Bodybuilding training principles can be a valuable asset to a strength and conditioning coach. Often, bodybuilding programming can receive a bad rap. It is generally thought to involve more isolated (non-compound) exercise and lack sport-specificity.Read More >
The evolution of strength training over the years can be seen by what the average coach does, but are we heading in the right direction? With so many variables and so many leading authorities using different approaches, how do we make the right choices for our athletes - especially when it comes to leg training?
Science is important, but many coaches have made surprising decisions to use the research differently based on their experience. In this article, both the science and logical, empirical experience are outlined in a straightforward way. It doesn’t matter if you are a new coach at small college or an elite coach at a national training center, a lot of brilliant minds are sharing great points on training.Read More >
Like any training modality, the two paths of training and teaching are necessary to fully exploit the benefits of plyometrics. With so many different exercises and development levels to work with, sometimes plyometric training is dumbed down to make this easier to administer, which is boring the advanced athletes. On the other hand, workouts that are too advanced can injure athletes and discourage them from doing plyometrics in the long run.
I have revised what I do from learning from other coaches, but sometimes you have to look at your program and simply judge what can be done better.
Here are six lessons I have learned the hard way, and some I have learned from just knowing which coaches provide the best advice.
But First...Before You Start Adding Plyometrics...Read More >
As a coach, you probably spend an awful lot of time and effort tinkering with the details of each workout. Whether it’s tweaking sets and reps, figuring out optimal lift percentages, or messing with rest periods, there are an almost infinite number of ways to alter, and hopefully improve, the quality and impact of each session.Read More >
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?
I had never been a huge fan of accommodating resistance, but after a month of testing athletes who performed a full cycle of chain and band work, I am a believer. To me, accommodating resistance was useful for advanced athletes, but now that I have seen it used at the high school and college levels over the last two years, I recommend it for developmental athletes as well.Read More >
When you tell people you own a gym, they probably respond with some iteration of, “Wow! What a great job. I bet you get to work out all day and take all the vacations you want.”Read More >
As strength and conditioning coaches, we all need programming strategies that deliver both safety and predictable results in the most efficient manner possible.Read More >
As we're rolling into a new year, it can be tempting to jump on the latest training bandwagon and buy into the narrative that coaches need to keep their athletes engaged by constantly changing things up.
While there’s nothing wrong with some variety to keep things interesting and overcome plateaus, change for its own sake is directionless and most of the latest gimmicks are nothing more than flashes in the pan that will be out of fashion by this time in 2019, if not before.Read More >