Four Components of the Warm Up

One thing that often time gets overlooked is the warmup.  The warmup for my athletes is too important to brush over.  Time is a limiting factor in most of our day at the NCAA level so we use our warmup needs to achieve 4 things in each session: 1. Movement Skills – We utilize a variety of movements throughout the warmup as …

Ultimate MMA Conditioning and Energy System Development

One of my good friends, Joel Jamieson, from my early days in strength and conditioning at the University of Washington sent me his products a few weeks back.  He is the author of Ultimate MMA Conditioning, as well as The Ultimate Guide to HRV Training.   Joel runs a website at www.8weeksout.com.  It has a lot of great information as well as a forum …

Low Back Myth’s with Stuart McGill

Here is a great video from Stuart McGill.  Those of you that have read the blog over the last two years will note that I’m a huge Stuart McGill advocate and believe in his spine principles wholeheartedly.  In this video he goes over some of the common myths associated with the back and training.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=033ogPH6NNE] Myth #2 may be my …

2011 CSCCa Conference Review

The CSCCa National Conference was this past week in Kansas City.  Our staff had a good time and it was a much-needed break from the grind of the semester. I spoke on the topic of Training Considerations for Rotational Athletes.  I thought it went great and received some great feedback as well.  I enjoyed the opportunity and had a fairly large crowd …

Year in Review

It’s been over a year since I started this site.  Since then I’ve met a lot of people and had a lot of good things come from it.  There’s been over 85,000 views, I’ve posted several articles, and even had an article published in Training and Conditioning magazine on the annual training of the TCU pitchers.   Special Delivery This site …

Beginner Reads

Something I continually preach to our interns is that you should read anything you can get your hands on.    Read, read, read, and read some more.  Even when it may be something you disagree with, there is still an opportunity to learn from it.  A question was recently raised from an intern about what literature I would recommend for someone …

Great Interview w/ Shon Grosse

One of our strength coaches led me to an interview today at Bret Contreras’ website.   It’s with physical therapist Shon Grosse.  Shon touches on great points such as being a great strength coach means being a great coach first and foremost.  This is an often misunderstood especially with young pups getting into the field of strength and conditioning.  They know the …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part III

My favorite presentation on the weekend was by Coach Tom Myslinski from the University of Memphis.  His presentation was Comparing and Contrasting the American Collegiate and Professional Football Player.  Tom admitted afterward that the wrong presentation had been loaded so in essence he had to freestyle for the hour he was up there.  I truly thought the best part of …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part II

Two others in the presentation I talked about yesterday were extremely valuable as well.  The third topic was done on Sickle Cell Anemia.  Many times athletes who go down with sickling are often treated for heat stroke.  Athletes who collapse due to SCA usually have a core temperature under 102 deg. F, and can often collapse after being on the …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part I

Last week I attended the NSCA Sport Specific Conference in Addison, Texas.  I thought it was a well put on event with a few good presentations and some great opportunities to talk with old friends and do a little networking.  I personally found one of the most informative presentations to be Preventing Sudden Death in Sport: Considerations for the Strength and …