Two athletes with the same physical potential: same power, same strength, same absolute speed can score very, very differently in agility tests. Agility is a skill like swinging a golf club. I can have better balance, leg stength, hip and thoracic mobility than you, but if I don't know how to swing a golf club and you do, we both know who'll hit the ball longer and straighter.
With that said, using agility drills and equipment are going to improve performance - in those drills. You… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on April 6, 2009 at 10:42am —
We are building a great site primarily through word of mouth and great info. I think we are on our way to changing the way a lot of people think in the field. Please take advantage of the two week, $1 offer.
Also, if you have questions, please post them to the forums. I can’t tell you how many people I meet who say “I'm a member of http://www.strengthcoach.com but, I don’t post to the forums, I just read them.” Take advantage of all the great minds who regularly answer questions.… Continue
Added by Michael on April 6, 2009 at 6:55am —
For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 31.04, concerning the month of April 2009.
To view and/or download the document click here
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Added by David Harris on April 2, 2009 at 10:18pm —
Overhead exercise prescription, like any, begins with evaluation. Overhead pressing and weightlifting movements like the snatch and jerk are often prescribed with little hesitation. These movements require exceptional shoulder mechanics, and unfortunately, I believe, coaches already have a place for these movements in their programs before they ever see their athletes. Think about all of the variables that go into allowing the arm to elevate safely above shoulder height: lumbar and thoracic… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on April 2, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Not sure if it is OK to post links here to other sites so please remove this if it's a problem. I recently posted an article at www.strengthcoach.com about the above topic. I'll move it to the free area of the site so people can read it.
Added by Michael on March 31, 2009 at 5:15am —
Overhead training for "overhead" or throwing athletes has been debated in every forum and I completely understand if the topic is repetitive, but hopefully my response is not. I'm not sure when overhead training with overhead or throwing athletes incurred such a poor reputation, but I have some ideas as to why.
1) Poor program design. Too much pressing in general and not enough pulling will predispose any athlete to injury. From my experience even a 1:1 ratio won't do anything to… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on March 30, 2009 at 1:23pm —
I had the real fortune of coaching at the National Juniors and was asked to help a friend's athlete at the Pan Am Trials. While watching warm-ups of Norik Vardanian, he efforts and movements were almost gentle. In Florida, and a little in my gym, we've been focusing on improving bar speed at light weights/empty bar. Norik's movements were in stark contrast to that. I haven't fully digested the significance of this. I also know from watching Randy Strossen's videos that only great weightlifters… Continue
Added by Joseph Hanson on March 28, 2009 at 2:36pm —
Your body is akin to a car. With this in mind envision the muscles on the front of the body as the body of your car. It can look fast and impressive but if you only have 4 cylinders you are going nowhere fast. This is a common mistake athletes make in preparation.
Now the backside of your body is your engine. Your lats, glutes, and hamstrings power locomotion. Extension is the mother of movement. These muscle groups need to be strong and powerful.
Your “core” or midsection… Continue
Added by sjsuassist on March 28, 2009 at 1:54pm —
You probably do not give much thought to Neuromuscular Coordination during your training. You will never hear a coach ask: "How fast do your neurons go?" or "How strong are your neurons?" A lot of coaches probably do not understand Neuromuscular Coordination and how it relates to training. I think this newsletter is going to be educational for us both, so first I must review the research of this topic and define Neuromuscular Coordination for you.
Neuromuscular Coordination is the… Continue
Added by Drew Heard on March 28, 2009 at 1:36pm —
By virtue of their attachment to the humerus and influence on core stability (Part I), the lats also play a role in shoulder health. The lats share an attachment to the inferior angle of the scapula, which gives them a line of pull to depress and downwardly rotate the scapula in direct opposition to the upper traps.
