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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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Give Your Workouts a Turbo Boost with Tim DiFrancesco’s NBA-Proven Movement Preparation

By Tim DiFrancesco | Mon, Apr 2

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.

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How To Structure Speed and Power Training for Advanced Athletes

By Joel Smith | Mon, Jan 15

“Anything works” when you are dealing with novice athletes.

You can do 5-3-1, Starting Strength, 1x20, Triphasic, Husker Power, APRE, and the list goes on. There are also plenty of vertical jump programs and 40-yard dash workouts that will deliver good results for those who haven’t done much serious training.

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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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Is Early Sport Specialization As Bad As You Think?

By Mike Robertson | Mon, Nov 13

One of the most heated talking points in our industry today is that of early sport specialization, or ESS. It seems like nowadays everyone and their mother wants to jump on the bandwagon and talk about how ESS is ruining our kids.

And you know what – they’re not totally wrong.

But here’s the thing – I don’t think they’re totally right either.

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Power Through Plateaus With These 3 Isometric Training Protocols

By Joel Smith | Mon, Oct 23

Are we right to think that full-range “up-and-down” lifts against resistance are the only way to train for athletic speed, power, and even muscle endurance?

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Boost Your Team Chemistry With These Weight Room Challenges

By Ryan Leibreich | Thu, Oct 5

What if there was a way to build unstoppable team chemistry while also getting your team in better shape? Challenge workouts can be effective at building team chemistry AND developing the correct energy system if you do it right. 

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Game Day Slump: What To Do When Performance Tanks

By Fergus Connolly | Mon, Oct 2

One tendency in athletics today is to assume every mistake is the short coming of physical qualities. 

When coaches review film and look at a game situation where a player failed to execute, they often attempt to find a perceived shortcoming that can be “fixed” with more strength, speed, or power work. 

As the saying goes, "if the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail."

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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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In-Season Strength Training: Is 'Light and Fast' Is A Huge Mistake?

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Sep 25

For the last 9 months you have trained hard and heavy getting ready for the season. You don’t want to piss away that progress, do you?

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