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You Don’t Need To Do Everything At Once

As a coach, it’s difficult sometimes to understand that you cannot do everything that you want to with your athletes. There’s never enough time in the day. Good coaches eventually learn to determine what is most important and then prioritize it in training.   This is especially true in the strength and conditioning field. There are so many exercises, tools, and schools of thought that it is difficult to determine what is most important and to prioritize it. For example,...

Power Training: Critical But Keep It In Perspective

For me, power is about the ability to express force quickly. I understand there are better definitions out there, but this is how I explain it to my athletes. Sometimes the purpose of a textbook writer is to classify things in new ways so that you purchase their book. If you consider power in light of that definition, then it is critical to the success of just about every type of athlete.   There are a lot of great gadgets...

Time Only Goes One Way: Age and Performance

As we get older, a number of us use the rationalization of “I still work out, so that won’t happen to me!”   You see this when it comes to age-related declines in strength, muscle mass, and measures of performance. The challenge with this is that there are very few studies that examine this, for obvious reasons this is difficult to study. In the past there have been studies that looked at master’s athletes and found an inevitable age-related decline in...

Keeping Training Simple: A Rant

I want to thank Twitter for helping me come up with this post.  Recently I tweeted something to the effect that squats, pulls, presses, rows, and the Olympic lifts are pretty much all you need for an effective athletic strength and conditioning workout.  Think about it, every muscle of the body is trained.  The skeleton and joints are loaded.  Muscles are being built.  The athlete is becoming a lot stronger and is learning how to apply that strength. No coach...

Sport Science and Elite Performance

I have been sitting on this article for a while. Greg Wilson, the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, wrote an editorial in the March 2013 journal essentially asking if 40 years of sport science is having an impact on sports performance. The author collected data on several track and field events from 1970 to 2012 (100 meter, 400 meter, 10,000 meter, high jump, long jump, and shot put for both men and women) as...