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Dave McDowell
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Name of School, Team or Business, Sports Specific Training, Softball Ontario
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Lead Sports Performance Coach

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Using Mini-Bands

As a strength and conditioning coach your toolbox has to be large. That is to say that the amount of different training methods, equipment, and techniques that you use, needs to be varied so you may adapt to any situation. With this in mind I have found myself programming Mini Band exercises lately as a method of improving knee stability, and squat patterning. I have found that these Fitness Loops work very well in grooving the patterns and…


Posted on November 6, 2015 at 2:29pm


With the popularization of high intensity training, Crossfit, and other intense training methods, the idea of training to failure has become increasingly more popular. The idea of working so hard that you cannot possibly complete another rep is seen as an important part of training. However is this necessary in athletic training when we are after strength and size gains?

Some athletes and…


Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Squat!

I often hear that the squat is the king of exercises. While I believe that exercises are tools and should be used for the right situation, let me just say that I think there are a lot of situations that can benefit from a good ole squat. I constantly find myself reaching into my tool box and pulling out the squat as my exercise of choice. However, when done incorrectly the squat can be dangerous because of the high loads used. So with that in mind…


Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:26am

What is Cluster Training?

                Perhaps the most important factor in developing a long term training program is that it is designed to introduce appropriate training variables, in a systematic/logical order, so as to stimulate the improvement of specific…


Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

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At 10:05am on June 10, 2014, Ron McKeefery said…

Welcome!  SPN is a phenomenal resource for strength and conditioning coaches. David Harris and his team truly provide this resource to help better our profession. 


I am excited to connect.  Like SPN, my goal is to help make this profession better.  Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you or your athletes. 


In addition to SPN, you can connect with me on my website or any of the social media sites:



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Lastly, I have a couple of resources available for strength coaches you might be interested in:


Iron Game Chalk Talk – weekly podcast interviewing leaders in the Strength and Conditioning Community. 


Strength On Demand – is an online archive of strength and conditioning clinic presentations.


Strength Coach Basic Training – is an online internship program. 


I would encourage you to reach out to David and his team and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.  Look forward to staying in touch. 


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