Recent Interview on Coaching

I was recently asked to do an interview for a class in the Exercise Science department so I thought I would share that here as well.  1) What is your coaching philosophy? I believe in training an athlete to be specific to their sport, by looking at movement patterns, energy systems requirements, necessary motor skills, etc.  Within that I have …

Activation Circuit

Ya, it’s been a while since my last post.  Life has been super busy lately.  Between fall ball officially ending and our true off-season training for baseball starting up, attending the ALDS, and World Series, as well as a few articles that you’ll see in the coming months, October was busy.  So with that behind me I can hopefully get …

Deload – Part II

I thought I’d list out a few commonly used 4 week blocks showing how they incorporate a deload or unloading week.   If you missed Part I of the series yesterday you can check it out here.  The Deload – Part I USA Weightlifting recommends a 4 week performance cycle that deloads in week 3 prior to a performance week.  This is one of their commonly …

The Deload – Part I

It is the last week of fall practice for the baseball team and consequently this is a deload week for us at the same time.  We will begin our main off-season training program next week.  It’s my favorite time of the year for obvious reasons.  With it being a deload I thought I’d share a few comments on the stresses of …

Breakout Assessments

Zach, Good stuff here. About to read part two, but my question for you is whether you now perform breakout assessments (Joint ROM testing, muscle strength, etc) as part of your typical evaluation? This is troubling for me in terms of assessment because we only look at these things currently if we see a problem in the FMS with our …

Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a topic that I’ve wanted to jump into for a while now but just haven’t had the time.  Six weeks ago I began using an HRV monitor from http://www.myithlete.com/.  The monitor plugs into an iPhone or iPod and utilizes a heart rate monitor chest strap.  All that’s required is 55 seconds of breathing and out pops …

Creating Templates

A problem that seems to always stump our intern classes is the ability to put training sessions into an organized manner.  With this topic I’m referring to weekly microcycle organization.  I always emphasize putting weekly training sessions into templates.  And I’m not talking about Microsoft Excel here either.  I’m talking about the organization and placement of exercises, and movements within …

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Humeral Retroversion – Part V

Our shoulder series continues with Part V today with a little bit about humeral retroversion in the overhead athlete.  If you missed the previous sections you can find them below. Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist PART I Shoulder Series and the Sleeper – Part II External Impingement – PART III Internal Impingement of the Shoulder – PART IV Throwing athletes almost always …

Good Rant from a Reader – The Biggest Loser Cont.

It’s been a busy couple of days.  I’m finishing a couple different blogs on the continuation of the shoulder series asa well as one on why everybody thinks they’re a better strength coach than you.  In the meantime here is a great repsonse I got from a reader on the post last week about the Biggest Loser.  New Old Posts The Biggest Loser!!! It’s …

Tomorrow will begin a new 3 week training block for baseball.  We are starting into Week 7 of the Fall Off-Season.  During the next two 3 week blocks we will begin implementation of our resisted speed program.  The effects of resisted sled-pulling sprint training on acceleration and maximum speed performance Effects of Resisted Sled Towing on Sprint Kinematics I’m a …