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4 Scientifically Proven Ways To Develop Explosive Power (And How To Program Each)

By Joel Smith | Mon, Apr 24

Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. The question is...how do we optimally train it? 

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Reflecting On The 2017 CrossFit Open Workouts

By Todd Nief | Wed, Apr 19

Training for the CrossFit Open is always a bit of a guessing game, and Dave Castro certainly loves to throw out some cryptic clues on his Instagram to stoke the piranhas of social media into a feeding frenzy of speculation.

While I think this speculative game is usually not worth playing, there’s a lot to learn every year from the Open. Extracting key principles is important to guide training going forward for athletes who wish to compete in CrossFit as a sport.

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3 Critical Muscle-Building Strategies From An Industry Pro

By Charles Staley | Mon, Apr 17

So who wants more muscle?

Everyone? Yup, thought so.

Sure, there are exceptions. But for the most part, muscle is the catalyst for three things that are highly valued by most people: Better appearance, better athletic functioning and better health.

Given these compelling benefits, it seems wise to know how to train in a way that will most efficiently build additional muscle mass. When you watch how most people train however, it quickly becomes clear that hypertrophy training is largely misunderstood.

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Coming Full Circle: Results Over Everything

By Zach Even-Esh | Fri, Apr 14

When I began training athletes from my parents' garage, their backyard, and the local playgrounds, describing the “methods” I implemented as “raw” would be an understatement. It was free weights, stones, bodyweight, hill sprints, jumps, tree logs…

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3 Scientifically-Proven Methods to Build Raw Strength

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Wed, Apr 12

Fact: “The strong are generally more useful and harder to kill.” – Mark Rippetoe

You see, strength is sexy. Raw, eye-popping strength is something everybody wants, but very few can achieve. Those who are able to achieve it unlock a whole new world both inside and outside of the gym.

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How To Perform A Needs Analysis Before Writing Your Next Program

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Apr 10

It’s the end of the season and time to go back to the drawing board. Regardless of wins and losses, every good strength coach knows there are adjustments to be made to the programming so off-season meets the needs of his or her team.

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How To Plan Speed Training Around Your Competitive Season

By Michael Barnes | Fri, Apr 7

Without question - speed, agility, and change of direction capabilities are three characteristics all ground-based athletes need in order to compete at higher levels.

The examples are endless: athletes who are faster and more agile are higher performers than those with lesser capabilities. The athletes who are proficient more quickly score the points, make spectacular plays, tackle the breakaway ball carrier, and are often the team leaders.  

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3 Tips For Writing Better Strength Programs

By Scott Caulfield, CSCS | Wed, Apr 5

Over the course of my 20+ years of “under the bar” coaching and training career, I have made plenty of mistakes creating training programs. The amount of information available to S&C coaches today is easier to access than ever before; however, that doesn’t mean that it’s all good information. 

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Programming Pitfalls Roundtable: 4 Strength Coaches Share Their Opinion

By Colby Knepp, CSCS, CFL2 | Mon, Apr 3

We connected with leading strength coaches from the collegiate, high school, and private sectors to learn some of the common program design mistakes they've made or are seeing on a regular basis. Take some time to learn (and avoid!) these common programming pitfalls.

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Are Your Athletes Ready for a College Strength and Conditioning Program?

By Tobias Jacobi | Wed, Mar 29

I have the unique perspective of coaching at a collegiate level (15 years) and high school level (3 years). With this experience, I have worked with many young men who played or want to play at the collegiate level. One of the things that excited me about making the transition to the high school level was the ability to positively affect young men before they got to college.

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