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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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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 …

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The Details Matter

Programming any energy system work has to be built around these 4 basic parameters. Without details on each parameter coaches have no idea what training adaption they’re creating. – As an example we can have the exact same training session with exception to one small detail being the rest interval. – Rest intervals are so vital to determining what adaptation …

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Not All Strength is Created Equal

Increasing strength initially has a large effect on the transfer to speed of movement. After that continually developing more often has no effect. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and we have to decide at what point more strength is not worth h the energy applied to it. – As athletes advance the time allowed for force application becomes …

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Less is More???

I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes applying to the sports training process.  It comes from Thomas Kurz and his book the Science of Sports Training.  “Training is efficient if the highest sports result is achieved with the least expense of time and energy.” I think this is one of the most important concepts that any coach, strength …

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Program Movement Not Muscles

Athletes are in the business of efficient movement, and the best are incredible at controlling their body. Coordinated movement doesn’t come from something as simple as purely building muscle size. Muscles mean little individually without the ability to synchronize movement in the appropriate skill. Athletes that can move well aren’t always the most muscular and the most muscular guys don’t …

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Maxing without Maxing Part III

A question that has come across my desk a lot recently is how to calculate training weights without ever maxing an athlete. Or coaches ask how to monitor progress if max days are never a part of the program. For coaches that have already read my thoughts on max days in the former posts Where Have all the Max Days Gone  and Get It …

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Autoregulation: The Pros and Cons When Training Athletes

Autoregulating training is a hot topic these days for coaches and athletes.  However, every situation presents itself differently.  At the heart of autoregulation these factors must be considered. Communication Trust Athlete’s Training Age Goals This article was written for simplifaster.com Autoregulation: The Pros and Cons When Training Athletes

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Weight Room Culture of ONE

One question I get more than any is how we build the culture in our program on the strength and conditioning side.  The first thing needing addressed is that the culture of a program isn’t a separate entity in each area on and off the field.  Its an umbrella under which the entirety of the organization operates.  There shouldn’t be a disconnect between the weight …