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Top 5 Lifts Every Athlete Should Master

Just like there are 5 tools that every carpenter should have (hammer, screwdriver, saw, pliers, and a tape measure), there are 5 key exercises you should have in your training tool box or workout plan. You can’t accomplish every project with these tools, but they will get the job done most of the time! Each of these

2019-12-31T13:40:57-06:00By |

Top 5 Keys to Transferring the Weight Room to the Playing Field

As strength coaches, we are always looking for the best ways to help our athletes get faster and stronger. We are constantly reading the latest articles and blogs, attending the newest certification courses and hunting for the best new tools to push our athletes to the next levels of performance greatness. However, that will mean

2019-05-20T10:31:25-05:00By |

Training for Power: A Closer Look at the Process.

Training for power is usually one of the main goals for any strength & conditioning program. But what does that really mean? In its simplest terms, power = force x velocity (or in other terms, strength x speed). Applied to strength and conditioning, power is the amount of force you can transfer to an object,

2018-08-23T16:26:40-05:00By |

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

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

2018-12-10T17:07:19-06:00By |

Nutrition Talk – Proper Nutrition for Athletic Performance [Video]

Having sound principles of nutrition can have a large impact on the performance and recovery for your athletes. Typically, we want our athletes to be stronger, faster, and more explosive. A part of this is being properly fueled for athletic performance and having a leaner (more muscle, less fat) physique. Educating our athletes about what

2019-05-20T09:22:40-05:00By |

3 Factors for Weight Room Time Management

Whether working with youth, college, and/or elite athletes, the subject of weight room time management for the strength coach or performance enhancement specialist can always be a sensitive topic. In a world where we are in a constant time crunch, the average athlete is no different. With a laundry list of items pulling at the

2018-12-21T11:08:49-06:00By |

Optimizing Team Workouts for Effectiveness and Efficiency [Video]

When it comes to optimization of your team workouts, organization is key. In this blog, I will cover a few areas in effective and efficient workouts to accommodate large numbers of athletes in your weight room. Facility Setup and Layout The first component is to look at the setup of your facility. This is to

2019-05-20T14:04:51-05:00By |

Agility Training Components and Drills

As fans of sports and coaches of athletes, we tune in daily to see amazing feats of athleticism. However, agility is a major contributor to these “feats”. There are three important agility training components: acceleration, deceleration, and balance. The athlete’s ability to accelerate and decelerate both linearly and laterally is necessary to compete and excel

2019-05-23T11:36:21-05:00By |

6 Steps for Weight Room Management: Get in, Get Strong, and Get out

Designing group workouts in a facility that caters to personal training, members, and group training takes some careful pre-planning and thought.  The program needs to be structured to maximize work time and minimize rest time.  This also needs to be done in a way to keep equipment available for members and personal training clients, but

2019-05-23T12:01:44-05:00By |

Agility vs. Change of Direction [Video]

One of the hot topics in the world of strength & conditioning and sports performance is how to actually train for improving agility. The debate comes down to the definition of agility and how it differs from change of direction, and ultimately what you are actually training. There is one significant difference between the two

2018-07-24T15:09:05-05:00By |