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 …

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 …

Get It Up At All Cost Part II

In part I of Where Have All the Max Days Gone, I discussed several reasons on why we don’t use the traditional “Max Day” in our training format much anymore.  Part II began to grow after hearing feedback from colleagues, and former interns.  I had forgotten to list one of the primary reasons for eliminating testing days, which is the …

Where Have all the Max Days Gone

Every serious athlete who’s gone through a dedicated strength program one time or another can remember max days. We’ve all done them at one time or another. One day dedicated to testing your lifts to see how strong you’ve become from the previous training. Max days have their positives and negatives. For myself, as I’ve gained more experience, I often …

The APRE Good & Bad

The APRE is an great method to build strength in novice/intermediate athletes or re-build lost strength quickly.  I use the APRE at various times throughout an athletes duration on campus.  One of my friends and former classmates, Bryan Mann, had a good article on the APRE in this past month’s edition of Training & Conditioning magazine.  If you’re unfamiliar with the …

Competitive Team Speed Training

Developing a competitive environment within training can be an important piece to continued development.  Competition pushes an athlete to perform, whether it’s in the weight room, or on the field for playing time.  Coaches fully understand the importance the role speed plays, but also realize that it may be the most difficult motor quality to develop.  It requires patience, consistency, and genetics to be honest.  …

6 Lessons in Building Team Culture

Culture is not about building a great team.  Culture is what creates great teams.  It’s fostering an environment where the program becomes greater than the team.  Everyone knows the values, expectations, and roles amid and amongst each other in an atmosphere where leaders lead by example.  Here’s 6 quick concepts to fostering culture in the team setting. Team first The team …