Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. The question is...how do we optimally train it?Read More >
“Discipline = Freedom” - Jocko Willink
Physical preparation may be one of the most saturated and competitive fields in existence. How do you get the edge? In a word: discipline.
Discipline for a performance professional is of the essence. I’ve found discipline manifests itself in the realm of getting things done in two ways:
- Productivity Principles
“To win takes talent… to repeat takes Character” - John Wooden
Take a look at any team dynasty through the years in sports, and behind it all, you’ll see a coach that created a culture of success. Any team can win it all one season, but to repeat success time and time again takes something more.Read More >
We all know things like deadlifts and Olympic lifts are great general posterior chain builders, so I’m going to leave those movements for now in favor of some more over-arching philosophy.Read More >
In the midst of any training program, the idea of measuring and monitoring one’s limits is a vital part of the equation.
How much do you think you might improve in a strength training program if you never knew how much weight was on the bar? The nervous system must test itself to be able to create improved patterning.
It is important to measure and improve one’s abilities in any training program, but the pressing question is, how and when should the maximal abilities of an athlete be measured, especially in terms of absolute strength.Read More >
If there is any one skill that defines an athlete’s ability in team sport, it is the ability to accelerate.
Like most things in Strength and Conditioning, acceleration is extremely trainable. It's entirely possible for an athlete to hack tenths of a second off of their 40 like butter with a good training program, and this shows up big-time on the field.Read More >
What is good lifting technique really? We emphasize how important “proper form” is in our lifting programs, but are we missing what is truly important regarding strength technique?Read More >
The NFL Combine was just here, and nowhere else in the world will you see so many 40” vertical jumps in one place. A leap of this magnitude is an awe inspiring display of power that certainly takes some good genetics to achieve, but is it just genetics? Of course not.
Inside of each of us lies an untapped giant, capable of superhuman strength and performance. Consider the following: pound for pound apes have double the strength of a human being.
They can also jump about 30-40% higher than top human jumpers, in addition to their superhuman leg power.
How is this possible given their similar amount of muscle mass?
Aside from longer, denser fibers, our simian friends also have an interesting piece of their brain and spinal cord that allows them stronger muscle contractions: less grey matter.Read More >
The Olympic lifts are a holy grail of many sports performance training centers.
Coaches really get fired up about all the “triple extension” going on in the pull, and the “force absorption” that’s happening during the catch.You gotta do those cleans to build posterior chain power after all, right?Read More >