5 Offseason Training Mistakes That Are Keeping Your High School Athletes Slow, Small, and Weak

By Andy Baker | Mon, Dec 12

As a strength coach in private practice I’ve had the unfortunate experience of looking at some of the “offseason” training plans that many of my student athletes have brought home with them over the summer. With the supposed goal of building strength and muscle mass in the offseason, most of these plans accomplish neither one with much success. 

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How To Maintain Strength and Power During The Competitive Season [Sample Program]

By Michael Barnes | Fri, Oct 28

Sports that rely on change of direction, jumping, starting ability and sprinting are dependent on strength and power capabilities.  All things held consistent like bodyweight, skill and height, athletes who possess the greater amount of strength and power have a competitive advantage and are more than likely going to be successful.  

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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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7 Common Off-Season Rugby Training Mistakes

By Jamie Bain | Mon, Oct 24

The off season is a crucial training period in a rugby player’s calendar: do it correctly and you'll be fitter, faster and more powerful than the competition. Do it incorrectly and you could find yourself in a world of hurt come the first few weeks of the season.

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Parents: Stop Coaching From The Sidelines (You're Actually Making Things Worse!)

By Colby Knepp | Mon, Oct 10

Kevin Eastman, former Vice President of Basketball Operations for the LA Clippers, has been a coach since 1978, and according to our Google Analytics readership data, that's longer than the majority of you have been alive!

Suffice it to say, this dude has experience at multiple levels. After a coaching career that included one NBA Championship (2008 NBA Championship; Kevin was an assistant with the Boston Celtics), Kevin moved into an executive role where he eventually retired in June of 2016.

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A Coaches Framework For Long-Term Athletic Development - Part 2: Developing Movement, Energy Systems, and Strength

By Alex Rosencutter | Tue, Oct 4

A three part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches.  Athletes and new lifters are often being pushed too hard, too fast.  What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar? Part two covers the importance of developing movement, energy systems, and strength for long-term athletic development.

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The 4 Pillars of High School Basketball Strength and Conditioning

By Chris Tutela | Fri, Sep 30

You see a lot of basketball training “experts” out there with their athletes doing all types of fancy stuff. A lot of hopping around, balancing on one leg, juggling poodles in the middle of a busy intersection… you get the picture.

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3 Weight Room Challenges For Mental Toughness

By Bill DeLongis | Wed, Sep 28

In the field of strength and conditioning, new ideas and innovative programs are introduced daily. It seems like a full time job keeping up with all of the new ideas in the field. I have invested my time and energy into learning the best of the best and seeing what results they produce.

I am here today to share my 3 favorite challenge workouts that I have learned in 2016 from some of the brightest minds in the field.

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The 9 Mental Skills of Successful Athletes

EDITORS NOTE: This post originally appeared on the Ohio Center for Sport Psychology website and has been reposted with permission from the author.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete or an Olympic champion to be a successful athlete. Nor do you have to have a room full of trophies, win a state championship, or make the front page of the sports section.

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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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