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Athletes and Injury Counseling

Well, last week marked another week with a trend that I'd care not to see.  Another week talking with athletes, former athletes, and others who are getting injured while training.  It really perplexes me to the point that I just don't get it.  I mean if an athlete is getting hurt while training, then why shift the blame to the athlete?  At some point, a prudent coach has to take a look at her or himself and query maybe its something I'm doing?…

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Added by John Mikula on April 23, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

What if the Evidence is Flawed?

There is a stampede toward evidence based practice in medicine and sport science, but as I take a step back and look at this I have some very profound concerns. The biggest concern is what if the evidence is flawed? I encourage you to read this article (John P. A. Ioannidis Why Most Published Research Findings Are False…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on April 21, 2017 at 8:08am — No Comments

7 Advantages of Total Body Splits

7 Advantages of Total Body Splits

Total body training days have their advantages and disadvantages as do every program any athlete has ever done.  Many coaches will tell you the best program is the one you’re not on right now.  There is always a time and place for a variety of programs a coach may design in an athlete’s long term development. One of the more common constructs of training we see are the 4-Day Upper / Lower…

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Added by Zach Dechant on April 19, 2017 at 11:53am — No Comments

Greatest Coach You Have Never Heard Of

You know John Wooden, you know Geno Auriemma at UConn or the late Pat Summit but how about Jim Steen? While the coach at Kenyon College the men’s team won twenty­-nine consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III championship titles while the women’s teams won twenty­-one.  That record of fifty titles surpasses those of any other coaches in any NCAA sport. I had the privilege of working…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on April 17, 2017 at 7:56am — No Comments

Working Backwards

Steve Jobs had a saying something to the effect that before you develop the technology, you need to understand the customer experience and work backward from there.



https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/start-customer-experience-work-backwards-steve-jobs-gary-stockton



Strength and conditioning coaches could learn from this. Instead of just developing pathways to develop… Continue

Added by John Mikula on April 17, 2017 at 7:48am — No Comments

Mental Toughness?

I abhor the term “mental toughness” and all the implications and baggage that comes with it. It is not part of my coaching vocabulary or practice. I want to help my athletes be mentally strong and understand why they are doing what they are doing. There are tough workouts and there are easy workouts all directed toward one goal: Preparing a robust adaptable athlete who is ready to thrive in the competitive arena.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on April 12, 2017 at 7:56am — No Comments

Implementing Ipad's into Weight Room

Hello fellow colleagues, 

I am in the process of implementing Ipads into our weight room and using them for each lift Utilizing Teambuildr. Since I am not really familiar with the tech world I was wondering if y'all could help with a few questions/suggestions.

1. What size/model is best for this scenario? (I will run max of 4 athletes)

2. Mounting the Ipad: Should I, did you, mount it on the rack or use a stand? (I have limited space leaning more towards…

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Added by Everett "Lee" Scott Jr. on April 7, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Performance Happens at the Team Level

SPECIAL EDITION podcast 'Why Performance Happens at a Team Level'

In this Coach Your Best Podcast episode I discuss all things leadership, culture, team building, optimal learning, and more with Dr. Ed Hoffman, Former Chief Knowledge Officer NASA…

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Added by Jeremy Boone on April 2, 2017 at 8:39am — No Comments

Physiology and American Football

I love to ponder stuff.  I love to read research.  And, I love to read differing opinions of strength and conditioning.  I really look forward to having my thinking challenged.  I wasn't always this way, though.  There was a time that any challenge to my thinking made me bristle with antagonism, but over the years this has changed.  I think for the better.  I don't have all of the answers, actually probably very few, but I'm willing to keep trying to ask better…

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Added by John Mikula on March 31, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This is what you should know if things go wrong in the gym

Gym enthusiasts, while pursuing their goals to get fit, often seem to forget how serious the consequences can be if they’re negligent and exercise more than they’re capable of. We all want to see the results of our workout as soon as possible, but this doesn’t mean that we should…

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Added by Gabriella Diesendorf on March 28, 2017 at 4:38am — No Comments

The Nordic Hamstring Curl

One exercise that I'm going to go on record at this point as saying has potential to be more harmful…

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Added by John Mikula on March 27, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How to Properly Get Back to Working out

Just as it is difficult to build your entire lifestyle and include a challenging, ever-changing workout to make things interesting, it is painfully simple to break a single habit that can affect your health and deprive you of those priceless hours at the gym, lifting heavy stuff. And once you’ve stopped training, muscle memory alone won’t be enough to get you back on track.

As Allen Saunders cleverly puts it: “Life is what…

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Added by Gabriella Diesendorf on March 27, 2017 at 8:16am — No Comments

Training Session Analysis

I feel that it is absolutely vital to ponder, quantify, qualify, and examine strength and conditioning training as it is being facilitated.  This means more than just writing on a dry erase board, Power Cleans, 3 x 6 at 85% 1 RM.  Training has to be more than just lifting a weight. …

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Added by John Mikula on March 26, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

A Matter of Competency

One of the current problems facing the strength and conditioning profession (if we can term it that), is competency.  One definition that Webster uses to define competent is "having the ability to be legally qualified."  Right here, we should stop and ponder…

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Added by John Mikula on March 25, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Sport Yoga: Yoga For Athletes

Today I want to talk about what Sport Yoga is by starting with what it isn't. It's not your typical yoga. There are no inversions. We don't do down dog. We don't end with shavasana. We don't settle deep into the muscle or the joint. It's not about never having "tweeks" but about being able to absorb them and move on!



Sport Yoga is about the muscles being able to adapt to change quickly and efficiently. It's about filling all the "air…

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Added by Patricia Akins, CSCS on March 24, 2017 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Hutto HS ISO Super Cat or Bear Squat Machine

Hutto HS in Hutto Texas is searching for Super Cat or Bear Squat Machine. If you know of one for sale in the state please let me know at jason.halliburton@huttoisd.net.

Added by Jason Halliburton - CSCS, RSCC on March 24, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Strength Coach & The Way of the Dinosaur

This piece is a must read for all those interested in coaching athletes. thttp://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/the-unregulated-world-of-strength-coaches-and-college-footballs-killing-season/ Let me preface this post by stating that this is not an impulsive post in reaction to this article. (More extensive discussion of this will be on tomorrows GAINcast, to down load and listen go…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 22, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Doping Primer

Anyone who knows me or has regularly read this blog or followed me on social media knows that I am vehemently anti-drug. So, it may seem strange to have a post on a primer for drug use and how to beat the system but I think this will give you context for looking at the issue. This is what I have seen up close and personal in my 48 years of coaching how athletes and coaches beat the system.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 19, 2017 at 11:12am — No Comments

Make Meaning

Helping to prepare athletes for competition is really about making meaning rather than making athletes. Wait a minute, what do you mean by that, you might be asking? Making meaning is all about foster change, growth, development, and refinement.

So, how do I try and make meaning in those I work with? I think a lot of this starts with a good coaching mindset. What's my purpose? To help foster athletic development. How can I go about doing this? Try and employ a set of best practices for… Continue

Added by John Mikula on March 17, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

Training Structure

Hey, I've been accused of being an egg-head on many occasions and I'm ok with it. To me training is like one big research project that will never be finished. I train, myself, at least 5 days a week at about 0500. I really love the early morning hours. Another exercise physiologist trains with me a few days a week, another day I'm by myself in my lab training, and then a couple of days a week I employ tactical swimming. For me it works and gives me an opportunity to see training through a… Continue

Added by John Mikula on March 16, 2017 at 8:32am — No Comments

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