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Game Day Slump: What To Do When Performance Tanks

By Fergus Connolly | Mon, Oct 2

One tendency in athletics today is to assume every mistake is the short coming of physical qualities. 

When coaches review film and look at a game situation where a player failed to execute, they often attempt to find a perceived shortcoming that can be “fixed” with more strength, speed, or power work. 

As the saying goes, "if the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail."

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Does In-Season Conditioning Help or Hurt Game Day Performance?

By Tobias Jacobi | Thu, Sep 28

In-season training can be a mine field for the strength & conditioning professional. Accumulate too much fatigue and performance decreases... but if your team isn't fit, you'll be left in the dust when it matters. So the question remains: How much is enough? And how much is too much?

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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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Strength Coaches Build Athletes, Not Bodybuilders (Plus More Wisdom From A Strength Legend)

By Dan John | Mon, Sep 11

It has been a long, strange journey since I first tried to clean and press the Sears' Ted Williams Barbell in 1965. I have seen utter nonsense, flat out lies, and enough silliness to make a Monty Python skit. Things that were normal training when I first started lifting have now become reinvented.

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4 Phase Injury Recovery Roadmap [A Coach's Guide]

By Ryan Leibreich | Tue, Sep 5

There is a moment that everything changes. All of us, at some point in our athletic careers, have dealt with injuries or a close association with one. Mine came one Thursday morning on a quiet turf field in October.

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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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Should Performance Testing Differ Between Age Groups?

By Dave Reynolds | Fri, Jul 28

As strength coaches, we are all number chasers to a point.

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Be Smart With Lactate Conditioning If You Wanna Be Blazing Fast

By Travis Hansen | Wed, Jul 26

Traditionally, a huge focus has been placed on gauging the quality of your workouts -regardless of your training objectives or goals - by the feeling of the "burn” in your muscles.

  • Want to grow muscle? Better get your pump and feel the burn.
  • Want to get stronger? Burn it baby.
  • Want to shed fat? Then you better feel the burn!
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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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3 French Contrast Workouts For Improving Acceleration, Vertical Jump, And Change of Direction

By Joel Smith | Wed, Jul 19

Have you been looking for a training modality that can rapidly deliver gains in speed, power, and vertical leaping ability? If you want to get powerful in a hurry, there are few applications that will deliver this in the manner that the French Contrast platform can. 

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