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How To Perform A Needs Analysis Before Writing Your Next Program

By Dr. Chris Holder | Mon, Apr 10

It’s the end of the season and time to go back to the drawing board. Regardless of wins and losses, every good strength coach knows there are adjustments to be made to the programming so off-season meets the needs of his or her team.

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Programming Pitfalls Roundtable: 4 Strength Coaches Share Their Opinion

We connected with leading strength coaches from the collegiate, high school, and private sectors to learn some of the common program design mistakes they've made or are seeing on a regular basis. Take some time to learn (and avoid!) these common programming pitfalls.

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Still Using Excel Templates? Here's 6 Reasons to Use Strength and Conditioning Software

At Power Athlete, there’s a term we do not take very lightly - Limiting Factor: an inability or minimally effective component limiting performance and the development of athleticism.

As opposed to labeling weaknesses, the term ‘limiting’ provides coaches the opportunity to identify, measure, and improve. More importantly, this approach directs the coach to take an honest, complete look at their athlete, an honesty they’ll inevitably face in competition.

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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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6 Ways to Train The Multisport Athlete for In-Season Domination

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Fri, Mar 3

Winter sports are starting to wrap up, and a large majority of your student athletes are ramping up to begin their spring sport seasons.  

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A Quick Primer on Using Rep Ranges vs. Percentages

By Drew Hammond, MS, CSCS | Wed, Mar 1

Anyone familiar with any sort of fitness programming has undoubtedly been exposed to the concept of percentage-based training. The idea is relatively simple: complete a certain number of reps for a certain number of sets at a certain percentage of a certain max.

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Non-Traditional Programming Factors: How To Build Strength Through Adversity

There's so much more to being a strength and conditioning coach than improving the traditional factors like strength, power, speed, and conditioning. Have you taken into consideration the non-traditional factors like developing character, work ethic, and grit?

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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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Program Design Principles For High School Athletes: How to Develop Explosive Speed & Agility [Video]

There's about a thousand and one ways you can plan your speed and agility training: ladders, cones, grids, build up sprints, plyometrics, etc. But how can you be sure that all the time you're investing in off-season speed and agility training is actually paying off?

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Off-Season Training for High School Football: Developing Explosive Speed and Power

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Jan 30

This three part series addresses the specific goals of each phase and how an effective high school level coach should program in order to provide their athletes with a comprehensive and effective off-season regimen.

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