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Should Your Gym Have Membership Contracts?

By Stuart Brauer | Mon, Nov 20

This conversation (often an argument) is a classic among gym owners in the fitness industry. While there is no shortage of business topics to have passionate discussion about, the concept of requiring your customers to sign contracts vs. allowing them to have a month-to-month membership (M2M) is by far one of the most heavily debated items.

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5 Reasons Every High School Should Hire a Full-Time Strength Coach

By Micah Kurtz | Thu, Nov 16

EDITORS NOTE: This article was co-authored by Micah and Luke Kurtz.

There is no better place to arm young people with the tools to be successful in life than through a training program in the weight room. And there is no better person to faciliate this growth and learning process than a full time, qualified strength and conditioning professional.

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Is Early Sport Specialization As Bad As You Think?

By Mike Robertson | Mon, Nov 13

One of the most heated talking points in our industry today is that of early sport specialization, or ESS. It seems like nowadays everyone and their mother wants to jump on the bandwagon and talk about how ESS is ruining our kids.

And you know what – they’re not totally wrong.

But here’s the thing – I don’t think they’re totally right either.

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Use This Linear Speed Teaching Progression For Game Breaking Acceleration

By Dave Reynolds | Mon, Nov 6

You know that speed kills. And as strength and conditioning professionals, we're always racking our brains trying to get our athletes faster. Here's a four step teaching progression that works wonders for new athletes.

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The Basics Will Never Fail You: Dan John Talks The Future of Fitness

By Dan John | Mon, Oct 30

I get asked a fair amount of questions at parties. If you train people, party go-ers want you to sum up 52 years of experience in one sentence…then, they argue with you using something they read on the internet.

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Power Through Plateaus With These 3 Isometric Training Protocols

By Joel Smith | Mon, Oct 23

Are we right to think that full-range “up-and-down” lifts against resistance are the only way to train for athletic speed, power, and even muscle endurance?

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6 Snatch Variations to Improve Technique, Strength, and Stability

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Oct 16

When looking at faulty overhead stability and strength in the snatch and/or overhead squat, we typically see a wide array of issues. Sometimes it may be due to mobility (the immediate reference of everyone). But it can often be from lack of barbell awareness and placement, overhead strength, timing, and/or lack of general preparation and experience.

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4 Career Tips For The Aspiring Strength Coach

By Mike Robertson | Mon, Oct 9

Being an intermediate level coach is both a blessing and a curse. 

On one hand, you’ve probably outlasted most of your peers, and you’re still putting in quality work. 

But on the other hand, if you’re serious about the coaching game, you’ve probably realized you’re nowhere near where you want to be!

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Boost Your Team Chemistry With These Weight Room Challenges

By Ryan Leibreich | Thu, Oct 5

What if there was a way to build unstoppable team chemistry while also getting your team in better shape? Challenge workouts can be effective at building team chemistry AND developing the correct energy system if you do it right. 

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Game Day Slump: What To Do When Performance Tanks

By Fergus Connolly | Mon, Oct 2

One tendency in athletics today is to assume every mistake is the short coming of physical qualities. 

When coaches review film and look at a game situation where a player failed to execute, they often attempt to find a perceived shortcoming that can be “fixed” with more strength, speed, or power work. 

As the saying goes, "if the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail."

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