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Why Coaching Foreign Athletes Will Make You a Better Coach

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This week we have a group of strength professionals (strength coaches, personal trainers, and students) from NSCA Japan visiting us to take part in a mentorship program. As part of this program, myself and other staff members present to them in the classroom and weightroom. Many of them hardly speak any English, so they have[…]

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What I Would Tell My High School Self

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As we all do, I sometimes wonder would I would do differently if I could travel into the past when I was still in high school. What would I tell myself if I had a conversation with the younger Doug? Well, here are some of the things I decided I would say… Work Harder at[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Game Day, Take 1

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I competed at the 2015 Rocky Mountain State Games Weightlifting meet on Saturday in hopes of qualifying for the American Open only to fall a little short. However, I will say that I am not that disappointed because, as I mentioned in my previous post, my last few weeks of training had been riddled with[…]

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What are You Really Training?

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When we train we adapt specifically to that training demand; sound familiar? Yes, that’s right! The S.A.I.D. principle; Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands. Now, most of the time I think of parameters like load (intensity) and repetitions (volume), or the combination of both (volume load), which is ultimately what the body “feels.” Volume load is[…]

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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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4 Ways to Elevate YOUR Level

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I think sometimes we often get focused on how we need to get better because we want to be better than so-and-so coach across the way. I know that I used to be this way awhile back. While it’s a good intention to want to become better, I think that intention comes out of a[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 3 & 4

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I spoke with my new coach, Paul, on Thursday and he decided to start my program tomorrow, so I went off the cuff for the last two training days of week 4. My BioForce HRV was on the fritz so I missed one of the days. One thing Paul has already noticed is that my[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 1&2

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I’ve returned from my work trip/vacation in Orlando. Sounds rough, right? Well, it was for my training. I had to train at a Gold’s gym while I was there…and that was rough. It’s been awhile since I’ve trained where people have no clue what they’re doing and still get training tips out of magazines. I’m[…]

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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 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[…]