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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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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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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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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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Stiffness at the Wrong Time

IN-SEASON TRAINING PRINCIPLES ELIMINATING STIFFNESS – One of the reasons we don’t want to change exercises frequently in-season is due to stiffness. Adding in an unfamiliar exercises during the in-season period results in increased musculo-tendon stiffness. Increased soreness and stiffness can create altered movement patterns. Altered movement patterns may increase joint stress from compensations. Be conscious of exercises that create …

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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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3 Big Mistakes

We all make mistakes starting out in any new endeavor. I made plenty as an entry level GA strength and conditioning coach.  Here are three of my biggest at the time.  I know that there were many more but these quickly come to mind as things I look back on and cringe a little bit. The Cut and Paste One …

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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