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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[…]

5 Common Traits of Strength Coaches

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My mind is a complete cluster #@%*! That is the first thing you need to know. The second? I’m working on the first 🙂 In all seriousness, this profession is tough. We need to know much more than we’re given credit for knowing. Strength coaches aren’t exactly associated with having the brains, but spend a[…]

Make-A-Wish!

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Hello, all! Just wanted to let you know that the EliteFTS yearly Make-A-Wish Holiday e-book it out! This e-book is a great training resource and benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation. Aside from Santa being real or flying reindeer, what more could you ask for this holiday season? Did I mention that I made it into the e-book?[…]

How to: Program a Yearly Training Plan

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This is the first article in a “how to” series I decided to start. Hopefully I can hammer one out bi-weekly to share with everyone, but I’m not great with hammers ;), so we’ll see what I can do. Maybe I can get some tips from Luigi   In this first installment I will be[…]

Handling Multiple Skill Levels?

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As a strength coach working in the private sector, many sessions are filled with kids of different ages, sports, and skill levels. Sometimes I am working with upwards of 12 athletes by myself and have to figure out a way to manage all of them in a way that they will get the most out[…]

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,[…]

A Weightlifter Consumes a Strength Coach

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What is this sport that I love so much? It’s a circle of obsession, frustration, success, and injury. That is what Weightlifting is to me. What is it to you? You might be wondering just what the hell the title means. As a strength coach, I sometimes find it hard to separate my own training in[…]

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[…]