Transitioning Athletes to Off-Season or Winter Sports The transition from fall to winter is upon us, but what does that mean for you? Here in the upper Midwest, it typically means you’re transitioning from football or volleyball to traditional winter sports like basketball or wrestling. However, we need to be prepared for two scenarios – athletes transitioning to a fall sport and those that are transitioning to an off-season. Keep reading for my ideas and suggestions for

2020-11-19T12:53:36-06:00By |

COVID and the Return to Training

The return to training and participating in high school athletics was welcomed by coaches, parents, and athletes this past summer. Several programs across the country opened their doors to eager students who were ready and willing to be around their peers and back into a training program. However, other programs, schools, and states have yet to resume in-person training and coaching.   After going through the

2020-11-12T09:13:18-06:00By |

3 Tools for Outdoor Training Hey guys, it's Mike Piercy here from The Lab Performance and Sports Science here in Fairfield, New Jersey. I am coming to you with this month's Gopher Performance blog. This month what I want to talk about is outdoor training. Dealing with COVID and the difference pandemic issues wherever you are it might necessitate

2020-10-27T08:15:48-05:00By |

A Pandemic Silver Lining – A True Off-Season Hey, Jeff Reinardy here, head strength and conditioning coach at Winona State University. Look, we're still in the midst of this pandemic, and it's been long and it's been kind of a trudge, but it's time to see a little bit of silver lining. The silver lining is this - for many of us,

2020-09-16T10:44:59-05:00By |

The Only Squat Box Deserving Real Estate in Your Weight Room

The Gopher Combo Box The first squat box of its kind offers unrivaled versatility and durability. Perform maximal box squats, hip thrusts, step-ups, split squats, and a variety of accessory exercises with one universal solution. Built to Last This box will stand up to your toughest athletes and then some. Boasting uncompromising durability, it can

2020-07-23T14:03:29-05:00By |

Getting Back to Basics Hey, Jeff Reinardy here, Winona State University and today we're going to talk about, you know, getting back to basics. We're finally back at school, or we're getting there very shortly for most of us. Now, some of it's going to be hybrid some of it's going to be online but I know that

2020-08-27T13:58:12-05:00By |

Unilateral vs Bilateral Squats: Which Should You Program?

One of the biggest online debates within the strength and conditioning community is the bilateral squats versus unilateral squats. Some coaches believe that performing traditional squats while standing on two feet (bilateral) is without a doubt the best way to squat. Other coaches counter that single-leg squatting movements reign supreme, citing that they are more

2020-08-04T15:02:30-05:00By |

3 Ways to Train for the New Fitness Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered as an event that changed and shuttered many industries. As we navigate murky waters, the performance industry will be faced with many challenges as it transitions into our new normal. As we learn more about the virus daily, we are forced to make more adjustments than ever to the

2020-07-13T12:48:15-05:00By |

Band Movements Your Athletes Can Do At Home

Upper Body Band Movements [0:00] Hi, Jeff Reinardy, Strength and Conditioning coach and Winona State University. This, like many of you this has become our reality as this COVID-19 has continued to spread. The time that we're going to see other individuals in our facilities, the ability to get out of your own home

2020-03-31T14:10:12-05:00By |