Your biggest obstacle is you. … More The Fairness of Fitness
For a couple decades now, everyone has come down with a case of “core training” tunnel vision. It’s partly justified — a lot of force travels through the core when producing any movement — but it did go off the rails for awhile. First, it was all about the abs. Recently, it’s become about weird … More Stability or Mobility? Some Spinal Considerations
For some reason, the deadlift is still popularly described as a squat from the floor with the main difference being how the body is loaded: pulling vs. pushing. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You need to perfect one movement before tackling heavy deadlifts.
Olympic weightlifting has proven time and time again to be a major developer of triple extension power necessary for high-velocity sprinting. The trouble with these lifts is that they’re highly technical, involving multiple joints and muscle groups sequencing at varying rates of speed and different times. Additionally, reproducing the complete version of these lifts requires … More Olympic Lifting Variants for Power Development
Plyometric training has been around for awhile. For the last few decades, explosive lower body efforts have been used to elicit improvements in maximal sprinting velocity in amateur and professional athletes. While this type of training is imperative for high velocity sprinting and long term athletic development in youth sports, there are some very important … More Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations
Have you been stuck in a rut for awhile? Maxes not going up? Body fat loss remaining stagnant? Chances are your endurance sucks. Try this total body complex that crushes plateaus, builds muscle, and torches body fat. Here’s how to break the cycle:
Due to the prevalence of the CrossFit games and the increase in accessibility facilities where platforms and bumper plates are kosher, Olympic lifting has surged in popularity in virtually all demographics. People from all walks of life are getting over the bar and learning how to snatch, clean, and jerk. At the end of the day, … More Is Olympic Lifting Right for You?
Overtraining is one of the new hot topics in youth sports. Like concussions, the majority of the panic stems from two issues: the danger it presents to the athlete and the lack of understanding of the subject matter. Unlike concussions, the sports performance professionals have pretty good handle on overtraining and the symptoms aren’t quite as severe … More Player Burnout: Overreaching and Overtraining in Youth Athletics
Periodization of any kind is a model for your programming based on the length of the program, ultimate goal, and prescribed loads. No matter which model you use, the goal is to improve.
In today’s fast-paced world, sometimes more seems better. Because of the online access to videos and tutorials on exercises and drills, this kind of thinking has made its way into strength and conditioning programming. More conditioning, more reps, taller box, more drills, and more plyos. This couldn’t be further from the truth and, while the other excesses … More Jumping for Sports Performance