Pull-ups, or Chin-ups

I read this article a while back in the NSCA Journal and forgot about it until I saw a post by Mike Reinold earlier this week.  Surface Electromyographic Activation Patterns and Elbow Joint Motion During a Pull-Up, Chin-Up, or Perfect-Pullup™ Rotational Exercise If you haven’t read the article its pretty evident that it compares muscle activation during the three variations of a pull-up.  …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part III

My favorite presentation on the weekend was by Coach Tom Myslinski from the University of Memphis.  His presentation was Comparing and Contrasting the American Collegiate and Professional Football Player.  Tom admitted afterward that the wrong presentation had been loaded so in essence he had to freestyle for the hour he was up there.  I truly thought the best part of …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part II

Two others in the presentation I talked about yesterday were extremely valuable as well.  The third topic was done on Sickle Cell Anemia.  Many times athletes who go down with sickling are often treated for heat stroke.  Athletes who collapse due to SCA usually have a core temperature under 102 deg. F, and can often collapse after being on the …

NSCA Sport Specific Conference – Part I

Last week I attended the NSCA Sport Specific Conference in Addison, Texas.  I thought it was a well put on event with a few good presentations and some great opportunities to talk with old friends and do a little networking.  I personally found one of the most informative presentations to be Preventing Sudden Death in Sport: Considerations for the Strength and …

December 2010 – January 2011

It’s been an interesting few months here at TCU.  I’ve been super busy lately and have to apologize to for not posting recently.  I do appreciate the emails that I’ve received about the blog as well as other things recently.  This past month or so has been a little bit of a whirlwind.   At the end of Thanksgiving I moved down …

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been another busy busy week and posts have been few and far between so I apologize for that.  I’m in the process of moving, which I hate possibly more than anything else.  Earlier in the week I had a post to get out but my internet was down so it hasn’t come to fruition yet.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2jpyq9rEM] Our baseball off-season …

The Superdog

Recently, I found a video from Nick Tumminello that puts a new twist on the birddog.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p0nizbm1SI] This is a great glute activation exercise.  Like we talked about before the whole concept of the birddog is to stabilize the spine while the joints around it are mobilized.  By placing flexing the opposite hip you put the pelvis into posterior tilt eliminating lumbar …

Twinkie Diet

I heard an interesting story the other nite on the news about a professor losing weight on the Twinkie diet.    Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds Matt Haub, a nutrition professor at Kansas State, got the majority of his calories from Twinkies, and snacks for 10 weeks.  He counted calories during the entire process to make sure he …

Beware of the BCS

There’s a couple of good reads that I wanted to point out this week.  One of them is over at EliteFTS.com and an interview with East Carolina Strength Coach Mike Golden.  Q&A with Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Golden By far the best article I read this week was in Sports Illustrated titled “Does it Matter” by Austin Murphy and …

How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach

A friend of mine, Jim Kielbaso, posted a great article at his website www.UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com.  The article touches on being a strength coach at various levels as well as how to get into the field of strength and conditioning.  It’s extremely informative and insightful especially for those younger coaches who are in the process of making career choices, or still trying …