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6 Snatch Variations to Improve Technique, Strength, and Stability

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Oct 16

When looking at faulty overhead stability and strength in the snatch and/or overhead squat, we typically see a wide array of issues. Sometimes it may be due to mobility (the immediate reference of everyone). But it can often be from lack of barbell awareness and placement, overhead strength, timing, and/or lack of general preparation and experience.

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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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Strength Coaches Build Athletes, Not Bodybuilders (Plus More Wisdom From A Strength Legend)

By Dan John | Mon, Sep 11

It has been a long, strange journey since I first tried to clean and press the Sears' Ted Williams Barbell in 1965. I have seen utter nonsense, flat out lies, and enough silliness to make a Monty Python skit. Things that were normal training when I first started lifting have now become reinvented.

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Using Movement Progressions

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Aug 7

We’ve all been there…

You spend hours putting together a flawless program. You’ve meticulously taken into account everything from the athlete's FMS score to their personal performance goals.  

Then, the team walks in…

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4 Important Things About Being a Strength Coach I Didn’t Learn in College

By Bill Marnich | Fri, Aug 4

I invested a lot of time and money earning my bachelor's degree in exercise science and master's degree in sports performance. Upon completing my education, I was fortunate enough to immediately begin working with collegiate athletes in the weight room. I was confident in my knowledge of rep schemes, rest periods, anaerobic versus aerobic training, and things of that sort.

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Progressing From a Basic Hip Hinge to a Superhero Deadlift

By Alex Rosencutter | Wed, Aug 2

The deadlift. The king of all exercises. If cavemen lifted, which you know they did, then the deadlift was definitely the talk amongst the campfire.

It’s also the ultimate testament of full body strength and the granddaddy of movements for athletes to build qualities such as strength, speed, power, and rate of force development.  

However, most athletes and individuals starting out lack the movement capacity to be jumping right into deadlifts and should develop the capability to perfect the hip-hinge first.  

Here’s a progression and regression system that can be used to perfect the hip-hinge and fine-tune the deadlift.

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