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The Residual Training Effect

Residual training effects are a big topic currently in the age of the COVID-19.  Coaches and athletes alike are talking about how long we can retain the gains that we’re made previous to the shutdown.  The residual training effect is just that…how long athletes keep traces of previous training.  It was heavily documented by Vladamir Issurin in his form of …

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The Details Matter

Programming any energy system work has to be built around these 4 basic parameters. Without details on each parameter coaches have no idea what training adaption they’re creating. – As an example we can have the exact same training session with exception to one small detail being the rest interval. – Rest intervals are so vital to determining what adaptation …

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Not All Strength is Created Equal

Increasing strength initially has a large effect on the transfer to speed of movement. After that continually developing more often has no effect. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and we have to decide at what point more strength is not worth h the energy applied to it. – As athletes advance the time allowed for force application becomes …

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Less is More???

I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes applying to the sports training process.  It comes from Thomas Kurz and his book the Science of Sports Training.  “Training is efficient if the highest sports result is achieved with the least expense of time and energy.” I think this is one of the most important concepts that any coach, strength …

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Program Movement Not Muscles

Athletes are in the business of efficient movement, and the best are incredible at controlling their body. Coordinated movement doesn’t come from something as simple as purely building muscle size. Muscles mean little individually without the ability to synchronize movement in the appropriate skill. Athletes that can move well aren’t always the most muscular and the most muscular guys don’t …

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Maxing without Maxing Part III

A question that has come across my desk a lot recently is how to calculate training weights without ever maxing an athlete. Or coaches ask how to monitor progress if max days are never a part of the program. For coaches that have already read my thoughts on max days in the former posts Where Have all the Max Days Gone  and Get It …

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Autoregulation: The Pros and Cons When Training Athletes

Autoregulating training is a hot topic these days for coaches and athletes.  However, every situation presents itself differently.  At the heart of autoregulation these factors must be considered. Communication Trust Athlete’s Training Age Goals This article was written for simplifaster.com Autoregulation: The Pros and Cons When Training Athletes

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Weight Room Culture of ONE

One question I get more than any is how we build the culture in our program on the strength and conditioning side.  The first thing needing addressed is that the culture of a program isn’t a separate entity in each area on and off the field.  Its an umbrella under which the entirety of the organization operates.  There shouldn’t be a disconnect between the weight …

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Baseball and the Olympic Lifts

One of the most popular questions I get is about using the Olympic lifts with baseball athletes. First off, I came up through my athletic career as well as my early coaching career with the Olympic lifts as a staple.  I even trained as an Olympic lifter for an extended period of time on the Bulgarian, and Russian systems years …

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Teaching the Front Squat Rack

Teaching athletes how to rack the bar is absolutely imperative to for front squatting correctly. There doesn’t need to be a huge learning curve for learning the rack position. A progression can happen in a matter of a few training sessions and be revisited everyday during warm-ups. The two biggest points for learning the position. Athletes must learn to rack …