However, because of their linkage into the spine, the lats also influence shoulder mechanics by affecting posture. With the proximal attachment stabilized (pelvis, lumbar… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on March 26, 2009 at 11:00am —
If you were asked what the function of the latissimus dorsi was, what would you say? Would it be adducting the arm and extending the arm - as occurs during a pull up or DB row? Would you take it a step further an add that they act as a humeral medial rotator? You could even add the eccentric function in which they decelerate the arm into flexion and lateral rotation. That would be a start.
The lats don't just directly affect movement of the arm. Their function and influence on… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on March 23, 2009 at 11:17pm —
For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 31.03, concerning the month of March 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.
Added by David Harris on March 21, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Home on spring break in New England means one thing to my family, yard work. Even more confusingly, yesterday was my birthday and I found myself outside ripping figure 8's on my Cub Cadet chasing down stray leaves. Even worse, as I sat there, getting covered in a layer of sand that actually made me look like a glitter-pixy, I was thinking about how all this related to strength and conditioning.
But back to my grass-capades. My dad, I, and the wind are all taking turns moving some… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on March 19, 2009 at 11:22am —
Below is an overview of how coaches base their judgement of athletic success based on the field of Sports Axiology.
While each individual uses all three dimensions of value-based judgement, we all have one area that is usually the driver. Which dimension is your driver for how you base athletic success?
After surveying about 50 performance coaches at a recent national conference, the strength coaches (weightroom) were… Continue
Added by Jeremy Boone on March 17, 2009 at 11:44pm —
Guys, i cannot reiterate this enough but there's something that concerns me slightly about the lack of emphasis that gets put on one's grip strength. Call me crazy but does no-one use any form of grip training in their routine anymore?? It's something that baffles me to be honest, i mean, would you enter a cooking competition without first having perfected your pastry making skills? No you wouldn't, so why is it that it appears to be ok to train for a sport such as rugby where you need a grip… Continue
Added by zoran dubaic on March 17, 2009 at 7:26am —
Understanding the kinetic link principle should immediately reveal the differences between good and poor exercise selection for rotational power development. First, as the old adage states, it's all in the hips. A strong foundation is where it all starts. No need for sport specificity here, jumps, hops, bounds, O-lifts, deadlifts, and squats will do. As I mentioned previously in the series, a strong athlete is worthless if he or she can't move effectively. Isolated joint stability and mobility… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on March 16, 2009 at 3:00pm —
You can’t buy motivation. Either you have the drive or you don’t. It is brutally honest. Of course, you can fan the flames a bit and get someone going and destroy some weights, but that is not always the case.
Take Andre Smith for example. The Offensive Tackle from Alabama had everything going for him before their bowl game. He was a projected top 3 pick in the NFL draft, on one of the best teams in the country, and set to make millions of dollars in the pros. What happened next… Continue
Added by Joe Hashey on March 14, 2009 at 7:01pm —
Does anyone ever remember their mum saying that after a hard fought, hard lost game of football? Don't missunderstand the title here, i'm not saying that you should be walking around following a hefty defeat with your head in your hands lamenting your iminent demise from the competitive sporting scene. No, if you got your arse whooped by a stronger athlete or by a better, more skillful team on the day then it's time to suck it up, deal with it and move on. When I say move on at this point I… Continue
Added by zoran dubaic on March 13, 2009 at 4:32pm —
Building a body that is balanced structurally, strong, and mobile is only half of the battle when it comes to improving rotational power. Sure, like any other sport or athlete, the "just get them stronger" argument holds true - to a certain extent. The next step will link traditional strength training to sport performance. The next step requires understanding the Kinetic Link Principle. Kinetic linkage is involved in every single movement. Movement in general depends on force transmission from… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on March 12, 2009 at 3:30pm —
My interest in investigating sprint training techniques for field sports were mainly influenced by two separate incidents: an article by the New York Times on speed movement titled, “The First Step for the Knicks: Learn the Right Way to Run” and my recent coaching experience with a DII Field Hockey program. The author reports on how New York Knicks Strength and Conditioning Coach Greg Brittenham employed sprint training exercises to educate his NBA athletes on correct running form . Coach… Continue
Added by Dan Liburd on March 9, 2009 at 11:51am —