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The Need For An Analysis

Blog contribution is written by current Coach with TCU Sports Performance, Andrew Behnam. There are many factors that make up the intricacies of a strength and speed program for a specific sport. What you see on paper is a neatly designed regimen with strategically placed exercises ready for a team of athletes to attack it with relentless intent. What you …

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Top 10 Takeaways From my Internship Experience at TCU

By Tommy Hansen Navigating the internship process can be a difficult task for any young coach. The idea of moving halfway across the country to volunteer your time with the hope that it leads to your dream job can be a little stressful to say the least. This is why it’s extremely important to do your research on what internship …

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Resisted Sprint Training – Creating Profiles

by Coach Andrew Behnam This week in our interns’ curriculum, speed development is the topic they are studying; particularly speed development involving sleds. We make sure to place an emphasis on speed with our guys because when all else is equal, the faster team wins. Because training for speed is such an important topic, I wanted to hop on here …

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Regressing the Hinge – Part II

In the first part of this series, I discussed the basic pattern of the hinge movement, how to teach it, and common mistakes I see when coaching it. In part 2 of this series, I am going to discuss regressions to the hinge pattern. Not everyone in the room is going to understand how to properly hinge on the first …

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What is Vertical Integration

Vertical integration is a training system popularized by Charlie Francis. It is nothing more a way of blending together training components throughout the training plan. The key concept is that a training component never gets removed. It only gets de-emphasized. A thread of that quality always remains in the program. The reason this becomes necessary for team sport athletes is …

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The Hinge Series – Part I

Post contribution on the hip hinge is from current Coach with TCU Sports Performance Andrew Behnam. Parts II and III will follow in the coming weeks. The hinge is one of the most important movements in the weight room. Student-athletes must know how to properly perform the movement and coaches (if you are one) must know how to coach it. …

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Battling Youth Sport Specialization

There are arguments daily on social media about sport specialization with our youth athletes.  I wholeheartedly believe in letting kids play many sports but let’s look at both sides. It’s really a discussion of the chicken vs. the egg.  On one hand the best athletes genetically will have the best opportunities to play multiple sports.  If you’re a really good …

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Should You Be Training to Failure?!?

It’s common in developing athletes to think that training to failure is the best way to make gains in the weight room.  A study done by Moran-Navarro in the European Journal of Applied Physiology compared the time course of recovery following resistance training programs that didn’t and did lead to failure. The study displayed interesting findings on the ability to …

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Pitching “ENDURANCE” is skill specific

Many coaches want to believe that running is vital in the ability to pitch deeper into games.  After all, the ability to go 6 or 7 innings has to require greater endurance than only going 4 or 5 innings. So logically what do we do to build endurance??? We run! While that may help general endurance, that doesn’t necessarily transfer …

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The Residual Training Effect

Residual training effects are a big topic currently in the age of the COVID-19.  Coaches and athletes alike are talking about how long we can retain the gains that we’re made previous to the shutdown.  The residual training effect is just that…how long athletes keep traces of previous training.  It was heavily documented by Vladamir Issurin in his form of …