28 Sep 2017

Deceleration Drills for Agility and Change of Direction

2018-06-25T12:00:22+00:00 By |

When training to improve agility and change of direction, most people think about different on-field or on-court running and cutting drills, often utilizing different lines or cones for things like the 5-10-5 drill or the pro agility.  Cones set up in a square or different shape are often used with athletes performing specific running patterns [...]

19 Sep 2017

Agility Training with Clemson Basketball

2018-06-25T12:03:30+00:00 By |

Many sports require athletes to quickly transition from one movement to another, often in response to a stimulus, such as a ball and/or opponent. Therefore, agility has two primary components: physical and cognitive (Gambetta, 2007). Gamble (2010) suggests that many of the most common tests used to measure agility, like the NFL's "L-Drill" or the NBA's [...]

14 Sep 2017

Cone Drills for Improving Agility and Running Form [Video]

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

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 [...]

11 Sep 2017

Agility and Change of Direction

2018-03-15T13:43:14+00:00 By |

Agility and Change of Direction Agility helps performance in activities that require you to change direction quickly whilst keeping balance, strength, speed, and body control. When running, be mindful of the angle of your shoulders. Each arm should perfectly make a 90 degree angle, as form is a critical component. When you run, focus on [...]

29 Aug 2017

Football Conditioning Drills: Pattern Running Intervals by Position

2018-06-25T12:06:45+00:00 By |

Football Conditioning Drills Should Be Position Specific When thinking about conditioning football players, there needs to be an understanding of the specific demands of the sport.  The football conditioning drills used in your program should not only cater to the unique demands of the sport, but also the demands of each position.  A defensive lineman [...]

22 Aug 2017

High School Weight Training: A Unified Approach

2018-06-25T12:05:05+00:00 By |

High School Weight Training: Early Failures and Lessons Learned When I got my first strength & conditioning job at the high school level, I had been working for several years as a personal trainer.  Prior to that, I got my first real experience in the field of strength & conditioning as an intern at the [...]

17 Aug 2017

Football Weight Training Program for the Preseason

2018-06-25T12:06:12+00:00 By |

The Trifecta Program- the best football weight training program for preseason athletes I have been fortunate enough to train some of the NFL’s most elite players.  Some of the training we have done has been in preparation for training camp.  Most of our players tend to be lineman or players that weigh 250+.  Unfortunately, most [...]

10 Aug 2017

Manual Resistance Training For Large Groups

2018-06-25T12:04:30+00:00 By |

Manual Resistance Training Benefits As a strength coach for a sport team, there are a few things we're always short on: time, space, and equipment.  Over time I've found that one method of training has made it incredibly easy for us to add variety and intensity to our programs while combating these constraints: manual resistance [...]

2 Aug 2017

Olympic Bars: Anatomy and How to Compare

2018-06-25T12:03:59+00:00 By |

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 [...]