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About The Author

Michael Barnes brings over 20 years of experience to the strength and conditioning/ fitness industry. His previous experience includes working in Division I athletics at the most successful collegiate programs, several years in the National Football League with the San Francisco Forty Niners, and the Director of Education with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Michael is an author, speaker, subject matter expert, industry consultant and practitioner.

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Weightlifting Program Design: How To Write Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Programs

By Michael Barnes | Fri, Jul 21

In my last article I described how to program Olympic lifts for field athletes. I want to expand on this topic and give examples of training programs that address beginner, intermediate, and advanced level athletes incorporating the Olympics lifts.   

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How To Program Olympic Lifts For Field Athletes

By Michael Barnes | Wed, Jun 7

The snatch and the clean and jerk are the two lifts used in Olympic lifting competition. They are a test of skill, power, strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

These movements, when incorporated appropriately, can have a high degree of impact on an athlete’s strength and power capabilities. They are preferred exercises to include in many programs for the field athlete.  

In this article, I want to review the fundamental variables and related issues when it comes to programming the Olympic lifts for the field athlete.  

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12 Reasons Why Your Weight Room Training Isn't Transferring To The Field

By Michael Barnes | Mon, May 15

One of the fundamental tenants of training is the concept: “transfer of training.” That means to what degree (if any) is training transferring to improvements in competition. Though there are a multitude of reasons why training may or may not be transferring to the field, below I have outlined 12 common reasons.

Before we get started on those specific reasons, sport science researchers Siff and Verkhoshansky describe in detail the "principle of dynamic correspondence" in their book Supertraining. This principle is central to the issue of transferring strength training to continued improvement in sporting performance.

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How To Plan Speed Training Around Your Competitive Season

By Michael Barnes | Fri, Apr 7

Without question - speed, agility, and change of direction capabilities are three characteristics all ground-based athletes need in order to compete at higher levels.

The examples are endless: athletes who are faster and more agile are higher performers than those with lesser capabilities. The athletes who are proficient more quickly score the points, make spectacular plays, tackle the breakaway ball carrier, and are often the team leaders.  

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22 Reasons Every Strength Coach Should Make Testing Part of Their Program

By Michael Barnes | Tue, Jan 10

Monitoring is a term that is used as a tenant of management. The definition of monitoring is “Supervising activities in progress to ensure they are on-course and on-schedule in meeting the objectives and performance targets.” 

In the strength and conditioning setting monitoring is done by testing.  Once you have testing data you can measure the effectiveness of the program.  If you are managing a strength and conditioning program you should be monitoring the program to ultimately better serve the athletes. 

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How To Maintain Strength and Power During The Competitive Season [Sample Program]

By Michael Barnes | Fri, Oct 28

Sports that rely on change of direction, jumping, starting ability and sprinting are dependent on strength and power capabilities.  All things held consistent like bodyweight, skill and height, athletes who possess the greater amount of strength and power have a competitive advantage and are more than likely going to be successful.  

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