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.Read More >
Microsoft Excel: built for all, perfect for none. Excel has been the go to spreadsheet tool for accountants and financiers since it was first released back in the mid-1980s. Originally developed to help with number crunching and complex math formulas, a couple smart strength coaches figured out they could also use it to plan workouts fairly easily.
Excel has survived this long as the “go to” planning tool for strength coaches for one reason: it’s the way it's always been done.Read More >
Imagine the hardest job interview you've ever faced. Do you remember the levels of stress and anxiety that came along with it?
Sending out your resume, preparing for the interview, putting on the best version of yourself, and fielding a variety of tough questions from the interviewers. At times it can feel as if they are digging into your character with the precision of a paleontologist unearthing a woolly mammoth.Read More >
As the strength and conditioning industry continues to evolve, many strength coaches are finding it hard to keep up with the latest trends -- even if you are making regular time for continuing education, there is a ridiculous amount of information (both good and bad) available to you. But there in lies the problem: with so much content out there, how do you know where to invest your precious time?Read More >
Think back to all of the off-season training programs you've been in charge of. In all your years of coaching, can you recall that one athlete who was on the verge of a break-out year? He was fully bought in, training hard, and seeing ridiculous gains.
You'd catch yourself day dreaming of seeing this kid in action. Through all the early morning workouts and afternoon runs, you'd remind yourself that in just a few short months, your investment of time and energy was about to pay big dividends for the team.
But early in his off-season training you made a big mistake. One that haunts you to this very day.Read More >
If you care about improving athlete engagement, becoming more organized, saving time and improving your coaching practice, then you should consider using some sort of athlete and team performance profile in your strength program. Here's what you need to know to get started.Read More >
There's so much more to being a strength and conditioning coach than improving the traditional factors like strength, power, speed, and conditioning. Have you taken into consideration the non-traditional factors like developing character, work ethic, and grit?Read More >
There's about a thousand and one ways you can plan your speed and agility training: ladders, cones, grids, build up sprints, plyometrics, etc. But how can you be sure that all the time you're investing in off-season speed and agility training is actually paying off?Read More >
"It's What We've Always Done"
LA Tech Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Kurt Hester has spent the past twenty years getting his athletes ready for the highest levels of competition.
In fact, he has trained many professional athletes from from National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and the NFL Combine classes.Read More >