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About The Author

Rob Van Valkenburgh joins the TrainHeroic blog with 10 years experience in the strength game. Having coached elite athletes in both the private sector and the Division 1 collegiate setting, Rob believes that strength has to be the foundation of all athletic movement and that athletes of all levels deserve a comprehensive strength program. Rob writes regularly on his own website FootballStrengthCoach.com where here shares short form articles, training tips & programs, and other items related to strength and performance for football.


Recent Posts

In-Season Strength Training: Is 'Light and Fast' Is A Huge Mistake?

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Sep 25

For the last 9 months you have trained hard and heavy getting ready for the season. You don’t want to piss away that progress, do you?

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The Ultimate Guide to Using Movement Progressions

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Aug 7

We’ve all been there…

You spend hours putting together a flawless program. You’ve meticulously taken into account everything from the athlete's FMS score to their personal performance goals.  

Then, the team walks in…

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How to Plan Volume and Intensity for Varied Training Adaptations

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Jun 26

The governing rule for all strength and conditioning or general performance training programs is the S.A.I.D. principle. 

The S.A.I.D. principle stands for Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands.  

Essentially, what this tells us is that the body will adapt and respond based on the specific physical demands we place upon it. Simply put, tell the body what outcome you want, and it will make the physical adaptations.

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3 Scientifically-Proven Methods to Build Raw Strength

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Wed, Apr 12

Fact: “The strong are generally more useful and harder to kill.” – Mark Rippetoe

You see, strength is sexy. Raw, eye-popping strength is something everybody wants, but very few can achieve. Those who are able to achieve it unlock a whole new world both inside and outside of the gym.

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6 Ways to Train The Multisport Athlete for In-Season Domination

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Fri, Mar 3

Winter sports are starting to wrap up, and a large majority of your student athletes are ramping up to begin their spring sport seasons.  

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Why You Should Wait Until February to Test 1-Rep Maxes

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Tue, Feb 14

It’s December 28th. Most teams have already completed their max strength testing. The ones that have not tested yet are most likely scheduled to test during the first week of January.  

This is the way things are done, and they have always been done that way.

Wait, how does that quote go?

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is – ‘We’ve always done it this way.'”

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6 Injury Prevention Exercises for High School Strength Coaches

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Feb 6

High school athletes are injured at an alarming rate, and if you dig into the statistics you realize the majority of these injuries are in three common areas:

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Off-Season Training for High School Football: Developing Explosive Speed and Power

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Jan 30

This three part series addresses the specific goals of each phase and how an effective high school level coach should program in order to provide their athletes with a comprehensive and effective off-season regimen.

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Transition Strength Into Power and Perform More Speed Training in the Off-Season

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Thu, Jan 5

This is the third installment in a three-part series covering High School Football Off-Season training. 

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4 Early Off-Season Football Training Goals Your Team Should Focus On

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Thu, Dec 15

Editors Note: This is the first installment in a multi-part series on off-season strength training for football at the high school level. In the next few posts we'll explore how you should organize your training from Late November through Early August.

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