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A Strength Coach’s Guide to Programming Plyometrics

By Carl Valle | Mon, Apr 9

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...

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Getting Started with Bands and Chains for Performance

By Carl Valle | Mon, Mar 19

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.

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3 Speed Training Methods That Don't Work (And What To Do Instead)

By Joel Smith | Mon, Dec 11

In the realm of getting fast, there are lots of proposed fixes... lots of things that “look” like they are training speed. But in the end, not as many things truly work as well as they say.

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Use This Linear Speed Teaching Progression For Game Breaking Acceleration

By Dave Reynolds | Mon, Nov 6

You know that speed kills. And as strength and conditioning professionals, we're always racking our brains trying to get our athletes faster. Here's a four step teaching progression that works wonders for new athletes.

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Does In-Season Conditioning Help or Hurt Game Day Performance?

By Tobias Jacobi | Thu, Sep 28

In-season training can be a mine field for the strength & conditioning professional. Accumulate too much fatigue and performance decreases... but if your team isn't fit, you'll be left in the dust when it matters. So the question remains: How much is enough? And how much is too much?

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How To Program For Optimal CNS Performance [Video Mini-Course]

Optimizing the central nervous system seems to be the holy grail of human performance.

With topics like Velocity Based Training and Athlete Readiness gaining momentum, more and more coaches are seeing the importance of training (and optimizing) the Central Nervous System.

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Be Smart With Lactate Conditioning If You Wanna Be Blazing Fast

By Travis Hansen | Wed, Jul 26

Traditionally, a huge focus has been placed on gauging the quality of your workouts -regardless of your training objectives or goals - by the feeling of the "burn” in your muscles.

  • Want to grow muscle? Better get your pump and feel the burn.
  • Want to get stronger? Burn it baby.
  • Want to shed fat? Then you better feel the burn!
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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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5 Off-Season Training Mistakes That Are Keeping Your Athletes Slow, Small, and Weak [e-Book]

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.

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Train Fast, Be Fast: Tips For Building Faster Athletes

By Dr. Chris Holder | Fri, Jun 16

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.

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