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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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Recent Posts



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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