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Box Squats for Developing Technique and Power

Aside from performing the box squat to reinforce good squatting technique, the exercise itself has restorative qualities. It allows an athlete to squat twice a week without causing over-training or overuse injuries because the exercise is performed with a sub-maximal load (50-75% of 1 repetition maximum). Another advantage the box squat provides is the athlete

2019-05-23T12:10:03-06:00By |

Building a Strong Squat Foundation for Athletes

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

2018-03-20T16:09:25-06:00By |

Corrective Techniques to Build the Perfect Squat

The Back Squat and Its Relation to Sport Last year I wrote an article that stressed the importance of the back squat and how it related to sport.  For instance, virtually all sports, with the exception of water sports, cycling, and polo, are “ground-based,” meaning the athlete’s legs are in contact with the ground throughout

2019-05-24T09:34:56-06:00By |

Squatting 101 – Progressions, Benefits, and Myths [Video]

The squat has often been referred to as the “King” of movements in the weight room. To master the King you must, like most things, learn to crawl before you can walk, and then run. In the video below we go through several of the squat progressions that we feel are highly beneficial when you

2018-06-25T11:55:32-06:00By |

Clean Progressions for Large Groups

The Importance of Clean Progressions for Power Development For many schools, one of the staples of their strength program is the clean and it's variations. The clean emphasizes power development, by allowing athletes to produce a large amount of force in a very short period of time. Although it's universally accepted that the clean is

2018-06-25T11:59:55-06:00By |

Cone Drills for Improving Agility and Running Form [Video]

Top Cone Drills for Field Athletes  At Higher Power Training we place a high emphasis on running fundamentals early in our athletes' time with us. As a result, we love to utilize cone drills to teach them fundamental running based movement skills that take place in ground based athletics.  These include: Running forwards Running backwards

2018-06-25T12:01:23-06:00By |

Olympic Bars: Anatomy and How to Compare

Dissecting Olympic Bars Understanding the differences between Olympic bars can be difficult considering the availability of bars on the market today. Even if it’s easy to understand what the bar is used for, it’s difficult to determine what the different specifications are saying about the bar’s quality and performance.  For the purposes of this article

2019-05-24T10:33:26-06:00By |

Weight Room Essentials: 5 Weightlifting Bars to Rule them All

I don’t believe any coach or trainer would argue that weightlifting bars are the foundation of a quality strength program, and should receive priority when outfitting a strength training facility.  Yet with dozens of bar manufacturers, types, and finishes available at the click of a mouse, navigating the sea of options can be an overwhelming

2019-07-08T15:47:01-06:00By |

Weightlifting Bar Anatomy

With the sheer number of weightlifting bar manufacturers on the market today, dissecting the uses of the different types of bars available can be difficult. Even if it’s easy to understand they’re used for, it’s sometimes hard to determine what the different specifications are saying about the product’s quality and performance.  Let’s break down the

2019-05-24T10:40:31-06:00By |