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About The Author

Chris Holder comes to the TrainHeroic Blog with over thirty years as an athlete and coach. Chris is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. A football player first and then spending his entire professional coaching career at the college level, Holder has been in love with everything weight lifting since he was a little boy.

Recent Posts

Train Fast, Be Fast: Tips For Building Faster Athletes

By Dr. Chris Holder | Fri, Jun 16

If you are spending all your time training straight line speed, you aren’t trying to get fast...

...unless of course, you are a track athlete. Then, by all means, continue.

But, if you are in every other sport where running speed is a major component of your competition, you need to reconsider your approach.

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How To Perform A Needs Analysis Before Writing Your Next Program

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Apr 10

It’s the end of the season and time to go back to the drawing board. Regardless of wins and losses, every good strength coach knows there are adjustments to be made to the programming so off-season meets the needs of his or her team.

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Dealing with Today’s Athletes: A Coach’s Perspective

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Feb 20

When TrainHeroic tasked me with writing about today's athletes, I thought to myself, “Oh, this one will be easy… I’ll just slam Millennials and write a diatribe on how kids these days suck.”

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Keep The Passion, No Matter What: Your Success Depends On It

By Dr. Chris Holder | Wed, Jan 4

This is the second installment of this series and believe it or not, I had a tough time syphoning this idea down into a solid point. I had to sit down with my wife, who is also a coach, and brainstorm the fluff away until I came to a cohesive, pointed thought: Passion.

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Here Are The 4 Key Relationships That Every Strength Coach Should Invest In (And How To Navigate Them)

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Dec 19

Editors note: This is the first post in a multi-part series on "things you didn't learn in school" in which we'll explore the most impactful in-the-trenches lessons that a 20+ year S&C veteran has learned. Today's topic: relationships.

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Off-Season Goal Setting For Strength Coaches: How To Start The Off-Season Strong

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Dec 5

It’s that time of year again. Our current seasons are coming to an end and we all have been reflecting on what we can do better for the next year. I spend the entire calendar year planning ahead, getting my ducks in a row to make sure that we are leaving nothing in question from an organizational perspective. We are in the business of building athletes. We are in the business of giving our coaching staff an upper hand so they can game plan for success.

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So You Wanna Be a Strength Coach? Read This First

By Dr. Chris Holder | Fri, Oct 14

You want to be a strength coach and you are looking to get your foot in the door. The glamorous life of working with athletes has got you completely seduced and you are chomping at the bit to get a shot at becoming a coach.

Well let me tell you something: it’s not all that it is cracked up to be and the long hours, being on your feet all day and working for next to no pay (if at all) is one of the harsh realities of this business. But if you insist, let me show you the way.

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If You're Not Early, You're Late: An Open Letter To The Chronically Late Athlete

By Dr. Chris Holder | Wed, Aug 24

I have spent my entire life involved in athletics.

Between my own playing days and now in my coaching life, I have spent over 30 years being directly involved in some capacity with a team.

What I am about to tell you is not the opinion of some rigid coach; it’s a cold hard fact of life that you must grasp.

Being late is unacceptable. Period.

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Mobility For Athletes: More Important Than Ever

By Dr. Chris Holder | Fri, Mar 11

One of the hottest movements in the fitness/strength world right now is the mobility craze.

I won’t call it a fad for one “pink elephant” reason: we as a species are currently devolving. We all move like crap and with the advances in technology and our incessant need to sit, the human form is beginning to change. Unlike the old days where our grandfathers and great grandfathers’ bodies began to lose function because of a lifetime of physical labor, many of our kids and young adults are beginning to show similar signs of breakdown - but for the opposite reason.

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How To Build A Culture of Athlete Accountability

By Dr. Chris Holder | Thu, Jan 21

A championship team has hundreds of moving parts that must come together for your team to make a run for the whole thing, and creating a culture of athlete accountability is a big part of that.

Perhaps the largest deciding factor in a healthy thriving team is the individual athlete’s accountability to one another.

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