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Improving Performance, Restoring Symmetry, and Reducing Injury Risk with Unilateral Exercises

By Nic Gill | Tue, May 22

Almost every sport requires athletes to move unilaterally – emphasizing one leg, arm, or side of the body more than the other. Most running, jumping (takeoff and landing), and throwing is unilateral. It’s rare for any athlete to generate motion bilaterally using both arms, legs, and sides of their body equally. And when they do, it’s not for very long and usually precedes a transition back to unilateral movement.

And yet in the gym, there can be a temptation to focus most - if not all - of the training we program for our athletes on bilateral exercises.

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A Call for Change: Addressing 9 Common Myths in Strength and Conditioning for Sports Coaches & Parents

By Ryan Leibreich | Mon, May 14

To start things off on the right foot, some common ground coaches and parents can all share is that we want the same thing: for each athlete to become the best they can be. Period.

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Busting 6 Common Strength Training Myths

By Dr. Andy Galpin | Mon, May 7

In the coaching world, there are a lot of assumptions that have hardened into unassailable facts. These can involve the type of exercises athletes should be doing, rep and set ranges, and how to help people get bigger, stronger, or faster.

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5 Reasons Why All Athletes Can Benefit from Bodybuilding

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Apr 30

Bodybuilding training principles can be a valuable asset to a strength and conditioning coach. Often, bodybuilding programming can receive a bad rap. It is generally thought to involve more isolated (non-compound) exercise and lack sport-specificity.

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How to Develop Your Own Leg Training Approach

By Carl Valle | Mon, Apr 23

The evolution of strength training over the years can be seen by what the average coach does, but are we heading in the right direction? With so many variables and so many leading authorities using different approaches, how do we make the right choices for our athletes - especially when it comes to leg training?

Science is important, but many coaches have made surprising decisions to use the research differently based on their experience. In this article, both the science and logical, empirical experience are outlined in a straightforward way. It doesn’t matter if you are a new coach at small college or an elite coach at a national training center, a lot of brilliant minds are sharing great points on training.

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Cultivating Context in Your Coaching

By Kenny Kane | Mon, Apr 16

As a coach, it’s easy to be comfortable with sets, reps, work-to-rest ratios, and 1RM percentages. These are all nice, tidy numbers that are easy to keep track of. They’re a necessary requirement for designing, executing, and monitoring programs.

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A Strength Coach’s Guide to Programming Plyometrics

By Carl Valle | Mon, Apr 9

Like any training modality, the two paths of training and teaching are necessary to fully exploit the benefits of plyometrics. With so many different exercises and development levels to work with, sometimes plyometric training is dumbed down to make this easier to administer, which is boring the advanced athletes. On the other hand, workouts that are too advanced can injure athletes and discourage them from doing plyometrics in the long run. 

I have revised what I do from learning from other coaches, but sometimes you have to look at your program and simply judge what can be done better.

Here are six lessons I have learned the hard way, and some I have learned from just knowing which coaches provide the best advice.

But First...Before You Start Adding Plyometrics...

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Give Your Workouts a Turbo Boost with Tim DiFrancesco’s NBA-Proven Movement Preparation

By Tim DiFrancesco | Mon, Apr 2

As a coach, you probably spend an awful lot of time and effort tinkering with the details of each workout. Whether it’s tweaking sets and reps, figuring out optimal lift percentages, or messing with rest periods, there are an almost infinite number of ways to alter, and hopefully improve, the quality and impact of each session.

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How to Develop a Simple Olympic Weightlifting Program for Beginners

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Mar 29

One of the great things about being a coach is the ability to impact the lives of your athletes and clients. After the initial meet and greet with a new athlete, you are often bombarded with questions like:

  • How does your system work?
  • Is it OK for beginners?
  • What are some things a beginner needs to do to get started?
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What It Takes to be a Great Strength and Conditioning Coach: Perspectives from Veteran Coaches

By Ryan Leibreich | Thu, Mar 22

Be so good they can’t ignore you! Education is just the beginning!

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