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Training On One Leg Is Better Than Two

By Wil Fleming | Mon, Jul 16

At Force Fitness we work to develop all aspects of athleticism with the hundreds of athletes we see each week. Speed, strength, power, reaction, lateral movement, balance, and even injury prevention all go into this equation to create better, more resilient athletes.

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The Case for Continual Coaching Development and Education

By Kenny Kane | Mon, Jul 9

Can you remember when you first got into coaching?

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Youth Coaching: Kids Haven't Changed; Adults Have

By Angelo James | Mon, Jul 2

People are blaming kids for the way kids are these days, but kids are kids. They only know what they have been taught. Kids are like mirrors – they reflect the world they are placed in.

Charlie Applestein, author of There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Kid, says “Life isn’t what you see, it is what you perceive.” If you perceive kids as entitled, lazy, disrespectful, and unappreciative, that is all you will ever see.

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Let’s Get (Beyond the) Physical: Simultaneously Develop Athletes’ Technical, Tactical, and Psychological Traits

By Fergus Connolly | Mon, Jun 25

Professional sports leagues across the globe look at youth talent in many different ways. Sometimes development programs appear very sophisticated and detailed, while in other cases they seem a lot simpler. At rugby and soccer clubs around the world, kids start in under-7, under-9, or under-11 junior teams and either rise through the ranks in the academy system or get snapped up at increasingly young ages by larger clubs offering the promise of a professional career.

In these sports, physical qualities are important. But in successful countries they’re always secondary to the technical and tactical adeptness youth coaches and scouts look for. They’re typically assessing young talent in the most real-world scenario in sports: the game itself.

So, to a large degree, what they’re seeing is what they’re getting, with technical, tactical, physical, and psychological elements being simultaneously expressed through skills on the pitch as players on both teams try to stick to their coaches’ game plans while dealing with the inevitable randomness and chaos of the game as it arises in a dynamic, ever-evolving system.

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Top 5 Additional Valuable Pieces of Equipment for a High School Weight Room

By Micah Kurtz | Mon, Jun 18

Long-term athletic development is one of the many goals for a high school strength coach. Every day we work to transform the young athlete into a robust machine that can squat, hinge, explode, absorb force (land), press, pull, carry, and lunge.

Many of these attributes can be instilled and enhanced by the core lifts that are performed with squat racks, barbells, dumbbells, and benches. But after a high school facility has the staple pieces of equipment in place, there are five additional pieces of equipment to add to a weight room...when the budget allows.

Supplementing your weight room with these pieces will raise the level of training and allow your athletes to maximize their physical potential.

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Improve Programming By Using A Learning Curve

By John Mackersie | Mon, Jun 11

A learning curve is defined as the advancement in apprehension of a given subject. Coaching is essentially teaching, so a better understanding of how individuals learn movements and skills is paramount. Furthermore, combining knowledge of how individuals learn and improving your technique of delivering that information creates an enhanced environment geared toward progressive learning, teaching, and - ultimately - performance.

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The Point System: Building Accountability Among Your Teams

By Patrick Nolan | Mon, Jun 4

As the strength coach for Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO, I was challenged in the spring by our head football coach to help him achieve his summer goals for the team. They were:

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Building Motivation: Give Up Control, Get Better Results

By Adam Dawdy | Tue, May 29

You can lead a horse to water, but he might kill you if you try to make him drink.

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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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