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About Ryan Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Normandale Community College, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, playing football at both NCC and Augsburg. “RJ” teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000. Wayzata Athletics have captured 52 team state titles in histenure; Johnson works directly with the three-time state champion football program as Director of Operations and Player Development. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Specialist – both certifications with Distinction and is the Minnesota NSCA State Director. NSCA awards include Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year 2010; State Director of the Year 2013; Strength of America Award 2015; and 2017 National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. In 2017 he became a founding Board Member of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA); and serves as a Regional Director for the organization. A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice. Johnson is a frequent clinician, speaker, author and his Wayzata Trojan Power program has been visited by over 50 other high school and small college programs. He also volunteered his time in the Rockford School District where he and his wife and four children reside by serving as the Rockford Area Youth Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director.
14 Aug 2018

4 Expert Tips to Develop Power in your High School Weight Room

2018-08-13T13:24:36+00:00 By |

There is only one way to sprint, and that is fast. Training for Power in the weight room follows that analogy. To develop power you have to train fast. This analogy is also about recovery. To train for speed, do fewer reps with full recovery between sets. The same goes for lifting. To train for [...]

21 Jun 2018

A Complete Nutrition Guide for High School Athletes

2018-07-24T14:57:45+00:00 By |

I’ve been a strength and conditioning coach for 20 years.  I have seen a lot of trends, methods, etc. and have fielded thousands of questions from parents and athletes.  I would have to honestly say the majority of questions center around nutrition and supplements.  People want to get bigger and stronger, now obviously this happens [...]

18 Apr 2018

Programming Agility Drills for Your Teams

2018-04-19T11:37:03+00:00 By |

Recently I had the opportunity to work with a freshman team sports physical education class.  I don’t remember what our first unit was, but I remember what I did on day one.  I started with agility drills.  I figured if we were going to be teaching a group of youngsters how to play sports, we [...]

15 Mar 2018

Building a Strong Squat Foundation for Athletes

2018-03-20T16:09:25+00:00 By |

The squat is one of the cornerstones of the Trojan Power Program. We teach movements rather than “lifts” in our facility, and the squat is one of the first movements we incorporate, making it essential that students have a solid squat foundation to build upon. Wall Squats To start, I suggest taking athletes to a [...]

30 Nov 2017

Transitioning Fall Athletes to the Off-Season or Winter Sports

2018-06-25T11:59:01+00:00 By |

Endurance as Part of Your Transition Programming Endurance training in the high school setting is most often times left up to the sport-specific coach. However there are certain times of the year that strength coaches can benefit multiple athletes and coaches across a variety of sports. The time in which fall athletes transition into winter [...]

3 Oct 2017

Sports Conditioning with Metabolic Movements

2018-06-25T11:59:25+00:00 By |

Conditioning for Sport with Time Constraints Coaches and athletes are always looking to get as much out of each workout as possible and time is of the essence when training.  Athletes are always on the go, and coaches always have another group to train.  Time is one thing that even the rich and famous cannot afford to [...]

29 Aug 2017

Football Conditioning Drills: Pattern Running Intervals by Position

2018-06-25T12:06:45+00:00 By |

Football Conditioning Drills Should Be Position Specific When thinking about conditioning football players, there needs to be an understanding of the specific demands of the sport.  The football conditioning drills used in your program should not only cater to the unique demands of the sport, but also the demands of each position.  A defensive lineman [...]

27 Jun 2017

Turf in the Weight Room: How It Can Benefit Your Program

2018-06-25T12:09:58+00:00 By |

Adding Turf in the Weight Room, From Start To Finish Here is Pt. II of our video series with Wayzata HS Head Strength Coach Ryan Johnson. In our first video here, we covered their new weight room and the how and why behind it's design and function. Today, we're digging deeper into The Wayzata Strength [...]