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Why You Should Wait Until February to Test 1-Rep Maxes

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Tue, Feb 14

It’s December 28th. Most teams have already completed their max strength testing. The ones that have not tested yet are most likely scheduled to test during the first week of January.  

This is the way things are done, and they have always been done that way.

Wait, how does that quote go?

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is – ‘We’ve always done it this way.'”

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Is The NFL Combine Broken?

"It's What We've Always Done"

LA Tech Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Kurt Hester has spent the past twenty years getting his athletes ready for the highest levels of competition.

In fact, he has trained many professional athletes from from National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and the NFL Combine classes.

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8 Performance Tests Every Strength Coach Should Use In Their Off-Season Training

The Golden Rule of being a strength and conditioning coach is simple: Do No Harm.

Coaches have a responsibility to take athletes where they cannot take themselves through the application of training tools to prepare mentally and physically targeted for athlete’s specific goals. It is inexcusable for an athlete to get injured during training, especially on testing days.

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22 Reasons Every Strength Coach Should Make Testing Part of Their Program

By Michael Barnes | Tue, Jan 10

Monitoring is a term that is used as a tenant of management. The definition of monitoring is “Supervising activities in progress to ensure they are on-course and on-schedule in meeting the objectives and performance targets.” 

In the strength and conditioning setting monitoring is done by testing.  Once you have testing data you can measure the effectiveness of the program.  If you are managing a strength and conditioning program you should be monitoring the program to ultimately better serve the athletes. 

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