Biomechanics terms get thrown around used, maybe abused, very often by strength coaches. I don't like to waste time worrying about semantics - there are much more important things. However, sometimes a keen ear can really open your eyes to something. I know for one I didn't realize how loosely I like to talk about length tension relationships.
When it comes to posture, it's very easy to generalize that suboptimal posture will lead to suboptimal "length tension relationships" and… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on February 19, 2009 at 4:20pm —
This post probably could have been titled Better Posture to Avoid ______ Pulls. Better posture should be a stand-alone priority of a training program. Better posture will ensure optimal length tension-relationships of the muscles surrounding joints, which leads to optimal neuromuscular efficiency..but anyways.
Injuries to the adductor muscle group can be caused by many things: dormant glutes, restricted hip mobility, overuse into extension, abduction, and external rotation, trigger… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on February 16, 2009 at 10:30am —
I am piloting a new motivational technique I came up with while sitting in the gym the other night. I like to call it “Resume Building.” Here is the constant that I depend on for this technique to work - the athletes must be competitive. If they aren’t, perhaps they should pursue different endeavours! However, if they are competitive, this should work!
Resume Building Guidelines
1. I gave my athletes a sheet of paper with their name on it.
2. I instructed them… Continue
Added by Joe Hashey on February 14, 2009 at 1:14pm —
A well-coached, appropriately designed program has a element of prehabilitation in every piece from warm up to warm down. However, exercises that are generally considered as prehab, such as prone trap raises, glute activation and corrective mobility exercises are vulnerable to abuse as much as any other component. It is very easy to program prehab within a workout and expect a team of athletes to perform the exercises correctly on their own while we focus on more complex lifts. By design,… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on February 12, 2009 at 8:30am —
A goal when designing programs for teams should be to address each individual's weaknesses, without "revealing" them. It's usually not practical to create a program for each athlete on a large team, however a uniform program doesn't exactly follow the principles of specificity and take into consideration individual differences. Special programs for injured athletes are appropriate, but don't undermine the psychological effect of injury - the athlete already feels debilitated or incapable. A… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on February 9, 2009 at 8:00am —
I'm new to the site and figured I would just post a link to my posts on blogger for right now.
Added by Dan Allison on February 8, 2009 at 8:31pm —
Last week, I started training again after having a baby 3 weeks ago. My lower body days are still light. I plan on doing a bench meet in April.
Sunday Feb 1
2 Board Press
mini band pullaparts 3x15
mini band snatches 3x15
KB Ext. 3x10
Tuesday feb 3
Reverse Hypers 2x12
Lunges 3x6 each
Glute Hams 2x10
Calf Raises… Continue
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Added by James White on February 8, 2009 at 2:44pm —
The Bull Strength Training Manual will be released SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8th at HIGH NOON! It will be on sale for 1 week, so everyone close to Synergy Athletics can purchase it cheaper, then the price will increase. Check it out at BULLSTRENGTH.COM
Here is what you can expect from Bull Strength:
-Bull Strength Program and Template for easy use.
-Sport considerations for every athlete.
-Unique and proven upper body… Continue
Added by Joe Hashey on February 7, 2009 at 3:45pm —
During the January '09 Sport Specific Conference, Boyd Epley, one of the foremost authorities in the Strength and Conditioning profession, presented the "Epic Rating". This rating was designed so that a strength and conditioning professional can accurately test athletes to determine which athletes on a given team have the most athletic potential. I'm interested in hearing what others think of the use of the "Epic Rating". As such, I'm including below text from a recent email sent by Boyd… Continue
Added by David Harris on February 6, 2009 at 3:30pm —
I love the simple idea that athletes should start and land in the same position for both single and double leg plyos.
Once an athlete learns how to land with good mechanics, I cue to "land strong". When we work on individual jumps, hops, and bounds I want landings to be stuck with good form, with the idea that the athlete should/would be able to jump or hop quickly out of the position they landed in.
