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February 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Hedlesky's Training Log- 8 days out from the IPF Pro Deadlift Meet at The Arnold Sports Expo


Havent posted anything in a while in regards to training, mostly because I have been getting so strong, I was afraid that I was going to break all the buttons off my keyboard. 8 days out from a huge huge meet. The GNC, IPF Pro Deadlift at The Arnold is going to be on the main stage in the expo center at 4 next Saturday. Come check it out if you are around. I'll come in weighing somewhere in the 265-270lb range. My attempts are going to go 744, 804, something…


Added by Michael Hedlesky on February 26, 2010 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

TRX March for Rotational Stability

Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing with you a video exercise of the week along with key points for proper performance. First on the docket is the TRX March.

I like the TRX March for several reasons:

1. It provides a great demand on rotational stability.

2. Serves as a good step in single leg stance development.

3. Provides a gravity minimized environment for full range hip flexion development.

4. Allows us to work on… Continue

Added by Carson Boddicker on February 25, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Regional Interdependence and the necessity of assessment.

In continuation of yesterday’s post about some of the things that I have picked up over the weekend at Optimum Sports Performance is the idea that the best just don’t miss things. While traditional

orthopedics would tell us that when a joint is hurting, we need to look

directly at that joint, we know that the body is far more complicated

than that. Yes, it hurts, but WHY?

Just because the plantar fascia is not behaving, simple treatment of the foot and even…


Added by Carson Boddicker on February 24, 2010 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Are your scaps working?

A quick post from my website yesterday at

When we do pulling movements we should be thinking about retraction and depression of the scapulae (shoulder blades). Many athletes perform pulling movements incorrectly, compensating with humeral hyperextension. In humeral hyperextension the humerus moves behind the torso with no action coming from the…


Added by Zach Dechant on February 23, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Must Reads that have Nothing to do with Strength

Shortly after the First Annual Boston Hockey Summit in the summer of 2009, I received an email from one of Mike Boyle’s interns and strength and conditioning coach for…


Added by Art Horne on February 20, 2010 at 5:36pm — No Comments

NSPA Certified Personal Training Workshop in Tampa

NSPA is offering a
Certified Personal Trainer Workshop in Tampa taught by Mark Asanovich, former
Jacksonville Jags Strength Coach. Click on the link below for more information.


Added by Dave Durell on February 20, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Direct from the Vancouver Olympics: Day 5


Added by David Harris on February 20, 2010 at 12:03am — No Comments

give me some feed back on the "SQUAT"

ok, so I signed on a couple of high-school girls tennis players 12 weeks ago. and we've been focusing on the 'strength' aspect of training throughout the late fall / early winter (about as much of an off-season as tennis gets). one of the girls is naturally pretty week...skinny...somewhat awkward with her body still, however she is a descent player and has a fair amount of muscle properties (quick, flexible, proprioceptive). she's had a chronic lower back issue for a couple years, along with…


Added by Keith Fine on February 19, 2010 at 12:45am — 3 Comments

Greater Impact On Winning Or Losing

I just finished a focused survey (one question) on which has a greater impact on winning or losing a game in regards to successful athletic performance.

Would love to get the opinion of those on this site as well!

Click Here To Submit What You Think

Thanks and I will post the results in the next few days!

Added by Jeremy Boone on February 17, 2010 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

2+2 Training

Athletic performance is a complicated beast. Without question each sport and individual position has different demands and requires a different level of preparedness and combination of the biomotor

abilities. In training and coaching for optimal performance, it is

important to realize that the best outcomes result from more than just

stimulus and adaptation, contrary to what you may believe.

While applying a stimulus and allowing for adaptation are critical…


Added by Carson Boddicker on February 17, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Should You Stick to the Recipe?

Michael Boyle

Anyone who knows me knows how much I like analogies. One area that continues to frustrate me is talking to trainers about programming. Often the conversation goes something like this, “I use a little of your stuff, a little of Mark Verstegen’s stuff and mix in a little of …”. In trying to describe how this works or potentially doesn’t work I’ve decided that a food analogy may be the best route. Some… Continue

Added by Michael on February 16, 2010 at 9:05am — No Comments

Direct from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics…..

By Scott Damman, Myotest, Inc.…


Added by David Harris on February 16, 2010 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Seeing the World Through the Hole in a 45 Pound Plate

It was first described to me during the summer of 2005 when I visited my good friend Mike Potenza, who was working at the time as the S&C…


Added by Art Horne on February 14, 2010 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

What you may not know about the pushup!!!

This post originally appeared on my blog about a month ago. I get a lot of feedback on it, so I thought I would throw it on here as well. You can find more at Thanks. Hope you enjoy.
The pushup is quite easily one of the…

Added by Zach Dechant on February 13, 2010 at 11:48am — 4 Comments


I post training info almost everyday for coaches, athletes, and parents @ Feel free to check it out! Thanks.

Added by Zach Dechant on February 13, 2010 at 11:38am — No Comments

When soreness is a good thing...

In the sporting world, soreness is a given at one point or another.

This soreness can be from an increase in training load or even the

precursor to an injury that demands attention before the wheels fall

off and training time is missed.

Lately, I’ve been doing a fair shake of work with an athlete returning to high performance, and yesterday,

she mentioned that she had become sore and fatigued in areas that she

had not been in a while. As she continued to… Continue

Added by Carson Boddicker on February 12, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Lone Survivor

It’s been a long time since I have been consumed by a book. I usually have three or four going at once. Lone Survivor was a notable exception. I started on my way to LA on a Friday and was done on the following Thursday. I stayed up one night until after 11 reading which is very unlike me.

As the title indicates Lone Survivor is the story of Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of Navy Seal team wiped out in Afghanistan. I can simply say buy the book. I have actually purchased three… Continue

Added by Michael on February 11, 2010 at 2:17pm — No Comments

A Day in the Life

The following was first printed as an article at and is also included in my new book Advances in Functional Training.

I often get asked, “How do you get so much done with your business, coaching, writing, speaking etc”.

I usually try to give a humble answer and mumble something about hard work etc.

The truth is there is a method to the madness and I’d like to share some of the things that have… Continue

Added by Michael on February 9, 2010 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Complete Development: Run faster for strong, healthy hips

Distance runners are an interesting group. I know no other group of athletes who are more willing to train for hours on end for improvements as small as a fraction of a second. Many are so dedicated

to the sport of running, their entire training volume consists of

running long miles with a few weekly sessions of higher intensity

running over distances of 400 meters to several miles. While this does

wonders for the energy systems required to run fast and turn left,…


Added by Carson Boddicker on February 9, 2010 at 12:19pm — 3 Comments

NSCA Bulletin Version 32.02 (February 2010)

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 32.02, concerning the month of February 2010. Among other topics, new in this bulletin you will find:

Japanese Documentary Film Crew Visits NSCA

-Strength Coach Empowerment Luncheon

-SSTC 2010 Wrap-Up

-Certification News

-NSCA Journals Online

To view and/or download the document… Continue

Added by David Harris on February 4, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

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