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Take a Sledgehammer to Your Training Program

As a performance coach, I am always looking for one more way to help my athletes climb to the next level. With so many tools and techniques that can be utilized daily within strength programs, it can be easy to fall into the routine of following trends and fitness fads without thinking through the reasoning

2020-03-03T12:01:32-06:00By |

Correct Positioning in Tall Athletes With This Tool

Have you ever tried training a Giraffe? It’s different, not like training other animals like tigers or lions. The long legs make for some interesting adjustments to angles and reaches. In our weight room I lovingly refer to many of our basketball and volleyball players as giraffes. Their long arms and legs are a factor

2020-02-18T11:57:14-06:00By |

Weight Vests Every Strength Program Needs

Over my 20 plus years of training athletes with weight vests, one thing has held true. I have always stopped using them. Despite experimenting with several styles and variations of the implement, I inevitably drift away from them for one reason or another. For example, one vest required small weights to be placed in the

2020-01-22T16:21:12-06:00By |

3 Ways to Train Shoulders Safely

Shoulder health often dominates a program or is completely neglected. But if shoulder health is considered during developmental ages, it can save athletes in the long run. When done correctly, rotator cuff exercises won’t dominate your workout, but supplement it as needed. Here are three general rules to help ensure athletes’ shoulders are healthy from

2019-12-27T13:48:56-06:00By |

Superset and Circuit Mistakes You Might be Making Part 2

As stated in my previous article on supersetting mistakes, supersets create better results in less time than performing conventional sets with periods of rest in between. Since supersetting is both an art and a science, it’s easy to mismatch exercises when designing the workout. It’s important to avoid these mismatches when performing circuits as well,

2019-11-07T09:40:06-06:00By |

Top 6 Landmine Exercises for High School Athletes Landmine exercises are a fantastic option for high school programs, and one that we use on a regular basis. For those who may not be familiar with these exercises, they use a barbell with one end resting on the ground with the athlete lifting and moving the other end. Why are they so great?

2019-11-01T08:05:25-05:00By |

Demolition Atlas Medicine Ball

I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Demolition Atlas Medicine Ball and they hit the mark in all categories. If you are looking for a medicine ball that is functional, durable, and comfortable, look no further.  We are constantly looking for ways to challenge our collegiate athletes. Having these medicine balls at the ready

2019-10-03T08:19:53-05:00By |

Accelerate Your Upper Body Power with the Tsunami Bar

It’s often said that there is nothing new under the sun with strength training, and it’s mostly true. It’s not often that a new training concept or implement comes around. But the Tsunami Bar is an exciting piece of equipment that breaks that status quo. This revolutionary bar can add a new element to your

2019-09-17T08:49:02-05:00By |

The Nucleus Omnibell: A Unique Cross Between Kettlebell and Dumbbell

The Gopher Performance Nucleus Omnibells look a little strange at first, but you’ll quickly realize how nice they are. The uniquely-shaped implement is a new and improved take on the classic dumbbell. Omnibell Overview The Omninbell changes the weight distribution of the classic training tool so that it surrounds the hand, which creates a

2019-09-04T09:12:05-05:00By |