8 Performance Tests Every Strength Coach Should Use In Their Off-Season Training

The Golden Rule of being a strength and conditioning coach is simple: Do No Harm.

Coaches have a responsibility to take athletes where they cannot take themselves through the application of training tools to prepare mentally and physically targeted for athlete’s specific goals. It is inexcusable for an athlete to get injured during training, especially on testing days.

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Keep The Passion, No Matter What: Your Success Depends On It

By Dr. Chris Holder | Wed, Jan 4

This is the second installment of this series and believe it or not, I had a tough time syphoning this idea down into a solid point. I had to sit down with my wife, who is also a coach, and brainstorm the fluff away until I came to a cohesive, pointed thought: Passion.

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Raise The Standard: 3 Impactful Ways To Turn Pro and Become a Kick Ass Coach

By Stuart Brauer | Tue, Dec 20

One of the frequent topics of discussion I have with affiliate owners is how to develop a staff of professional coaches; full or part-time employees who embody the full essence of a strength & conditioning professional, have entrepreneurial tendencies (though not wanting to be full-time entrepreneurs) and have the ability to communicate on deep levels with those who are seeking a lasting lifestyle change.

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Here Are The 4 Key Relationships That Every Strength Coach Should Invest In (And How To Navigate Them)

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Dec 19

Editors note: This is the first post in a multi-part series on "things you didn't learn in school" in which we'll explore the most impactful in-the-trenches lessons that a 20+ year S&C veteran has learned. Today's topic: relationships.

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5 Offseason Training Mistakes That Are Keeping Your High School Athletes Slow, Small, and Weak

By Andy Baker | Mon, Dec 12

As a strength coach in private practice I’ve had the unfortunate experience of looking at some of the “offseason” training plans that many of my student athletes have brought home with them over the summer. With the supposed goal of building strength and muscle mass in the offseason, most of these plans accomplish neither one with much success. 

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Off-Season Goal Setting For Strength Coaches: How To Start The Off-Season Strong

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Dec 5

It’s that time of year again. Our current seasons are coming to an end and we all have been reflecting on what we can do better for the next year. I spend the entire calendar year planning ahead, getting my ducks in a row to make sure that we are leaving nothing in question from an organizational perspective. We are in the business of building athletes. We are in the business of giving our coaching staff an upper hand so they can game plan for success.

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8 Attributes Every High School Athlete Must Have to Excel in a Collegiate Strength Program

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Fri, Dec 2

I believe that most high school aged athletes are being done a disservice with their training.  As a former collegiate strength and conditioning coach and someone who works with a multitude of high school aged athletes it is clear that they are being lead in the wrong direction. 

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Crush The Chaos: How To Maximize Efficiency and Safety Inside Your Weight Room

By Colby Knepp | Mon, Nov 14

Your weight room is a nightmare. Despite all your best efforts to get organized by printing workout logs, assigning kids to lifting groups, and nominating Senior leaders, the hour or so your team spends in the weight room can only be described in one word: chaos.

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What Makes A Better CrossFit Coach: IQ or EQ?

By Stuart Brauer | Fri, Nov 11

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” - Brian Trac

“Your EQ is more important than your IQ” - Gary Vaynerchuc

Both of these gentlemen are obvious topic experts, successful entrepreneurs and their message rings true to anyone who owns their own business. The amount of emotional intelligence you bring to the table is more important than you’re overall intellectual intelligence if you’re looking to develop a sustainable enterprise and hire/develop the best staff money can buy.

However, for our niche market - the microgym - we need to be a bit more practical in our application of these sage pieces of advice. Let’s break that down.

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