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Getting Started with Bands and Chains for Performance

By Carl Valle | Mon, Mar 19

I had never been a huge fan of accommodating resistance, but after a month of testing athletes who performed a full cycle of chain and band work, I am a believer. To me, accommodating resistance was useful for advanced athletes, but now that I have seen it used at the high school and college levels over the last two years, I recommend it for developmental athletes as well.

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68 Assistance Exercises for Olympic Weightlifting

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Mar 5

In this article I want to offer coaches and athletes a comprehensive approach to addressing some of the most common issues seen with developing weightlifters, CrossFit members/athletes, and general fitness and sports enthusiasts.

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Primary Pattern Programming: A Simple System For Better Results

By Charles Staley | Mon, Jan 29

As strength and conditioning coaches, we all need programming strategies that deliver both safety and predictable results in the most efficient manner possible.

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Olympic Weightlifting Wisdom: Two Veteran Coaches Share Their Best Advice

By Phil White | Mon, Jan 22

As we're rolling into a new year, it can be tempting to jump on the latest training bandwagon and buy into the narrative that coaches need to keep their athletes engaged by constantly changing things up.

While there’s nothing wrong with some variety to keep things interesting and overcome plateaus, change for its own sake is directionless and most of the latest gimmicks are nothing more than flashes in the pan that will be out of fashion by this time in 2019, if not before.

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8 Landmine Exercises For Athletic Performance

By John Garrish | Thu, Dec 14

As high school strength and conditioning coaches, it’s essential for us to make great use of our time. But in a room that may have 8 to 10 young men or women at each work station (50-60 in total) and sessions ranging anywhere from 15 to 70 minutes long, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

To enhance session density and improve session quality in my programming, we use the many tools our room has to offer to keep our students moving. These tools include the more traditional barbells, racks, platforms, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, PVC pipe, and more.

One of the less "conventional” tools we place a great emphasis on has gotten some recent well-deserved exploration: the landmine.

The ability to manipulate and master movements in all planes of movement makes the landmine perhaps the most efficient tool we have.

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6 Functional Movements Every Athlete Should Master

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Dec 7

In this article we will explore six functional exercises that can be used for nearly EVERY athlete to increase joint mobility, stability, and core strength... and to build serious injury resistance.

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A Scientific Approach To Building Strength In All Planes Of Motion

By Ryan Leibreich | Mon, Dec 4

We can no longer think and train linearly. Humans were built to move - and that means move in all directions. Sports are becoming more competitive by the day, and I do not want my athletes getting blown by and ending up on the sidelines.

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The Basics Will Never Fail You: Dan John Talks The Future of Fitness

By Dan John | Mon, Oct 30

I get asked a fair amount of questions at parties. If you train people, party go-ers want you to sum up 52 years of experience in one sentence…then, they argue with you using something they read on the internet.

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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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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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