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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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In-Season Development a Priority

The in-sesaon period for a youth or teen athlete can be as important, if not more so, than the off-season when it comes to building their body. A major problem at the high school level are athletes who train hard in the off-season but stop completely when the in-season arrives. The only reason an athlete trains to build his physical …

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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 …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Recovery

Here are a few studies out of the old Soviet Sports Review on the recovery process in weightlifters.  I have broken it down to expedite the message but the results speak for themselves.  The back issues of the SSR are filled with gold.  You just have to do the digging. Recovery Soviet Sport Review September 1980 by Talyshev What they did Highly …

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Knowledge is Power

Here’s a couple of quick interviews from two very knowledgeable coaches in the field of performance training.  Both are well worth the time. Adam Feit A very interesting interview I came across earlier this week was with Adam Feit on the Just Fly Performance Podcast.  Adam delves into the methods they use at RYPT (Reach Your Potential Training) with the training of youth …

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Specialization of Means

In the beginning stages of athletic development the training allows for improvement of the entire foundation. As the athlete becomes advanced the foundation sharply narrows and must become concentrated. This is why specialization must occur as athletes advance but not prior to a high level of development. Specialization too soon eliminates creating a large motor pool of athletic skills and consequently …

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Bridging over Squats

When injuries occur on the field athletes become limited in the weight room.  Upper body injuries throw squatting out the window unless you have specialized equipment like a PitShark or safety squat bars.  Many high schools, and/ or smaller programs don’t have budgets for said equipment and lower body training is left to the what the imagination can ponder.  Understanding …