I've gotten away from cueing to "land soft" or "quiet". In order to keep… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on February 5, 2009 at 9:35pm —
Unlocking the t-spine, allowing it to rotate and improving extension will help to correct a variety of shoulder, elbow and even low back issues. However, in order for the t-spine to move optimally, the muscles securing the pelvis and lumbar spine must be working accordingly. The consequence of weak LPHC stabilizers results much like trying to open a soapy pickle jar. If you were grasp the jar with one hand and attempt to turn the lid with the other, you wouldn't be able to create enough torque… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on February 2, 2009 at 2:30pm —
What does anyone know about the "Sots Press"? All I have gathered so far is that it is basically a power clean/squat clean and after the clean has been caught and in the receiving position, you then hold that position and press the barbell over your head. It's a pretty tough lift, and I was wondering if anyone else has heard anything on it.
Added by Dallas Daniels on January 31, 2009 at 9:36pm —
On January 27, we conducted our third Combat Hard Combative Skills demonstration at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. It was a great pleasure to spend time in a fantastic facility and work with some great kids who showed courtesy and tremendous heart. We were truly impressed with their enthusiasm. My thanks to Jeff Edwards for facilitating this opportunity, to all the coaches at East Paulding who took the time to observe our program in action, and to the football players who gave… Continue
Added by Steven Mosley on January 30, 2009 at 8:42pm —
Rocky. It was a Stallone weekend on AMC and yea, I watched the Rocky marathon, again. What don't we learn from the Rocky series? It displays what true love should be. It demonstrates the differences between Personality and Character (pick up a Stephen Covey book if you don't know what I'm talking about). I know now that real men eat lightning and crap thunder. And Rocky V? Well, we all make mistakes. Most importantly, it teaches us that for a 45 minute fight, you have to train for 45,000… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 29, 2009 at 8:30am —
I hate listening to my voice on answering machines; I would never guess that I sound like I do. But as coach, we need to listen to ourselves more. Why? Because just like most situations in life, it's not what you say but how you say it. The type of tone that I couldn't handle as an athlete was the "do it because I said so", or a tone that made me feel like I was below my coach. I don't know what I sound like to my athletes, but I do have one goal, and that is to present myself in front of 60… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 27, 2009 at 10:30pm —
I think some coaches still think that you can either be a functional anatomy, corrective exercise coach, or a periodization-guru, squat heavy, mental toughness, load'em up coach. This is not the case. The most respected, sought after, financially successful (and if you're still not worried about the money you make at this point in the economy, I have no problem calling you crazy) coaches understand all sides of the field and have the unique ability to organize different ideas into a coherent… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 24, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Often times my brother and I sit in the gym and think about how to make great interesting training impliments with normal gym equipment. If you have a barbell and a few clips you can turn it into a 2 inch thick grip dumbbell in less than 5 minutes!
Instructions to make a thick grip dumbbell:
1. Unscrew the pin off of the end of the bar (usually can be done by hand or with an allen wrench unless its a spinning power bar).
2. Load a weight all the way to the end… Continue
Added by Joe Hashey on January 24, 2009 at 12:54pm —
On January 22, we conducted our second Combat Hard Combative Skills demonstration at the Walker School in Marietta, GA. Big fun was had by all. Everyone that participated had an awesome time and really put forth some great effort. Thank you to all participants, Jerry Collett and Coach Ben Williamson for inviting us.
Added by Steven Mosley on January 23, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Muscle function changes with joint position. Muscles have many actions and shouldn't be classified generally as flexors, abductors, medial rotators, etc. Take some of the muscles surrounding the hip. All portions of the glute medius act to abduct the hip (whether that ability is compromised with hip flexion is up for debate). The anterior and middle portions have moment arms for medial rotation and the posterior fibers act as lateral rotators in 0 degrees of hip flexion. As the hip is flexed,… Continue
Added by Joe Bonyai on January 23, 2009 at 12:30pm —