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
There are a lot of sayings and phrases in this world that are meant to be positive and motivational. In the fitness world, they exist solely to lift your spirits … Continue Reading 10 Fitness Sayings That Need to Go Away
Instagram coaches and fitness marketers have taken to all platforms of social media to tout how easy it is to “get ripped in 21 days” or to be “built like … Continue Reading A Cost-Analysis of “Leanness”
Decades ago, fat was the enemy. “Excess dietary fat makes you fat,” they’d say. Taken at face value this seems like pretty sound logic. These days, obesity is blamed on … Continue Reading Take Your Nutrition Guidelines with a Grain of Salt
While the primary definition of diet refers to how you eat and the foods you put into your body, it has taken on a new meaning. The word “diet” now denotes a … Continue Reading Stop Dieting and Work on Your Nutrition
When you think about fitness TV, one show immediately comes to mind: The Biggest Loser. For those not in the know, it is a reality show competition that allows dangerously … Continue Reading The Good & Bad of Fitness TV
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. … Continue Reading 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 … 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
Those of you who read the articles on this site and talk to me in public might know I have a small distaste for CrossFit. You might be asking why … Continue Reading A Non-CrossFit Coach’s Thoughts on CrossFit
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