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Path to the Podium Episode 1: The Road to AO3 Las Vegas

By TrainHeroic | Wed, Sep 12

We're on a mission as partners with USA Weightlifting to help identify the next generation of American weightlifting talent.

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Energy Systems 101 Part 2: What Every Coach Really Needs to Know!

By Jonathan Mike | Mon, Sep 10

In Part 1 of this series, we thoroughly examined the truth about energy systems, their classification, specifics of each energy system, correct terminology used, and most importantly, how each energy system is interconnected and contributes to one another for energy provisions.

One of the more confusing aspects that continues to purvey is the role of fuel use during training, and even during recovery, and how intensity has large implications for these energy systems.

Many are discussing and even advocating basic programming ideas based on these systems without ever really thinking and knowing about how they work. This article will help set the record straight and examine the truth about energy systems.

Let’s get started with Part 2.

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Energy Systems: What Every Coach Really Needs To Know!

By Jonathan Mike | Mon, Aug 6

Energy systems within the framework of coaching and athletic development is always a heated topic, and there has been this very unsettling trend within social media and online articles discussing the best methods to incorporate these systems into programs. While this topic is critical to the improvement of athletic performance, implementation, and program design, the use of specific terms and application have been misinterpreted.

As times goes on, the staggering amount of self-proclaimed training and nutrition "experts" within the industry become more obvious. Many are discussing and even advocating basic programming ideas based on these systems without ever really thinking about how they actually work. There are way too many people who speak and write as though these energy systems are completely independent of each other.

Here’s the truth - and I know it may be shocking - but all these energy systems are not independent of each other. They never have been and never will be.

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Let’s Get (Beyond the) Physical: Simultaneously Develop Athletes’ Technical, Tactical, and Psychological Traits

By Fergus Connolly | Mon, Jun 25

Professional sports leagues across the globe look at youth talent in many different ways. Sometimes development programs appear very sophisticated and detailed, while in other cases they seem a lot simpler. At rugby and soccer clubs around the world, kids start in under-7, under-9, or under-11 junior teams and either rise through the ranks in the academy system or get snapped up at increasingly young ages by larger clubs offering the promise of a professional career.

In these sports, physical qualities are important. But in successful countries they’re always secondary to the technical and tactical adeptness youth coaches and scouts look for. They’re typically assessing young talent in the most real-world scenario in sports: the game itself.

So, to a large degree, what they’re seeing is what they’re getting, with technical, tactical, physical, and psychological elements being simultaneously expressed through skills on the pitch as players on both teams try to stick to their coaches’ game plans while dealing with the inevitable randomness and chaos of the game as it arises in a dynamic, ever-evolving system.

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Improving Performance, Restoring Symmetry, and Reducing Injury Risk with Unilateral Exercises

By Nic Gill | Tue, May 22

Almost every sport requires athletes to move unilaterally – emphasizing one leg, arm, or side of the body more than the other. Most running, jumping (takeoff and landing), and throwing is unilateral. It’s rare for any athlete to generate motion bilaterally using both arms, legs, and sides of their body equally. And when they do, it’s not for very long and usually precedes a transition back to unilateral movement.

And yet in the gym, there can be a temptation to focus most - if not all - of the training we program for our athletes on bilateral exercises.

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A Call for Change: Addressing 9 Common Myths in Strength and Conditioning for Sports Coaches & Parents

By Ryan Leibreich | Mon, May 14

To start things off on the right foot, some common ground coaches and parents can all share is that we want the same thing: for each athlete to become the best they can be. Period.

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How to Develop Your Own Leg Training Approach

By Carl Valle | Mon, Apr 23

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.

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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 Weaponize Your Coaching with Athlete Readiness Surveys

By Carl Valle | Mon, Feb 26

Today, the average strength coach has more responsibilities than they did in the past. They are expected to monitor an entire program, not just the weights and conditioning. Communication with athletes is a key part of success, as we all know, but doing it in an effective manner is a challenge.

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