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Choosing the Right Weightlifting Belt for Your Athletes

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

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

4 Farmer’s Walk Exercises to Get Farm Strong

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

2019-09-05T11:59:04-05:00By |

Utilizing a Repetition Range Strength Program

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

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

Why You Should Add the Standing Long Jump Test to Your Program

If you’re looking to help your clients/athletes develop speed a great assessment to use to establish a programming baseline is the Standing Long Jump Test. The Standing Long Jump (also called the Broad Jump) test measures lower-body horizontal explosiveness and/or power. For this test you would usually have to lay down tape in your facility

2019-07-16T15:20:58-05:00By |

Top 6 Lifts with the Detonate VariBar Multi-Grip Bar

The Gopher Performance Detonate VariBar multi-grip bar is a great accessory bar that pronates the lifter’s grip 90 degrees so the palms face each other. This rotated grip takes stress off the shoulders during presses, bent-over rows, and more, reducing the chance of injury. It involves the hands and wrists more as stabilizers for most

2019-06-06T09:58:10-05:00By |

The Inverted Row

The inverted row is a classic back exercise that has been shown to be a very efficient, all-around exercise to hit the back muscles, including the Latissimus dorsi (lats), rhomboids, trapeziuses, and biceps depending on hand grip. It's a great way to help balance out a typical workout that is chest or pressing heavy. The

2019-06-06T09:59:55-05:00By |

How to Get in Shape for Hockey (Fast)

It has been said that speed kills, but what kills speed?  Fatigue kills speed. You may be the fastest skater, but if you get tired faster than other players, you will soon be the slowest.  You may be the most powerful athlete, but when you get tired, you will be the weakest. This allowed Muhammed

2019-10-25T14:08:21-05:00By |

Increase Movement with Functional Movement Screening Tests

In the world of athletics, everything starts with movement. An athlete’s ability to move in different planes is critical to their personal health and success as well as the success of their training program. Functional movement screening (FMS) is a process used to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns executed by athletes without musculoskeletal injuries to

2019-05-15T11:14:46-05:00By |

Blog Series: Intangible Skills All Super Athletes Have (Part 3)

As March wanes and April rounds the corner, athletes gear up for summer sports all over the country. If your off-season it’s a great time for young athletes to focus on improvement during their spring training programs. In the final part in this series, we will focus on four final intangible skills that every athlete needs to be the best version of themselves. Coach your athletes to master these, and you will help them to become more well-rounded athletes in the long run.Here are the final four intangible skills that super athletes have in spades:

2019-08-16T13:24:49-05:00By |