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Prioritize For Program Success

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Prioritize for Program Success   Today a strength and conditioning coach has way to many things that they have to develop. The internet and equipment companies don’t make this any easier because both things muddy the waters and distort what our athletes need. Today a strength and conditioning coach is expected to increase strength, improve power, develop speed and agility, work on core strength/endurance, develop mobility, increase muscle size (if necessary), educate athletes on nutrition, warm the athlete up for...

Speed Training: You Don’t Need Frills

Speed is critical to sports performance. One of the side effects of the systematic incorporation of strength and conditioning into sports is that athletes are becoming bigger, stronger and they are a lot faster than they used to be. This means that if we have prospective athletes, speed training is something they are going to have to incorporate into their programs. Nowadays, lifting weights and practicing the sport are not enough!   In a previous post ( http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/10/speed-running-fast-is-a-skill/ ), we...

Medicine Balls: Versatile Tools For Athletic Performance

The medicine ball is a great tool for the strength and conditioning of athletes. It’s extremely versatile, can be used almost anywhere, provides a great deal of variety to an athlete, and can be used to train almost all of the muscles of the body. This article is going to show you how it can be used to develop power, conditioning, and even sport skills.   Power Because medicine balls come in a variety of weights, they are ideal for...

Training Should Improve Performance

Strength and conditioning is widely used in the preparation of athletes for their sport. As you can image, a lot of it is subject to the background of the coach. For example, years ago I competed in Olympic lifting. As a result, the programs for my athletes looked a lot like an Olympic lifter’s program. People with powerlifting backgrounds tend to develop programs that are heavily oriented towards powerlifting, Cross-fitters develop programs oriented towards Cross Fit, etc. Here’s the fly...