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Getting Started with Bands and Chains for Performance

By Carl Valle | Mon, Mar 19

I had never been a huge fan of accommodating resistance, but after a month of testing athletes who performed a full cycle of chain and band work, I am a believer. To me, accommodating resistance was useful for advanced athletes, but now that I have seen it used at the high school and college levels over the last two years, I recommend it for developmental athletes as well.

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68 Assistance Exercises for Olympic Weightlifting

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Mar 5

In this article I want to offer coaches and athletes a comprehensive approach to addressing some of the most common issues seen with developing weightlifters, CrossFit members/athletes, and general fitness and sports enthusiasts.

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How to Weaponize Your Coaching with Athlete Readiness Surveys

By Carl Valle | Mon, Feb 26

Today, the average strength coach has more responsibilities than they did in the past. They are expected to monitor an entire program, not just the weights and conditioning. Communication with athletes is a key part of success, as we all know, but doing it in an effective manner is a challenge.

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Primary Pattern Programming: A Simple System For Better Results

By Charles Staley | Mon, Jan 29

As strength and conditioning coaches, we all need programming strategies that deliver both safety and predictable results in the most efficient manner possible.

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How To Structure Speed and Power Training for Advanced Athletes

By Joel Smith | Mon, Jan 15

“Anything works” when you are dealing with novice athletes.

You can do 5-3-1, Starting Strength, 1x20, Triphasic, Husker Power, APRE, and the list goes on. There are also plenty of vertical jump programs and 40-yard dash workouts that will deliver good results for those who haven’t done much serious training.

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5 Ways To Reduce Injury Risk In Team Sport Training

By Nic Gill | Thu, Dec 21

When it comes to injury prediction and prevention, there is no magic bullet (despite the almost universal acceptance of heart rate variability or HRV monitoring as the oracle for athlete recovery, readiness, and preparedness).

Despite the adoption of such monitoring, players are still getting injured. Every game, every practice session, it seems like you hear of an athlete who’s down for the count and ruled out of an upcoming match...or longer.

The simple yet inconvenient truth is we’re never going to be able to accurately predict all injuries, much less prevent them.

But over the course of working with a range of athletes, I have a few simple guidelines for physical preparation that are important to help reduce injury rates. These tips don’t just apply to rugby, but to players of any sport and at any level.

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8 Landmine Exercises For Athletic Performance

By John Garrish | Thu, Dec 14

As high school strength and conditioning coaches, it’s essential for us to make great use of our time. But in a room that may have 8 to 10 young men or women at each work station (50-60 in total) and sessions ranging anywhere from 15 to 70 minutes long, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

To enhance session density and improve session quality in my programming, we use the many tools our room has to offer to keep our students moving. These tools include the more traditional barbells, racks, platforms, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, PVC pipe, and more.

One of the less "conventional” tools we place a great emphasis on has gotten some recent well-deserved exploration: the landmine.

The ability to manipulate and master movements in all planes of movement makes the landmine perhaps the most efficient tool we have.

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3 Speed Training Methods That Don't Work (And What To Do Instead)

By Joel Smith | Mon, Dec 11

In the realm of getting fast, there are lots of proposed fixes... lots of things that “look” like they are training speed. But in the end, not as many things truly work as well as they say.

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6 Functional Movements Every Athlete Should Master

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Dec 7

In this article we will explore six functional exercises that can be used for nearly EVERY athlete to increase joint mobility, stability, and core strength... and to build serious injury resistance.

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5 Reasons Every High School Should Hire a Full-Time Strength Coach

By Micah Kurtz | Thu, Nov 16

EDITORS NOTE: This article was co-authored by Micah and Luke Kurtz.

There is no better place to arm young people with the tools to be successful in life than through a training program in the weight room. And there is no better person to faciliate this growth and learning process than a full time, qualified strength and conditioning professional.

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