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Olympic Weightlifting Wisdom: Two Veteran Coaches Share Their Best Advice

By Phil White | Mon, Jan 22

As we're rolling into a new year, it can be tempting to jump on the latest training bandwagon and buy into the narrative that coaches need to keep their athletes engaged by constantly changing things up.

While there’s nothing wrong with some variety to keep things interesting and overcome plateaus, change for its own sake is directionless and most of the latest gimmicks are nothing more than flashes in the pan that will be out of fashion by this time in 2019, if not before.

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How To Structure Speed and Power Training for Advanced Athletes

By Joel Smith | Mon, Jan 15

“Anything works” when you are dealing with novice athletes.

You can do 5-3-1, Starting Strength, 1x20, Triphasic, Husker Power, APRE, and the list goes on. There are also plenty of vertical jump programs and 40-yard dash workouts that will deliver good results for those who haven’t done much serious training.

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On New Year’s Resolutions

By Dan John | Thu, Jan 4

Like most people in the world of health, fitness, longevity, and performance, I hate New Year's. I hate it.

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5 Ways To Reduce Injury Risk In Team Sport Training

By Nic Gill | Thu, Dec 21

When it comes to injury prediction and prevention, there is no magic bullet (despite the almost universal acceptance of heart rate variability or HRV monitoring as the oracle for athlete recovery, readiness, and preparedness).

Despite the adoption of such monitoring, players are still getting injured. Every game, every practice session, it seems like you hear of an athlete who’s down for the count and ruled out of an upcoming match...or longer.

The simple yet inconvenient truth is we’re never going to be able to accurately predict all injuries, much less prevent them.

But over the course of working with a range of athletes, I have a few simple guidelines for physical preparation that are important to help reduce injury rates. These tips don’t just apply to rugby, but to players of any sport and at any level.

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8 Ways To Individualize Your Online Training Programs

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Dec 18

Online coaching and programming has done wonders for coaches around the globe looking to maximize income streams. The draw to online programming for the masses is that it allows you to reach infinite amounts of paying customers in one shot... and does not affect the amount of time you need to spend when you're coaching 10 athletes or 100 athletes.

This means the more paying athletes you have on your online programming, the more you make per hour and the more freedom you have to do whatever you desire (travel, train, be with family, sleep, eat, etc.).

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8 Landmine Exercises For Athletic Performance

By John Garrish | Thu, Dec 14

As high school strength and conditioning coaches, it’s essential for us to make great use of our time. But in a room that may have 8 to 10 young men or women at each work station (50-60 in total) and sessions ranging anywhere from 15 to 70 minutes long, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

To enhance session density and improve session quality in my programming, we use the many tools our room has to offer to keep our students moving. These tools include the more traditional barbells, racks, platforms, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, PVC pipe, and more.

One of the less "conventional” tools we place a great emphasis on has gotten some recent well-deserved exploration: the landmine.

The ability to manipulate and master movements in all planes of movement makes the landmine perhaps the most efficient tool we have.

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3 Speed Training Methods That Don't Work (And What To Do Instead)

By Joel Smith | Mon, Dec 11

In the realm of getting fast, there are lots of proposed fixes... lots of things that “look” like they are training speed. But in the end, not as many things truly work as well as they say.

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6 Functional Movements Every Athlete Should Master

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Dec 7

In this article we will explore six functional exercises that can be used for nearly EVERY athlete to increase joint mobility, stability, and core strength... and to build serious injury resistance.

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A Scientific Approach To Building Strength In All Planes Of Motion

By Ryan Leibreich | Mon, Dec 4

We can no longer think and train linearly. Humans were built to move - and that means move in all directions. Sports are becoming more competitive by the day, and I do not want my athletes getting blown by and ending up on the sidelines.

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Crush The Chaos: Here's 10 Tips To Run A Better Large Group Training Session

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Nov 27

Running a training session in a facility full of crazed athletes, crashing weights, and time constraints is not necessarily a walk in the park.

Luckily, I have had the past 5+ years to figure out a flow to help monitor, administer, and effectively train large groups efficiently.

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