18 May 2018

Optimizing Team Workouts for Effectiveness and Efficiency [Video]

2018-06-19T12:44:21+00:00 By |

When it comes to optimization of your team workouts, organization is key. In this blog, I will cover a few areas you can address 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 [...]

15 May 2018

Agility Training Components and Drills

2018-05-15T11:58:24+00:00 By |

As fans of sports and coaches of athletes on many levels, we tune in daily to see amazing feats of athleticism. 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 [...]

4 May 2018

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

2018-06-05T08:54:20+00:00 By |

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 [...]

25 Apr 2018

Agility vs. Change of Direction [Video]

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

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 [...]

18 Apr 2018

Programming Agility Drills for Your Teams

2018-04-19T11:37:03+00:00 By |

Recently I had the opportunity to work with a freshman team sports physical education class.  I don’t remember what our first unit was, but I remember what I did on day one.  I started with agility drills.  I figured if we were going to be teaching a group of youngsters how to play sports, we [...]

12 Apr 2018

Speed Development: The Role of Your Arms and Hands

2018-06-18T15:29:20+00:00 By |

In every sport played on two feet, there is always a need for speed.  Some individuals are born fast, with beautiful technique, but most of us can improve our speed with some good coaching.  Today we are looking at the role the arm and hands play in speed development.  These tips can be used on [...]

29 Mar 2018

Box Squats for Developing Technique and Power

2018-03-29T15:52:29+00:00 By |

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 [...]

15 Mar 2018

Building a Strong Squat Foundation for Athletes

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

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 [...]

15 Mar 2018

Corrective Techniques to Build the Perfect Squat

2018-03-15T11:04:52+00:00 By |

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 [...]