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It May Not Matter What You Train First

Is there a best way to organize an athlete’s training? In other words, should we do plyometrics first because they involve speed and technique? Then, should we follow that with slower strength moves that don’t require the same level of nervous system demands? Or, should we flip that to fatigue the nervous system by doing the slow strength moves first and then requiring it to perform something explosive?   Kobal et al have a really fascinating study that seeks to...

Strength and Conditioning Changes as Athletes Advance

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  Recently I was asked a question via Twitter. The question was about eccentric training with real-world athletes. The question got me thinking about the appropriateness of different tools for different levels of athletes.   When you are looking at athletes, I think athletes broadly fall into two developmental stages with regards to strength and conditioning.  In the first stage, improving strength and conditioning improves athletic abilities and performance.  So, for example, increasing strength has an impact on power expressed on the...

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sprinting

There’s a great deal of focus on speed training and sports these days. Obviously it’s an important factor. Many people (and I was one of them) went to the track and field coaches to learn how to run fast and applied that knowledge to sports training. Over the last few years there’s also been an explosion of “experts” and “research” on this topic.   That said, often we’re trying to reinvent the wheel. I was reminded the other day of...

The “Best” Squat Exercise: A Rant

A few days ago I put a post out on social media about the squat being one of my “must have” exercises in a strength and conditioning program. That brought up a number of questions for me about which type of squat is best. So I thought that would be a great topic for today’s blog to at least share my thoughts on this one.   First, let me get the disclaimer out of the way. I’m not a clinician,...

Hamstring Training Results In Stronger Hamstrings: Is That Enough?

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Hamstring injuries are the bane of sprinting athletes. This is true in almost every sport that requires athletes to sprint. Not only are these injuries disabling, but once you suffer them you are more susceptible to suffering them again. There have been a lot of theories of what causes these injuries; everything from running mechanics, to flexibility, to strength imbalances, to strength levels.   Today the thinking is that it has to due with the eccentric strength of the hamstrings....