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September 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Behind the Scenes w/David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene [podcast]

Are athletes born or are they made?
Checkout the new podcast series with David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene!

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Added by Jeremy Boone on September 26, 2013 at 12:22am — No Comments

New Performance Technology Review- The Push Strength Device [podcast]

How do you currently measure and track your athletes performance?

In this episode I interview Rami Alhamad, the CEO of about their brand new performance technology available in…


Added by Jeremy Boone on September 25, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Use Partial Training To Prepare Your Athletes For Full Range

Dear Strength Coach,

Research studies shows that the tempo of a repetition has a great effect both neural and metabolic responses to the training. Thus, optimal tempo prescription is a great opportunity to control and target the training effect.

I am a big believer in systematic, gradual progressions that the develop the athletes as fast as they can handle, but with minimal risk of injury.

Click on the link to see a video with a progression of  4 full range of…


Added by Karsten Jensen on September 24, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 2:

Interview with Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, and Jon-Michael Davis

I had the opportunity to sit down with three strength and conditioning coaches that I have the utmost respect for. Not only are these three gentlemen outstanding coaches, but they have been both friends and mentors to me.

I was introduced to Tim Kontos many years…


Added by Mark Watts on September 18, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Your athlete can't squat deep - what do you do?

Dear Strength Coach,

We have all faced this issue.

Your athlete can't squat deep with proper form. What do you do?

Do you say "Okay, you can't squat deep so we will need to restrict the range of motion"

Or do you think: "Okay, maybe we have been approaching this in the wrong way. What happens if we try to teach the squat from the bottom up, instead of from the top down?"

If you click on the link you will see a progression that teaches the squat from the…


Added by Karsten Jensen on September 17, 2013 at 2:24pm — No Comments

University of Mississippi Internship Opportunity

The University of Mississippi is accepting applications for a spring semester internship position that would work with the Football Strength and Conditioning Department.  This is an unpaid position that is responsible for assisting the Ole Miss Strength and Conditioning Staff implement the off-season program and assist in all departmental functions.  Required qualifications include completion or current pursuit of a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in an exercise…


Added by Anthony Crosby on September 11, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Learn 2 Lift Seminar

MashElite: Learn 2 Lift

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Lecture and Hands on Seminar

MEP Experience: Technique, Progressions, & Tricks

 The Overall Olympic Weightlifting & Athletic Experience

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At Top Performance Gym…


Added by Lamour Training Systems on September 11, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

NSCA National Conference Write-Up (Part 1)

Wave Cycles, Tier System, and Auto-Regulatory Training

NSCA Recap

Added by Mark Watts on September 10, 2013 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Use Cluster Training to Improve Deadlift Form

Breaking up a longer set with breathing in between repetitions makes the set a “cluster type”.


Cluster training is an application of the interval principle known from energy systems training applied to one set of resistance training.


Cluster Training is an example of the saying to “train as much as possible, while staying as fresh as possible. (1)  


Cluster training may have several advantages that are worth exploiting:…


Added by Karsten Jensen on September 10, 2013 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Rewards of Coaching

There is no doubt in my mind that the rewards of coaching are the intangibles. I know it is not championships and records, those quickly fade away, the real rewards of coaching are seeing young boys and girls grow up to be responsible self sufficient men and women. Some of those young men and women when they were athletes could not remember their shoes, or their shot put but over time they learned. Now those young men…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 8, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments


In today’s world of high performance sport we have the potential to bury ourselves in numbers. There is not much we can’t analyze, measure or monitor.  In many ways this is a positive step forward and it some ways it can be negative. The key is keeping the numbers in context. If you are letting the numbers dictate everything you do and don’t do then it is time to reconsider. This is where I weigh in on the human element…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 7, 2013 at 8:10am — No Comments

Target Shoulder Stability With The Bench Press

The link below is a link to a video that shows an exercise that is designed to target shoulder stability. A few words about the exercise

1. I first learned about hanging plates/kettle bells from the bar by Louie Simmons.

2. The bench press variation is called Swaying Bench Press, because the bar 'sways" towards the feet and then towards the head both in the top and in the bottom position. This variation is…


Added by Karsten Jensen on September 3, 2013 at 3:59pm — No Comments

TRaveling Companions

I have two traveling companions that go with me everywhere I go. They are the realist and the idealist. The realist focuses on the task at hand, the way things are. He helps keep me focused and in touch with today. The idealist focus ahead, on the way things should be. He keeps me in touch with the ideal. These traveling companions keep me balanced. They have served me well on my journey through life.

Added by Vern Gambetta on September 3, 2013 at 8:54am — No Comments

On Coaching

When you see great coaching regardless of the level, you will see a strong foundation in pedagogy, what is done is usually supported by science, it is definitely forged in experience and proven and tested in the competitive cauldron. Great coaches never stray far the basics, sophistication comes from refinement of the basics. You will see a laser like focus on the need to do activities that make the athlete…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 2, 2013 at 8:07am — No Comments

Athlete Development or Abuse?

In the United States this is Labor Day weekend. Traditionally this is the kickoff for youth soccer season. I was reminded of this yesterday when I overheard two parents talking at Starbucks. They were talking about the tournament their kids were playing in. It was 2:00 PM and their kids had played two games already that day and were going to play the third game at 3:30. Yesterday it was 92…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 1, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments

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