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February 2011 Blog Posts (42)

Oregon State's Paea Sets NFL Combine Bench-Press Record

Oregon State's Stephen Paea set a bench-press record at the 2011 NFL Combine.  SportingNews.com reports:

 

While the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine were being tested for their agility and quickness on the field, Oregon State defensive tackle prospect Stephen Paea stole the show in the weight…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

15 Years Ago and 20 Plus Years Ahead

15 years today was my last day as Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox in MLB. I started in August 1987. The previous two years I worked for Al Vemeil who had a contract to provide the conditioning for the White Sox and the Bulls, so I split my time between the two sports. When I started fulltime for the White Sox I had a leg up because I seen from inside what needed to be done. In essence I had two years of… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on February 28, 2011 at 7:20am — No Comments

It’s That Time of Year – Making Number Lie!

The NFL Combine is going on now. I have mixed feeling about this spectacle. Most of them border on deep cynicism and skepticism. This event has now taken on a life of it’s own, it is another part of the “roman circus” spectacle of the NFL. It is just a marketing event. I was channel surfing last night and came upon the NFL network coverage of the combine. A scout was showing the players the start of the Forty, explaining…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on February 27, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments

Something To Think About As You Get Them Strong.

Something To Think About As You Get Them Strong.

A muscle biopsy is a procedure used to remove and examine a piece of tissue microscopically.

Athletes all over the nation that play fall sports in high schools and colleges are involved in winter strength and conditioning programs.

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If you were to do a muscle biopsy on a single fiber of these athletes prior to training and then did the same biopsy post training you will find something very…

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Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on February 26, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

2011 NFL Combine Measurable Drills

Ever wonder what drills athletes participate in at the NFL Combine?  Here's a good summary posted by NFL Network:

 

WHAT GOES ON AT THE COMBINE

Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 26, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Training the morbidly obese?

what would be an effective way of training the morbidly obese, if they are too large for anytype of cardio equipment and have knee and ankle problems so, walking for prolonged periods of time is out of the question... ( 30 minutes of arm circles)

Added by Floyd Headen on February 25, 2011 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

SPN Releases List of Events it Plans to Showcase at the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival

Strength Performance Network (SPN) will be broadcasting LIVE at The 2011 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio from March 3rd through March 6th.

 

From the Strength Training Summit, Strongman Classic, CrossFit Games, Fitness…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 25, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Practice

Practice, you better do it. You can debate whether practice makes perfect or makes permanent. It does both depending on the person’s stage of development, maturity, degree of physical competence and emotional control. The fact of the matter you must practice to get better. Last week I heard an interview on NPR with Jeff Beck, one of the greatest guitar players in the world. He is obviously an accomplished musician who has been playing the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on February 25, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

The Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule) Applied to Coaching

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The Pareto principle states that 20% of the input creates 80% of the result. I would not get too hung up on the numbers as absolute, the key here is the concept. Everything is not weighted equally. You do not do a unit of work…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on February 24, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

Little Bits and Pieces

It is a given you will do the big things, the speed development, the foundation strength work, the specific endurance and the technique work. Those are the things that take thirty to forty minutes to do. But there is more. It is the little things, the remedial exercises, and the special individual modules that athletes need. You must address those. To accomplish this, think bite sized chunks. Construct modules that will accomplish what needs to be done in ten minutes. For example once in a pro… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on February 23, 2011 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

Strength Performance Network will be Broadcasting LIVE from the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival

Strength Performance Network (SPN) will be broadcasting LIVE at The 2011 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio from March 3rd through March 6th.

 

From the Strength Training Summit, Strongman Classic, CrossFit Games,…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 23, 2011 at 12:27am — No Comments

No Facilities, No Problem!

You don’t have a weight room – So what? Does that mean you don’t strength training? No way. Facilities can be a crutch, use what you have to make your athletes better. Over the years I have worked in situations where I have had excellent facilities and other situations where there were none. In both cases the quality of the training was the same. I have never based training on facilities or equipment; my approach from the… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on February 22, 2011 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

Packers Strength Coach Redding Retires

Green Bay Packers' assistant strength and conditioning coach Dave Redding is retiring.  Strength Performance Network came across the following release from Pro Football Weekly:

 

The Packers have announced the retirement of assistant strength and conditioning coach Dave Redding, who coached for 24…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 22, 2011 at 12:03am — No Comments

In-season Training – Applications

I will cover some do’s and don’ts gathered from my experience. Lets start with the obvious; you must work closely with the sport coach. As athletic development coaches we are support staff, the sport coach is on the one on the spot, the final product is a judgment of his or her work. We must be sensitive to that fact. Everything we due must be subservient to practice and games. Start by meeting with the sport coach and…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on February 19, 2011 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Patriots Promote Harold Nash to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

The New England Patriots promoted Harold Nash to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Nash was the Patriots' assistant strength and conditioning coach for the past six seasons.  Strength Performance Network came across the following report from…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 18, 2011 at 12:03am — No Comments

In-season Training – The Concept

Perhaps one of the biggest dark holes in training is what to do for in-season training, especially in team sports. How much should do? What should you do? When should you do it? In-season train is immensely important. Too many people still subscribe to the myth that once the season starts then training should go into a maintenance mode. That concept is outdated and wrong. If you start a “maintenance” program once the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on February 17, 2011 at 7:41am — 2 Comments

Dynavision D2 Visual-Motor Reaction Training Device on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION

Don’t Miss This Sunday’s ABC TV Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Sunday February 20, 2011; 8PM / 7PM central

 

Performance Enterprises http://www.dynavisiond2.com, maker of the Dynavision D2™ is honored to have been invited by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to play a small part in providing a new home for Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who was severely wounded in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood. To…

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Added by Dynavision Sports on February 16, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Jets Hire Hughan as Their Strength Coach

The New York Jets hired a new strength and conditioining coach following Sal Alosi's resignation.  Strength Performance Network came across the following release from the Jets:

 

The New York Jets today announced the…

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Added by Brian Harris on February 16, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

Keep Your Eye on the Target

As Athletic Development coaches our target should be crystal clear and we should never take our eye off the target. The target is to prepare the athlete physically to compete without any limitations or restrictions so they can thrive in the competitive environment. That demands a comprehensive approach that addresses all components of physical preparation. Just training strength or speed or any one component is not enough.… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on February 16, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

Using the Past Effectively

The past is gone, in many cases long time gone. You and I know people who live in the past. Living in the past is not using the past effectively. The past is a starting point, just a reference point. Events gain clarity when we can look back at them in light of new information. If you feel lost, just look back over shoulder to see where you have come from, to get your bearings. I know for sure that the past is a place to… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on February 15, 2011 at 8:21am — No Comments

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