Even if strength coaches understand the effects long, slow distance training for intermittent type sports,the larger issue may be convincing sport coaches to eliminate long distance fitness tests that coerce athletes into training for the tests, instead of competition. Here are some notes on the physical requirements for soccer and the consequences of endurance training.
Physical requirements and implications of training mode
A summary of the physical demands of soccer may… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 21, 2009 at 6:17pm —
Excerpt from Common Sense Coaching, originally published on StrengthCoach.com
We can’t make coaching mechanical. Coaching isn’t based on numbers and percentages. We don’t build our foundation with one blueprint. We should put ourselves in the athletes’ shoes more often and recognize that our ego upsets our teams as much as their egos upset us. Coaching is really about applying the common sense we use everyday to our lives in the weight room. The rules are the same: less can be… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 19, 2009 at 9:00pm —
1.5, 2 mile, and 12 minute runs are still common evaluations that soccer coaches at all levels are using. Performance coaches are still culpable of building an "aerobic base" before progressing to interval or intermittent sprint training. Here are a few statistics taken from game motion analysis that breaks down the contributions from different intensities of running during elite and sub elite level soccer matches.
• High level soccer athletes spend approximately 60% of their time on… Continue
A question was posed to our staff recently asking us to describe our training philosophy in one word or phrase. The first thing that popped into my head was efficiency. Essentially physical development is all about efficiency. Quality training is optimizing neuromuscular coordination. Correcting imbalances and teaching an athlete to reduce and produce force using the correct muscles at correct joint angles will place the body in a position to maximize force production with the least amount of… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 14, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I think a lot of coaches will be thinking similarly, and that is to avoid too much specificity and think of them as athletes, not gymnasts. However, from my experience, basic components and exercises just didn't fit. I ended up making small adjustments based on events and injuries.
The floor and beam exercises require single leg balance exercises, like a scale, however, my athletes will make a single-leg RDL look like such (and its about everything we don't like: lumbar… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 13, 2009 at 4:03pm —
Originally posted as a reply in the StrengthCoach.com Advanced Forum
I envy anyone who can make it on their own, and don't think you necessarily need to be an understudy for years. However, I don't personally like the explosion of young "experts". I was reading an article recently and the blurb at the end of the article (about the author) claimed that the author had helped athletes of all ages reach their full athletic potential. That's a huge claim to make. And when I… Continue
Excerpt from Get Your Athletes to "Eat their Vegetables". Originally posted on StrengthCoach.com, SBCoachesCollege.com, and MyFitTube.com.
Don’t expect your athletes to “eat their vegetables” all the time if you don’t offer them “dessert” once in a while.
I relate a lot of what I think coaching should be to examples of good parenting. Parents are basically performance life-coaches. Some of us can remember how our mothers had to mix our veggies with mac ‘n cheese or… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 11, 2009 at 11:00am —
I had the honor of attending Zach EvenEsh’s strength seminar this weekend featuring AJ Roberts. It got CRAZY at Friday night’s strength seminar. 150 lb globe DB snatches, strict presses of 150 and 130 lb dumbbells, dips with 12 chains (240 lbs), easy levering of a 16 lb sledge, two 45 lb hub pinches then cleaned and pressed (WOW), atlas stone lifts, chain pressing, incredible grip feats and much much more.
I went down with a bunch of guys from the Diesel Crew including Smitty, Brad,… Continue
Added by Joe Hashey on January 10, 2009 at 10:35pm —
Excerpt from Team Warm Up and Prehabilitation. Originally posted on StrengthCoach.com, SBCoachesCollege.com, and MyFitTube.com
Every coach will agree that movement preparation, warm up, whatever you may call it, is extremely important. Early in my teams’ programs, I coach prehab and movement preparation like any other exercise. My warm ups are designed as “previews” to that day’s workout and so many of the mechanics I include during warm up will be utilized later on. During… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 10, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Wednesday is usually our day off, but we go hang out in the gym and mess around. Today we came up with five creative ways to use a bar end for grip training. The first one is a thick grip for dead lifting.
Today was a particularly good training day. After all the clients left, two friends of mine came over to get after a lower body day. Both of these guys are strong and competitive, which makes quality training partners. John Frieser and I played college football together at Colgate, and he went on to NFL Europe. Tyler is now Colgate football player from our area and we are always willing to help out serious atheltes!
We started with some heavy box squats and then moved on to pulling… Continue
Added by Joe Hashey on January 4, 2009 at 8:31pm —
I’ve posted a few youtube videos of lower body training (BOX JUMP BATTLE AND LOWER BODY CLIPS and DYNAMIC EFFORT LOWER FOR ATHLETES). I will be posting a video up of our Repetition Effort upper body training day, however here are a few pictures so you get the picture!
Ballistic Bench Press
Band Resisted Overhead Power Press
Rope Battling The 60 feet long, 3 Inch Monster Rope…
Today is my 22nd Birthday so in honor of that we did the 22 workout.
Cambered Bar Back Squat with 225 1x22
Bench Press 185 1x22 this was miserable for me
1a KB Swing 1x22
1b Glute Ham 1x22
1c Hanging Leg Raise 1x22
1d Plate Curl 25kg 1x22
2a Hub Hold Each Hand 22secs 25lb
2b Hex Pick up 1x22 35lb
Time to eat!
We plan on adding an athletic performance section to our website. Any submissions are welcome from this network. We are currently working with a few NHL and Major Junior hockey players and will be including this information shortly.
I have been reading a lot about the conjugate method of training (Supertraining by Mel Siff and Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky and Kraemer to name a few), specifically the Westside Method and its variations. It seems that max effort and dynamic effort training is the far superior method to increase our athletes strength.
I was wondering what some of the college strength and conditioning coaches think about the conjugate method and its effectiveness in their… Continue