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.
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
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?
If there’s one thing that CrossFit, P90-X, and various recent fitness trends have done well, it’s reminding a lot of people that yielding positive results from a fitness program is … Continue Reading Exercise vs. Training: Differences and Considerations
Youth sports have exploded over the last 2o years. With greater accessibility to live streaming sports, kids are getting more exposure to all collegiate sports. Kids are dreaming of college athletics at … Continue Reading 7 Simple Strategies for Building the Complete Youth Athlete
There’s always debate about which has the better training effect: bilateral training or unilateral. In other words, is working with both legs/arms better than working with just one limb at … Continue Reading Bilateral Training vs. Unilateral Training: Which is Better?
In Part 1, we covered the benefits of a well-rounded stretching program in conjunction with a balanced exercise program. In Part 2, we covered the various techniques and their function … Continue Reading Pre- & Post-Exercise Stretching, Part 3: Programming
In Part 1, we took a look at the benefits of stretching before and after exercise and training sessions. Hopefully it motivated some of you to re-examine your own routines … Continue Reading Pre- & Post-Exercise Stretching Part 2: Techniques
There are a good many things related to exercise, fitness, and athletics that pretty much everyone knows to be true at this point. Getting quality rest, enough sleep, and balanced nutrition should … Continue Reading Pre- & Post-Exercise Stretching: Part 1
As the quality of athletics increases through better coaching, an increase in programs and facilities, and widespread access to online content, there has been an increased demand for sport-specific training … Continue Reading General vs. Specific: What is Sport-Specific Training?
Foam rolling has exploded recently as a popular technique for self-myofascial release (SMR). Foam rollers are found everywhere now in gyms, personal training studios, university weight rooms and even at … Continue Reading Foam Rolling: A Brief Guide to Self-Myofascial Release
There are a lot of myths surrounding the “common-sense fact” that young athletes shouldn’t resistance train. Today, we’ll debunk some of those ridiculous myths courtesy of the American College of … Continue Reading 5 Training Myths About Youth Strength Training