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September 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Freak weight lifting accident ends USC RB Stafon Johnson's season

Information from Pac-10 writer Ted Miller and The Associated Press was used in this report.

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California tailback Stafon Johnson is unlikely to play again this season after a falling weight bar crushed his neck and larynx.

The senior who scored the No. 7 Trojans' go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State two weeks ago was bench-pressing when the bar slipped from his right hand and fell onto his throat.

Johnson was in critical… Continue

Added by David Harris on September 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Unlikely Inspiration

I'm reading Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy. If you'd like to roll your eyes, go ahead, but it's a fantastic book. It's not a cheat-the-system, work four hours a week book. It's a set goals, take action, achieve your goals book. I'm probably the least organized, most over-worrying, procrastination prone individual I know, therefore books like this help me to ease my anxiety before I go to bed, and set my mind straight when I wake up.

I bought the book because it was recommended… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on September 24, 2009 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Jay Schroeders Extreme Isometrics

Anyone here familiar with Schroeders methods. Some of them seem kind of crazy, and his claims about Extreme Isometrics are way over the top. I incorporated them into my teams programs the past two years with some interesting results.

You can listen to my experience here:

Added by sjsuassist on September 23, 2009 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Hop & Stop Teleclinic Audio Recording Now Posted

For those of you who were unable to get on the call last night regarding the Hop & Stop Test, I have posted on my site at

It was a great discussion and there were a ton of quality coaches who made the call!


Added by Jeremy Boone on September 22, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Hop & Stop Test LIVE Review

Many of you are using or have used the 'Hop & Stop' test which looks at the following components:

1. Single Leg Force Production

2. Single Leg Force Absorption

3. Symmetery Score (comparing each leg in both categories above)

If you are not aware of the Hop & Stop Test go to


In response to recent questions and comments about the test, there is a FREE teleclinic tomorrow night, Monday Sept. 21, 2009, at… Continue

Added by Jeremy Boone on September 20, 2009 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Convincing Endurance Athletes to Lift: Part II

As I mentioned in Part I, never tell an endurance athlete that in order to prevent injury and improve performance they should take time away from the road or water and hit the weights (even if it is true). Here are a few ways to redevelop your strategy for getting endurance athletes excited about your training:

1) Check out endurance training magazines and websites. Realize that their is garbage like this… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on September 17, 2009 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Convincing Endurance Athletes to Lift

There may not be a harder sell than to convince an endurance athlete to lift like your other teams/athletes. So close Excel, throw the Bompa-text to the side, and start doing something we (well, at least I) never want to experience - think like an endurance athlete.

The success of your program will be directly related to 1) how well you understand what is going through your athletes' heads 2)how well you can manipulate your current strategy to supplement their… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on September 13, 2009 at 8:59pm — No Comments

A Practical Preparation Routine

A new article of mine has been posted on .. and unfortunately the title might be misleading. Even though the article appears to be geared towards rotational-sport athletes, I should admit that the good majority of the exercises I mention in the article, I happen to use with every athlete, in a very similar order. With that the article I outline a "mat series" of prehab work that certainly, if nothing else, flows. It's a routine that's time, space, and… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on September 8, 2009 at 9:48pm — No Comments

NSCA Bulletin Version 31.09

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 31.09, concerning the month of September 2009.

To view and/or download the document click here.

NOTE: When clicking on the above link it may take up to 30-seconds for the bulletin to open.

To view all previous bulletins, click… Continue

Added by David Harris on September 4, 2009 at 1:07am — No Comments

Mini-Hurdle Madness (video)

Mini-hurdles have become a popular tool for iimproving both linear and lateral speed over the last few years. However, as is usually the case, many coaches simply have their athletes run through various drills thinking that their athletes are actually improving!

Here are two cases in point:

I recently watched a group of about thirty freshman football players participate in a speed session hosted by a self-proclaimed 'speed expert' performance company. In the middle… Continue

Added by Jeremy Boone on September 2, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

9' Power Racks For Sale

I will be looking to sale 5 of our 9' power racks.They are made by ArrowHawk Industries. It is a local company here in Clinton, SC. They will be $1,000 a piece or best offer. If you are interested contact me at the number below.
Matt Taylor
Head Strength Coach
Presbyterain College

Added by Matt Taylor on September 2, 2009 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Where to buy Squat and Bench Bands and Chains?

Where is the best place to buy quality chains and bands for squat and bench?

Added by Wes Herlocker on September 2, 2009 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

Where to buy Tendo Units?

Where is the best place to buy tendo units?

Added by Wes Herlocker on September 2, 2009 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

Assessing Speed Mechanics

For those of you interested in speed development, I just posted a very basic video on assessing speed mechanics.

I will be posting some live video assesment of change of direction here in the next few days as well.

To view the video just click on the 'view all' videos and you will find the title 'Assessing Speed Mechanics'.

Hope you enjoy it!


Added by Jeremy Boone on September 1, 2009 at 11:24pm — No Comments

The Coaching Mindset

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to all of you who took part in the 'Coaching Mindset' teleclinic. The responses were very encouraging and there will be another in the near future for those that were unable to attend.

There is also a free dvd on the 'Athlete Mindset Course' that is now available for those that are interested. Here is the link:

thanks again!


Added by Jeremy Boone on September 1, 2009 at 11:17pm — No Comments

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