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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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3 Common Power Training Mistakes and How to Fix Them

By Dr. Andy Galpin | Mon, Sep 18

A lot of coaches and athletes think they’re training to become “more powerful.” But one look at their programming, and it’s easy to see why the training program they’ve built is missing the mark.

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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 Phase Injury Recovery Roadmap [A Coach's Guide]

By Ryan Leibreich | Tue, Sep 5

There is a moment that everything changes. All of us, at some point in our athletic careers, have dealt with injuries or a close association with one. Mine came one Thursday morning on a quiet turf field in October.

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How To Program For Optimal CNS Performance [Video Mini-Course]

Optimizing the central nervous system seems to be the holy grail of human performance.

With topics like Velocity Based Training and Athlete Readiness gaining momentum, more and more coaches are seeing the importance of training (and optimizing) the Central Nervous System.

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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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Should Performance Testing Differ Between Age Groups?

By Dave Reynolds | Fri, Jul 28

As strength coaches, we are all number chasers to a point.

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Ballin’ On A Budget: A Real World Guide to Running Your Strength Program With Limited Resources

By Bill Marnich | Mon, Jul 24

I, like many other strength coaches, went through school to earn my degrees. I sat through kinesiology and physiology classes. I studied nutrition and wrote up sample workout plans for my strength and conditioning classes. I interned at a nearby college, observing and even getting some hands-on experience with many different sport teams. While earning my masters, I was a graduate assistant at that same college.

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