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Topic #63: Using Technology in Communications @PsychTypeCarol #CoachesCommunication

Topic #63: Using Technology in Communications @PsychTypeCarol #CoachesCommunication

Added by Chris Morland on June 15, 2017 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Used Equipment

I'm in the market for any used gym equipment that people may be selling. Please reach out to me if you have anything you may be unloading. Thank you

Added by Casey Tiesman on June 14, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments


selling fitness equipment, books, dvd's, cd's way to much to list here. I also have CSCS study material, Essentials of strength Training and Conditioning; Third Addition, practice exams, and Morrison Media-CSCS flash cards, contact me for list at

Added by robert johnson on June 13, 2017 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Topic #62: Coaches & Communication: Clearing up Misunderstandings @PsychTypeCarol #CoachesCommunication

Topic #62: Coaches & Communication: Clearing up Misunderstandings @PsychTypeCarol #CoachesCommunication

Added by Chris Morland on June 8, 2017 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong /Eric Barker

[New Podcast] In this episode of the Coach Your Best podcast I have a fantastic discussion with Eric Barker, author of the new book 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree- The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know…

Added by Jeremy Boone on June 5, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Few Observations

Here are a few observations from the past few years working with athletes and coaches:

1.  At the high school level, a football mentality seems to pervade as the training model for many athletes.

2.  Outside of the notion of Olympic weightlifting, there is a huge lack of diversely experienced and knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches at all levels.

3.  Strength and conditioning coaches should be more proactive about preventing injuries through training rather…


Added by John Mikula on June 5, 2017 at 8:05am — No Comments

Topic #61: Communicating with Peers Part I: Show R-E-S-P-E-C-T #CoachesCommunication

Topic #61: Communicating with Peers Part I: Show R-E-S-P-E-C-T #CoachesCommunication

Added by Chris Morland on June 1, 2017 at 8:01am — No Comments

The Limitations of Specificity

Specificity really has its roots in the area of motor learning.  The Theory of Specificity of Motor Learning suggests that for motor skills to carry over outside of the practice environment, learning and development of the skills must resemble the environment that the motor skills are to be used in outside of the practice environment.  In the exercise realm, this theory has been broadened to include the same concept in…


Added by John Mikula on May 27, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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?…


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…

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…


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…


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.

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.…


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

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