Whether you realize it or not, you are always in a constant state of assessment as a lifter or an athlete. You’re always trying to lift more weight, push more … Continue Reading Why You Need to Test
You’ve got your goals nailed down. You picked a training split that works toward those goals and meshes with your work schedule. You added some meat to your program by … Continue Reading Basic Programming, Part 3: Reps & Load Prescription
So yeah, it’s pretty badass to be able to execute a good-looking clean… especially if there’s a little weight on the bar. Likewise, putting up a pretty number on bench … Continue Reading Basic Programming, Part 2: Exercise Selection
Right now someone… somewhere… is opening up a bodybuilding mag in a foolhardy attempt to gain information. The search for information is commendable: when you don’t know what to do, … Continue Reading Basic Programming, Part 1: Training Splits
It’s one of the biggest questions people have when walking up to the dumbbell rack or loading up a bar. “How much weight should I use?” Depending on the type … Continue Reading How Heavy Should I Go?
Check your ego at the door and focus on efficient explosive jumping mechanics.
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 … Continue Reading Perfect This Movement Pattern Before Tackling Heavy Deadlifts
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 … Continue Reading 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 … Continue Reading Plateau Crusher: The Total Body Barbell Complex
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 … Continue Reading 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 … Continue Reading Why Specific Load Prescription Is Unnecessary for Youth Athletes
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 … Continue Reading Jumping for Sports Performance
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that people experiencing any symptoms of back pain shouldn’t deadlift. Arguments for and against are numerous which begs the question: do you even need to deadlift?
Sometimes training can be downright boring. Doing the same thing week after week with only subtle changes to the routine can be mind-numbing. Oftentimes, this boredom can lead to program … Continue Reading The Truth About Boring Training
All else being equal, the stronger, faster athlete will always win. This concept holds true for virtually every level of every team sport… and a few singles sports as well. … Continue Reading Stable Environments Yield the Best Strength Gains
For those not in the “know”, GPP Stands for General Physical Preparedness. The operative word here is “general.” We’ve talked at length about the differences between general & specific programming as … Continue Reading The Best GPP Strength Exercises