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.Read More >
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.Read More >
The full-time strength coach as a profession is still in its infancy. In 1988 when I graduated from college, there were only a handful of collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaches. Little did I know that 25 years later, I would be working in this amazing, challenging field, shaping the lives of young athletes.Read More >
One of my major concerns when I made the move to the high school ranks after almost 15 years as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach was interacting with the parents.
I am in a unique situation: a K-12 private school. I deal with questions from parents of children at many different ages. These questions range from the routine to the very off-the-wall.
Early on in my transition, I came to realization that dealing with a parent was very similar to dealing with sport coaches. Sometimes it can be a difficult situation, and other times it can be smooth. The one thing the strength and conditioning coach must have is support from their administration. A supportive athletic director, principal, and administrative staff will be the strength and conditioning coach's best friends.Read More >
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!Read More >
Developing strong, powerful, fast, and athletic female athletes can open many doors when it comes to recruiting and collegiate athletics.
Here are some of the things I have learned from coaching hundreds of female athletes on a weekly basis. I have made many mistakes, but the following tips can help you create a culture that allows female athletes to thrive.Read More >
Slow. Small. Weak. Three words you never want to utter when talking about your team.
If speed is king, then strength is queen and size is the spoiled prince. This trifecta is like the royal flush of on-field performance.Read More >
If you are spending all your time training straight line speed, you aren’t trying to get fast...
...unless of course, you are a track athlete. Then, by all means, continue.
But, if you are in every other sport where running speed is a major component of your competition, you need to reconsider your approach.Read More >
Summer conditioning for football and other fall sports (especially down south where the weather forecast is usually the same day in and day out—hazy, humid, and 90+ degrees) can be a strength and conditioning coach’s worst nightmare.Read More >