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Percentages Are Worthless: Planning Volume and Intensity For High School Athletes

By Colby Knepp | Fri, Jan 13

Do you use percentages to train your beginner level athletes? While it is certainly one way to get kids stronger, it might not be the best way to get it done. And because you're always looking for a better way to do things, we sought out a world class expert in the world of program design to help you combine the science of strength development with the art of real world coaching.

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4 Early Off-Season Football Training Goals Your Team Should Focus On

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Thu, Dec 15

Editors Note: This is the first installment in a multi-part series on off-season strength training for football at the high school level. In the next few posts we'll explore how you should organize your training from Late November through Early August.

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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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Competitive CrossFit Is Leaving One Major Weakness In Your Fitness - Learn How to Fix It Here

By Logan Gelbrich | Tue, Nov 1

With the growing pedigree of the CrossFit Games, there’s a prevailing notion that preparation for such a competition is much more a hard science than an art. Each year we see blog posts, analytical data regarding previous event structures, and guesswork regarding the prevalence of certain movements over others.

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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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3 Quick Fixes To A Bigger Deadlift

By Jeff Guthrie | Fri, Oct 7

It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you see your bar loaded up, walk up to it, take a deep breath, put everything you have into pulling that weight off the floor, and reach lockout.

Victory!!!

It’s also hard to describe the feeling you get when you see your bar loaded up, walk up to it, take a deep breath, put everything you have into pulling that weight off the floor, and it doesn’t budge. It can be devastating!  

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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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