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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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Inch By Inch: How One High School Football Team Turned Their Program Around in a Big Way

By Jay Crookston | Tue, Dec 13

In the 1999 hit film, “Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino’s character gives a classic pre-game motivational talk about how success is achieved “inch by inch.”

“When we add up all those inches, we know that’s gonna make the [bleeping] difference between winning and losing.”

Extolling the virtues of personal sacrifice, determination, commitment, teamwork and extra effort, it’s a stirring speech, for sure. It makes for great theater, but as you reflect on the 2016 season and start thinking about the 2017 campaign, is this notion of “inch by inch” relevant to your athletes?

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Dominate Your In-Season Training With This Sample Template for High School Football Teams

By Ryan Williams | Tue, Oct 25

Football season is officially upon us and if you're a football coach there’s really only one night that matters to you: Friday.

Here's how to maximize your training leading up to Kick Off.

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3 Common In-Season Football Training Mistakes

By Lawrence Herrera | Mon, Sep 19

School is back in session and we are back on the field for football season!  Our athletes are back in our weight rooms and as coaches we believe our athletes could be in better shape and should have worked out more during the summer.  So what do we do? We make them work out hard and try to catch up for what they missed out during summer training.

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How Important Is The Aerobic System for Football Players?

By John Welbourn | Fri, Sep 16

Every muscle contraction in the body is the result of a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). When the ATP is combined with water it splits apart and produces energy.  ATP is broken down during a muscle contraction into adenosine diphosphate (ADP). However, ATP must be replenished for work to continue so another chemical reaction adds phosphate back to ADP to make ATP.

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5 Bulletproof Ways To Maximize Athlete Engagement In Your Weight Room

By Josh Sutchar | Wed, Sep 14

“Let’s just get 1% better today!” Coach Harbaugh would enthusiastically exclaim as our team lined up before practice.

We would line up 8 columns, each with 10 or so guys in a column. Coach Harbaugh used to make sure that the columns were straight lines, and that we looked pro right from the start. “It’s the little things gentlemen. I can tell if a team is disciplined by how straight their warmup lines are.”

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5 Movements to Build Powerful Glutes and Hamstrings for Athletic Performance

By Joel Smith | Mon, Sep 5

We all know things like deadlifts and Olympic lifts are great general posterior chain builders, so I’m going to leave those movements for now in favor of some more over-arching philosophy. 

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Post Game Recovery: How To Get Back To 100% After a Tough Competition

By Chris Costa | Wed, Aug 31

Game Day! The best day of the week for athletes around the world. You're excited, anxious and ready to hit the field and put it all on the line for your team.

Regardless of the sport, the body and mind are taxed when put under the stressors of competition and game day.

You might be a triathlete, football player or golfer - when it comes to recovery, our bodies operate the same: the body needs rest or a return to homeostasis, fuel (food) and hydration, namely electrolyte replacement.

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How One High School Connected 400 Athletes Under 1 Strength Program

By Josh Sutchar | Mon, Aug 8

The sport coaches at Holmen High School (WI) are all in.

The coaching staff has bought into one strength and conditioning program for their athletes regardless of sport or season because Holmen’s athletes are just that, they’re athletes.

They’ve bought in to the fact that being powerful, strong, and explosive are relevant attributes for athletes in all sports, from football to swimming.

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Why High School Athletes May Not Need To Learn The Olympic Lifts (And What To Do Instead)

By Andrew Wary | Mon, Jul 18

Due to the unique challenges that exist within the High School weightroom Olympic lifting is frequently not the best option for athletic development. Instead, the basics and tools such as the dynamic effort method should be used as a more effective and efficient choice.

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