Athlete Nutrition – Part 2

A few days ago, I put up a post covering proper nutrition habits for athletic performance.  Included in that post were my five guidelines that every athlete should follow as well as some general nutrition tips. 

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Athlete Nutrition – Part 1

The biggest limiting factor in athletic performance in nutrition and the sad thing is that the majority of athletes I talk with have no clue what proper nutrition for an athlete looks like.  Continue reading

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Program Goals: The One’s That Truly Matter

Regardless of the athlete or the level they compete at I have the same goals for every member of my program.  I think it is important to have steadfast objectives for what you want to accomplish.  Of course, every person will have specific performance goals that we will work towards.  However, I believe that the culture of training programs is vital success of individual athletes and culture is dictated by working towards a common objective.  Continue reading

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Strength Introduction: Full Program

This is the third and final instalment in a three-part series covering the proper introduction of strength training for young athletes new to the weight room.

As we discussed in the first two articles, what separates a good introductory program from a bad one is twofold…

  • Good programs focus on proper movement and muscle firing patterns before they introduce weight.
  • Proper strength implementation is done in a systematic fashion that takes into account all three phases of strength development – Isometric, Eccentric, and Concentric.

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Strength Introduction: The Big 4 Movements

 

This is the second instalment in a three-part series covering the proper introduction of strength training for young athletes new to the weight room.

As we discussed in the last article what separates a good introductory program from a bad one is twofold…

  • Good programs focus on proper movement and muscle firing patterns before they introduce weight.
  • Proper strength implementation is done in a systematic fashion that takes into account all three phases of strength development – Isometric, Eccentric, and Concentric.

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Strength Introduction: Foundation

**This is the first instalment in a three-part series on how to introduce strength training to a young athlete**

Every athlete, at every level, has a very high demand for strength.

Their level of strength dictates their speed, explosiveness, and their potential for injury. Continue reading

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The Pull-Up Project

I am a steadfast believer that an athlete has to be able to handle their own bodyweight in order to progress into more advanced training methods in order to develop absolute strength and power.  Continue reading

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Should You Olympic Lift?

Understanding the why and how behind Olympic Lifting and decoding variations that get the job done.

Olympic lifting has always been a hot topic amongst strength coaches and is wildly used within High School weight rooms. When done properly there are very few things that produce the levels of force and have the amount of transfer to the field as Olympic lifts do.

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The Top 4 “Big” Lifts to Build Your Strength Program Around

How providing your athletes with a smaller variety of “Big” movements will allow them to progress faster and build a wider base for long-term strength gains. 

When I design programs for any of my High School teams there is always one thing I keep in mind…

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The Truth About Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning for high school aged athletes is not merely about how strong and fast an athlete is.  Don’t get me wrong, it plays an important part.  However, getting an athlete to improve his strength is the easiest thing a coach can do.  Continue reading

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