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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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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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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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4 Periodization Principles To Use In Your Training Programs

By Karsten Jensen | Wed, Aug 9

Periodization should be a staple in your program design philosophy.

Regardless of the age or ability level of the athlete or client you are training, there are biological laws that dictate how much adaptation you can squeeze out of any given training cycle. 

Periodization works in tandem with these laws. Here's how to do it.

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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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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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4 Scientifically Proven Ways To Develop Explosive Power (And How To Program Each)

By Joel Smith | Mon, Apr 24

Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. The question is...how do we optimally train it? 

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3 Scientifically-Proven Methods to Build Raw Strength

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Wed, Apr 12

Fact: “The strong are generally more useful and harder to kill.” – Mark Rippetoe

You see, strength is sexy. Raw, eye-popping strength is something everybody wants, but very few can achieve. Those who are able to achieve it unlock a whole new world both inside and outside of the gym.

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