29 Mar 2018

Box Squats for Developing Technique and Power

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

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+00:00By |

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+00:00By |

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 [...]

14 Mar 2018

The Squat Every Workout Philosophy

2018-03-15T10:14:34+00:00By |

When it comes to squat philosophy, mine is fairly simple - a squat movement is included in every single workout.  If we are doing a 3-day lifting program, we are squatting 3 days.  If we are on a 4-day program, we are squatting 4 days.  The squat, in my opinion, is the most functional lift [...]

6 Mar 2018

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

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

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 [...]

21 Dec 2017

8 Types of Yoga For Athletes

2018-06-25T11:54:53+00:00By |

The Benefits of Yoga for Athletes The health benefits from regular yoga practice cover a broad spectrum, ranging from flexibility to strength.  For athletes, yoga can benefit them tremendously in terms recovery and from a restorative point of view.  There are many different types or styles of yoga practice. For those just starting out, it [...]

12 Dec 2017

Enhancing Recovery After Workouts with Body Tempering and Buffering

2018-06-25T11:56:46+00:00By |

Improving Muscular Recovery with Body Tempering and Buffering There has been a significant increase in the use of different implements and massage to speed the recovery of athletes post workout.  Two methods that are gaining popularity which we use on our athletes are buffering massage and body tempering. These methods have become an integral part [...]

10 Dec 2017

Preventing and Testing Knee Pain: The Modified Thomas Test

2018-06-25T11:56:10+00:00By |

There’s a saying in the sports performance industry “If you’re not assessing, your guessing”.  At Higher Power Training (HPT), when we first start with an athlete, we spend 75 to 90 minutes performing our “Comprehensive Athletic Performance Assessment (CAPA)”.  Within the CAPA we perform muscle balance screens to identify any underlying imbalances that are either [...]

30 Nov 2017

Transitioning Fall Athletes to the Off-Season or Winter Sports

2018-06-25T11:59:01+00:00By |

Endurance as Part of Your Transition Programming Endurance training in the high school setting is most often times left up to the sport-specific coach. However there are certain times of the year that strength coaches can benefit multiple athletes and coaches across a variety of sports. The time in which fall athletes transition into winter [...]

28 Nov 2017

Tabata Workouts for High School Athletes

2018-06-25T11:57:46+00:00By |

What is Tabata Training? If you are looking for a fast and efficient way to train for endurance, look no further than Tabata training.  Tabata workouts are an ideal way to get a very intense training session is a short amount of time. Dr. Izumi Tabata is credited with developing the tabata protocol while researching [...]