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How to Develop a Simple Olympic Weightlifting Program for Beginners

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Mar 29

One of the great things about being a coach is the ability to impact the lives of your athletes and clients. After the initial meet and greet with a new athlete, you are often bombarded with questions like:

  • How does your system work?
  • Is it OK for beginners?
  • What are some things a beginner needs to do to get started?
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Use This 4-Phase Summer Football Program To Peak For Game Day

By Chris Tutela | Fri, Jul 7

Ah it’s finally here! The college guys are home, all of the high school guys are finishing up school, and our summer strength and conditioning program is underway!

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Bridging The Gap: How to Return to Training Post ACL Reconstruction

By Andrew Millett PT | Fri, Jun 30

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears and reconstruction are very common in the world of athletics. Either you know of someone who has had their ACL reconstructed or you have yourself. (Prior to being a physical therapist, I had mine reconstructed TWICE!)

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Long-Term Athletic Development - Part 3: Mobility, Stability, Nutrition, and Recovery

By Alex Rosencutter | Fri, Jun 23

A three-part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches. Athletes and new lifters are often beingpushed too hard, too fast. What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar? 

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3 Program Design Principles For The Multi-Sport Athlete

By Herman Demmink III | Fri, Mar 10

How do you train and prepare an athlete who doesn’t have a designated off-season? The multi-sport athlete is constantly changing from one sport to another. And odds are the metabolic demands are completely different in each season.

As a general rule - unless you have the genetics of Bo Jackson, Deon Sanders, or some other superstar - the number of multisport athletes significantly decreases from high school to college and professional levels. The typical multi-sport athlete will benefit most from a program that focuses primarily on fundamentals.

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Post-Season Reset: Use These Movement Prep Exercises For Better Off-Season Gains



Think back to all of the off-season training programs you've been in charge of. In all your years of coaching, can you recall that one athlete who was on the verge of a break-out year? He was fully bought in, training hard, and seeing ridiculous gains.

You'd catch yourself day dreaming of seeing this kid in action. Through all the early morning workouts and afternoon runs, you'd remind yourself that in just a few short months, your investment of time and energy was about to pay big dividends for the team.

But early in his off-season training you made a big mistake. One that haunts you to this very day.

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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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4 Fixes For The Train Wreck Squat

By Zach Long, DPT, SCS | Wed, Nov 16

Most coaches have a handful of mobility and motor control drills that they can employ to quickly fix most athletes squats. But every so often, that train wreck squatter shows up. Knee valgus, foot collapse, low back rounding, and nowhere near full depth! When you watch this athlete squat, its hard to even know where to start!

Next time you see this type of squat, try one of the following drills which will often rapidly help the immature squat get back on track.

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The Downfall of Gumby: What Is Hypermobility And How Do I Fix It?

By Robert Wilson | Thu, Aug 25

Everyone these days is on and on about mobility.  As they should be: having full range of motion and healthy soft tissues is an important component of performance and most people are missing critical ranges of motion that contribute to loss of performance and long term dysfunction.

But increasing range of motion is only part of the picture.  

On the other end of the spectrum we have hypermobility.  Literally, too much range of motion.

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Is Kipping Really That Dangerous? Part 1 - Assessing and Building the Basic Kipping Positions

By Dan Pope | Fri, Jun 24

Kipping is a bit of a controversial subject. Some people have fully embraced it as a skill that should be developed and others still believe it’s the devil incarnate releasing rotator cuff carnage throughout the fitness world.

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