amount of time. Therefore, I am a big fan of using supersets (pairing exercises), as opposed to single station training (performing one exercise at a time). Research continually shows that [...]

1 Aug 2019

Sprint Mechanics for Your Athletes

2019-07-31T09:39:35-05:00By |

Most athletes and coaches strive for increased speed as an important aspect of their training. To achieve that goal, our summer program incorporates a lot of sprint mechanics out on the field and track. We also employ a great system for training multiple athletes at once called the grid system. To set up the grid, [...]

25 Jul 2019

Your High School Weight Program Evaluation

2019-07-25T14:17:19-05:00By |

July is coming to an end and at our place of employment that means we need to write our end-of-year weight program evaluations. I never have been able to figure out why July is the “end of the year,” but that is a discussion for another time. Since evaluation is on my mind, now is [...]

23 Jul 2019

Triune Brain Theory and Strength Training

2019-07-24T09:29:18-05:00By |

Over the past 20 years of teaching high school weight training, I have discovered several philosophies that have helped guide me. Several years ago, I was introduced to the Triune Brain Theory, which has drastically helped me become a better teacher and coach of high school age students. How does this relate to strength training [...]

16 Jul 2019

How to Add Fun Competition Workouts to Groups

2019-07-26T13:37:43-05:00By |

Coaches are always looking for ways to add fun competition workouts to their programs. In my experience, competition workouts are a great way to break up the monotony of training and can result in team building too. Athletes are competitive by nature, so they enjoy testing their mettle with fun challenges or finishers in group [...]

9 Jul 2019

Choosing the Right Weightlifting Belt for Your Athletes

2019-07-16T15:20:13-05:00By |

Weightlifting belts have been a staple in the weight room for many years, especially for athletic populations. They are extremely popular in power lifting and often used in Olympic lifting as well. The main reason they are used is to increase intra-abdominal pressure, forming a strong core that supports and stabilizes the inter-vertebral disks. This [...]

25 Jun 2019

4 Farmer’s Walk Exercises to Get Farm Strong

2019-06-25T09:20:53-05:00By |

As strength coaches, we are always seeking out training equipment that can maximize training efficiency. One of the best Jack-of-all-trades tools to accomplish multiple fitness goals simultaneously is the farmer’s walk bar. The farmer’s walk bar will efficiently: Increase grip and upper trapezius strengthIncrease core strength (particularly the quadratus lumborum and the internal oblique)Strengthen the [...]

18 Jun 2019

Utilizing a Repetition Range Strength Program

2019-06-18T08:22:16-05:00By |

Using a repetition range training system for high school athletes is a great way to increase strength performance. In addition, it establishes the proper training mindset. Through systematic goal-setting and periodization of workouts, athletes can focus their workouts on effort. But it isn’t just about max effort—it is about the work that goes into the [...]