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Power, Power, and Power

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Power is, well, a powerful word. Can I say that? Anyway, one of my coworkers brought up a good point about the fact that “power” is used throughout the semantics of weightlifting. I have never really thought about this before; I guess because I understand these semantics from being a part of the sport. Just[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 5 and Week 6, Day 1, 2, and 3

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Wow! I didn’t realize it would be so hard to post once I started up training in the evenings with the Front Range club. This is going to be a bigger post, so don’t go away too soon. My first week-and-a-half has been awesome! It was definitely a good decision because I’ve been hitting all[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 2, Day 4

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This road I’m taking to the 2015 American Open is not an easy one, but I think I’m headed in the right direction. Yesterday was a great day of training. Things seem to be coming together! I clean and jerked 110kg for two singles, which is the most I’ve successfully lifted in over a year.[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 2, Day 2&3

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I may start posting two training days at a time like this to save some time. Plus, it probably saves all of you time as well to read two days in one post. You’re welcome 🙂 My phone is back to working, so I have some HRV scores for you. I am also tracking bar[…]

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Road to the American Open: Week 2, Day 1

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Last week took more out of me than I thought, so today wasn’t a great day. I just got my phone this afternoon, so I didn’t get HRV scores this morning, but I will start them back up tomorrow. I’m also using an app called Sleep Cycle Alarm, which I will start posting scores for[…]

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Road to the American Open: Take 4 & 5

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I’ve had to work a clinic the last couple days, so that is why I’m posting the last two training days of the week. Unfortunately, my phone got screwed and I’m waiting for a replacement, so I wasn’t able to get the HRV recordings for the last few days. Felt fairly good overall for the[…]

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The Basics are Boring…

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…said nobody, ever; or at least they shouldn’t be saying that if they have. The basics are the furthest from boring in my mind. Yes, they are frequently used, but that’s because they work! Major movements like the back squat, deadlift, bench press, strict press (military), clean, and snatch are the foundations of every program. These[…]

Happy, Healthy Father’s Day

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  With Father’s Day coming to a close yesterday, I thought it fitting to write about a very important topic: your parents’ health. Being in the health and fitness profession, I sometimes take my parents’ health for granted. It’s hard to be objective and be ‘real’ with them because they’re my parents and “nothing can[…]

Activation of Lower-Extremity Musculature during Squat Variations; Comparing Front and Back Squats

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Here is the full paper of my Master’s project. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to figure out how to resize the photos I had for the first 4 figures. Also, I couldn’t figure out how to get the graphs on here either. They wouldn’t copy and paste from word, so I apologize for that. But, hey,[…]

Program Components: In-Season Football

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Here are some recommendations I made for a friend who is a head football coach of my old High School. I hope this makes sense and helps you out!   Specific order of exercises/drills on any given training day Dynamic warm-up (include mobility work) Prehab/Rehabilitation Speed/agility development Power development Strength development Energy Systems development Stretching[…]