Road to the 2015 American Open: Take 2

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Today’s training went well. It was a lighter day, overall, compared to yesterday. I’ve written recently about the changes I’ve made that I feel will allow me to progress better than I ever have before. One of the biggest changes was including Joel Jamieson’s BioForce HRV into my training (and the training of my athletes).[…]

Injuries and Identities

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It’s unfortunate that we experience injuries as often as we do in weightlifting. However, that is part of the game, isn’t it? If you’re training hard, inevitably you WILL have tweaks you need to overcome; some small, some large. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule; there are always one or two that have[…]

Weightlifting: What I Miss Most

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Weightlifting was life and training was all I cared about at one point. I would have given anything to get good enough to compete at the National level. The problem? Well, I started too late; I was 21. Then there’s the pesky knee issues that always seemed to be staring me in the face, or waiting[…]

Absorb, Modify, Apply!

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I Know Nothing Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.” There’s a paraphrase from Socrates that states “I know one thing; that I know nothing.” These two statements exemplify exactly how I’m feeling at this point. Especially because I just attended[…]

What Every Strength Coach Should Know: Developing Power

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What’s old becomes new again and everyone thinks they’ve invented some kind of new training technique or method. We see it all the time; a get-rich-quick scheme unravels before our eyes on a commercial, while the veteran strength coach to our right laughs aloud. He states, “we were doing that 20 years ago!” There are[…]

If Superman Were Real…

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I am a superhero junkie like many of my fellow strength coaches. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t like a good superhero movie…or those new Lego sets? Anyway, Superman is one of my favorites (of course) for many obvious reasons. The major reason? His strength and integrity. I believe we can learn a great deal[…]

What You Cannot See

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What CAN Be Seen As coaches we often are working on improving qualities that are quite visible. Athlete X may need more muscle for “good” weight because he plays the line. Athlete Y may need more max AND absolute strength because they’re just too weak for their sport. These are qualities that are easily seen[…]

Keep it Simple!

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The training process can become cumbersome at times if, as a coach, you are constantly trying to digest new information. This is especially the case for how many methods of training there are out there and how many exercises you have at your disposal. There’s so much that can be done, but so little time[…]

5 Ways to Earn Athlete Trust

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Have any of you had problems earning your athlete’s trust? Recently, one of my athlete’s informed me that she had a SAQ and conditioning program that she was doing in addition to her work with me. This was not surprising because she is a great athlete and works hard every day. I asked her to take a deload[…]