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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

Teaching Deceleration and COD: "Catching the Floor"

If you played baseball, softball, basketball, fact, if you've ever had anything thrown at you (and caught it), you can teach an athlete to decelerate and change direction. Sound weird? I'm right there with you...

The way in which an athlete stops, cuts, and changes direction is very similar to the way they are taught to catch a ball. They must arrange their limbs in a proper position to receive the pass, while keeping or placing their body in the optimal position to… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on August 27, 2009 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Preseason Testing- Part 1

Don't get me wrong, I am all for establishing a standard set of physical testing norms for a team during preseason, but it is important to be aware of what message you are sending to your players when doing so.

By all means set the bar high and let your players know your level of expectation regarding fitness for example, but make sure the parameters are realistic for the players and not totally out of their control. Here are two examples that prove my point:

1. A Div. 1… Continue

Added by Jeremy Boone on August 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

What Drives Exercise Selection

To me, exercise selection comes down to one thing - does the exercise serve as an evaluation of something I'm looking to improve specific to that athlete? This allows me to evaluate an athlete's progression every week, every workout, every set, every rep. And by evaluation, I don't just mean general strength or agility. Movement quality and integrated functioning of the lower body, torso, and upper body is the key.

In context, I work with mostly high school aged athletes, who have 0… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on August 20, 2009 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

Throw Away Your Beef

This short post isn't about nutrition. In a recent interview for TMuscle, Alwyn Cosgrove brought up a great point - stop criticizing other coaches and programs that get results. It's such a simple principle (but those are the ones that we tend to keep coming back to), but I guess it sticks more coming from a giant like Alwyn. Argument and non-constructive criticism are a set back for all parties involved. Time spent arguing is time spent gaining pride and losing interpersonal relationships -… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on August 11, 2009 at 10:39pm — No Comments

NSCA Bulletin 31.08

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 31.08, concerning the month of August 2009. Among other articles, you will find the 2009 NSCA National Conference Wrap Up.

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… Continue

Added by David Harris on August 5, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

ACL Injury Reduction Checklist: Part II Movement

A non-contact ACL injury, to me, is likely caused by the athlete's inability or unawareness to arrange their leg or legs and feet underneath their torso safely. That's it. Strength plays its part, you can get geeky and say neuromuscular coordination and proprioception play a part, and fatigue even more so, but simply put, their technique broke down.

We accept the importance of technique in other sports. Baseball tangent. There are thousands of 23 year olds throwing 92-93mph fastballs… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on July 29, 2009 at 12:11am — 4 Comments

Conditioning Games for Football

Including conditioning games with your players is a great way to create competition, get a ton of work in, and still have a little fun! The following is taken from my blog that I hope you will enjoy!

Here are a few more Movement Based Games that we played today during our agility workout with my football group. Some notes below:

-The first game is used just after our dynamic warmup (lasts about 3min) and is meant to get the mind engaged in the… Continue

Added by Jeremy Boone on July 24, 2009 at 10:50am — No Comments

Can Your Soccer Players Run a Sub-5 Min Mile?

Below is taken from my blog post today at

Okay I have tried really hard not to make this blog solely a platform to do nothing but complain. But this one is over the top. The following is EXACTLY the reason why we as performance coaches need to continue to push to integrate into a complete coaching team with youth clubs. Checkout part of the following 4 week preseason program for a youth soccer club specifically for girls ages U15-U18:

Week… Continue

Added by Jeremy Boone on July 24, 2009 at 10:38am — 5 Comments

The total package of Strength and conditioning.

This summer I had the pleasure of working with some great athletes. From literally 7 years old to a couple of NFL rookies. I'm hoping my college guys are blessed enough to go beyond the collegiate realm or at least do what I did and do the typical camps for football. NFL camp, CFL camp, olympic training mini camp (sprinters). When I was doin all of this I had know idea that I was learning to become the total package (Strength, speed, balance,quickness, body awareness) but I was truly blessed… Continue

Added by Adrian Bazemore on July 24, 2009 at 1:11am — 4 Comments

What is going on in high school weight rooms?

At this time of year, I get to see what’s going on inside a lot of high school weight rooms, and I’ve got to tell you something – it’s downright scary. The four things I see most often are:

1. Lack of supervision

2. Poor technique

3. Poor effort

4. Incomplete routines

Lack of supervision – The problem here usually is not that there isn’t a coach around. The problem is that the coach simply isn’t doing anything. I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll repeat… Continue

Added by Jim Kielbaso on July 18, 2009 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

ACL Injury Reduction Checklist: 1.5 - Warm up

In Part I, I outlined a warm-up/preparation checklist that covered, well, everything. It didn't look specific to anything, especially not ACL prevention, considering there was, arguably, balanced attention given to all quadrants of the body. Here's my reasoning....specific warm ups are normally a bad idea.

So..why should your ACL reduction strategy include shoulder prehab exercises? Here's a very, very general back-engineering of pathology...

Dynamic knee stability is… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on July 16, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

ACL Injury Reduction Checklist: Part I

ACL Injury Reduction factors....think...ready..go. Glute/hip abductor strength, fatigue, q-angle, hip mobility, ankle mobility, hormones, neuromuscular control of the trunk in all three planes of movement, single leg landing mechanics, hop-stop test, sleep, nutrition, hydration...ok, breathe. All that information's great, but what does all of that look like when applied into a program? The next couple posts will be one long checklist of training priorities for ACL injury… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on July 8, 2009 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Book Authorship Collaborators: Strength Training Systems for Athletic Performance

I'm looking for interested writers for a book I'm trying to conceptualize. Interested writers will contribute a chapter (3000-5000 words) regarding a strength training scheme (History.. mechanism... research... implications). Topics will be compiled and hopefully end up in a material that will help practitioners in the field of strength and conditioning. The topics would somehow include:

1. Complex Training

2. Conjugate Training

3. Compound Training

4. Circuit… Continue

Added by Jeff Pagaduan on July 6, 2009 at 10:02pm — No Comments

When Athletes Talk Back...

Sometimes it's not such a bad thing. Short story long... I had an athlete today, while doing lateral hurdle hops, stop and walk to the mirror and knock over a foam roll that had been standing vertically. Apparently, he was watching himself in the mirror during the drill and the foam roller was in his way. I really had no problem with it at all, but I freshly replied "There are no mirrors on the field," (he's a baseball player). Before I could return to substantial coaching he remarked, "I know,… Continue

Added by Joe Bonyai on July 2, 2009 at 7:20pm — 3 Comments

NSCA Bulletin 31.07

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 31.07, concerning the month of July 2009. Among other articles, the 2009 NSCA National Index Champions are crowned.

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,… Continue

Added by David Harris on July 2, 2009 at 12:40am — No Comments

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