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Exercise Order Is Not Set In Stone

In another lifetime, I taught strength and conditioning classes at Texas A&M and at Texas Woman’s Universities. A number of my books were geared to be textbooks for those classes as I wasn’t really happy with the books that were available. I bring this up because this blog is going to be about how textbooks approach a subject versus how coaches should be approaching it. The subject in question is the order of the exercises that our athletes perform.  ...

Foundation and Application of Strength

I often say that strength is the foundation but plyometrics/Olympic lifts/speed/agility represent application.  Strength is a critical ability for sports performance.  To a point, stronger athletes have greater potential to exert force against the ground or against an object (like an opponent or a ball).  Having said that, if the athlete doesn’t learn how to apply that strength then it’s not necessarily helpful.  Remember, athletes don’t train just to train.  Athletes train to improve sports performance. This requires doing several...

We’re Not Training To Train

It’s easy to approach an athlete’s training in a myopic manner, in other words to view the athlete’s training from only our discipline.  When we do this, we do a disservice to the athlete because we fail to take into account the other things that are going on in the athlete’s life.  This is evident when we forget why athletes are performing strength and conditioning, which is to improve their athletic performance.  When we lose sight of that, we develop...