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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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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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Stiffness at the Wrong Time

IN-SEASON TRAINING PRINCIPLES ELIMINATING STIFFNESS – One of the reasons we don’t want to change exercises frequently in-season is due to stiffness. Adding in an unfamiliar exercises during the in-season period results in increased musculo-tendon stiffness. Increased soreness and stiffness can create altered movement patterns. Altered movement patterns may increase joint stress from compensations. Be conscious of exercises that create …

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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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3 Big Mistakes

We all make mistakes starting out in any new endeavor. I made plenty as an entry level GA strength and conditioning coach.  Here are three of my biggest at the time.  I know that there were many more but these quickly come to mind as things I look back on and cringe a little bit. The Cut and Paste One …

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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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ABCA Podcast on Developing Athletes

Strength training for baseball players has certainly evolved over the years and for this week’s podcast, we connect with two of top strength coaches in college baseball in TCU’s Zach Dechant and Coastal Carolina’s Nick White. This episode is packed with tremendous insight as both Dechant and White speak about their growth as strength coaches and detail the specific plans …

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Ahead of the Curve PODCAST

Was really fortunate to receive a call several months ago from a high school coach in the metroplex by the name of Jonathan Gelnar @J_Gelnar7.  He runs a great baseball specific podcast called Ahead of the Curve.   If you haven’t checked it out yet make time to do so as he’s put out a wealth of information from a variety of coaches. Ahead …

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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 …