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Creating Counter Measures

NASA goes to great lengths to develop the physical-fitness of astronauts. As part of this program, astronauts go through exercise counter-measures training to help deal with the effects of being in space, specifically dealing with micro-gravity. Exercise is used in this capacity prior to a space-mission and for a lengthy period after to help the astronaut recovery from space-stress.



So, why don't we have a similar mindset to developing athletes? For sure, we're full onboard with the… Continue

Added by John Mikula on May 19, 2017 at 8:07am — No Comments

Base Camp

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think for most competitive athletes and certainly most tactical warriors base fitness is a necessity. Yet, base fitness and programs that emphasize this aspect of strength and conditioning get little air-play. Just talking about base-fitness doesn't sound glamorous, does it?



However, a base level of physical strength and endurance should underlie just about every strength and conditioning program. It's what we should build on and return to, no different… Continue

Added by John Mikula on May 17, 2017 at 7:51am — No Comments

Right Effort, Wrong Direction

Think about this, I could put in my blood, sweat, and tears in my training as an athlete, but if the effort is headed in the wrong direction, it is somewhat of a futile effort.  I think it's too easy as a strength and conditioning coach to focus on variables rather than the endgame of the athlete (right direction). 

What is the training endgame of the athlete?  To potentially better produce during competition, right.  Now, I'm…

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Added by John Mikula on May 1, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Two Brain Training Myths of Athletic Performance

As strength & conditioning coaches we all focus on developing physical qualities such as speed, strength, power, agility, balance, and coordination....but what if we are missing a critical component to our athlete's…

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Added by Jeremy Boone on May 1, 2017 at 8:33am — No Comments

History of S&C in Professional Baseball

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Added by Gene Coleman on April 27, 2017 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Physical Fitness

Wikipedia defines physical fitness as a measure of the human body's ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.

I like this definition of physical fitness.  It describes what we're trying to achieve in many situations by employing strength training and conditioning activities.  I'll say…

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Added by John Mikula on April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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

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