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Why FRONT SQUATS reign king

The back squat is not the king of all exercises for our baseball program and here’s why…. 1. Lumbar spine and Pelvis Mechanics The biggest reason we moved exclusively to the front squat over 5 years ago is to protect our kids’ low backs. The front squat goes a long way in keeping the pelvis in a more neutral state compared …

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8 In-Season Training Tips

I was thinking to myself about our in-season program on our bus ride to the Super Regional in College Station this afternoon and came up with a random list on programming for in-season training.  I use, or have used, most everything on this list at one time or another in the training of  baseball, and football athletes.  Obviously, this isn’t …

What it takes to succeed – A MUST READ!

This is a must read article for what it takes to succeed at not only golf but anything in life.  One of the best things I’ve read in recent memory and well worth the time for any athlete or coach.

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 …

TCU Physcial Performance Center

We recently opened a new facility for our training needs at TCU.  The new facility houses 32 rack / platform combinations in an 18,000+ square foot facility.  One of the best features is having our facility connected to our indoor.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTIo7Q2YmD8]

Pallof Press

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite movements is the Cable Pallof Press.  We have used these with bands for years prior to having cable machines in our weight room, so there are other options for those of you who are without cables.  The movement trains anti-rotation of the the trunk.  Creating strength through anti-rotational exercises also produces strength in rotational exercises, …

Pull-ups, or Chin-ups

I read this article a while back in the NSCA Journal and forgot about it until I saw a post by Mike Reinold earlier this week.  Surface Electromyographic Activation Patterns and Elbow Joint Motion During a Pull-Up, Chin-Up, or Perfect-Pullup™ Rotational Exercise If you haven’t read the article its pretty evident that it compares muscle activation during the three variations of a pull-up.  …

Beware of the BCS

There’s a couple of good reads that I wanted to point out this week.  One of them is over at EliteFTS.com and an interview with East Carolina Strength Coach Mike Golden.  Q&A with Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Golden By far the best article I read this week was in Sports Illustrated titled “Does it Matter” by Austin Murphy and …

How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach

A friend of mine, Jim Kielbaso, posted a great article at his website www.UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com.  The article touches on being a strength coach at various levels as well as how to get into the field of strength and conditioning.  It’s extremely informative and insightful especially for those younger coaches who are in the process of making career choices, or still trying …

Deload – Part II

I thought I’d list out a few commonly used 4 week blocks showing how they incorporate a deload or unloading week.   If you missed Part I of the series yesterday you can check it out here.  The Deload – Part I USA Weightlifting recommends a 4 week performance cycle that deloads in week 3 prior to a performance week.  This is one of their commonly …