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Can Your Vegan Athletes Match Their Meat-eating Competitors?

In the past couple of years, veganism has become very popular. It is not considered as a specific plant-based diet anymore but as a way of life, and becoming vegan means changing your life upside down and creating a new, healthy lifestyle. But is choosing veganism a good option for athletes and does it really give them enough strength to match their meat-eating competitors?

Over the last few years, more and…


Added by Victoria Lim on January 16, 2018 at 8:57am — 3 Comments

The Laws of Strength and Conditioning: An Athletes Agreement

The Laws of Strength and Conditioning: An Athletes Agreement

By Matthew Johnson, M.S, CSCS

Director of Strength and Conditioning George Washington University 

At George Washington University we value the coach-athlete relationship.  In order to reach peak performance both parties are responsible.  As strength coaches, our job is to motivate, educate, plan and provide structure to our athletes performance enhancement.  

Below is a list of…


Added by Matthew Johnson on February 18, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Report: Nebraska Hires Mark Philipp As Strength & Conditioning Coach

Looks like Nebraska has found their replacement as James Dobson moves to the Vanderbilt program.  Mark Philipp is the new Nebraska football strength coach reporting to both Mike Riley and Boyd Epley:

Added by David Harris on December 21, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Online team collaboration

Teambuildr recently announced a team texting feature.  You can check out the feature below.  I'm interested to hear if/how online collaboration is changing how strength coaches communicate to and with the teams under their charge.  Do you communicate to your athletes online and/or use an online platform to enable your athletes to communicate to each other about their training challenges and wins in a secure environment?  …


Added by David Harris on October 15, 2014 at 8:51pm — No Comments

USF strength and conditioning coach suspended after criticizing Aaron Lynch

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Not everyone at South Florida was happy that former Bulls DE Aaron Lynch was taken in the fifth round of…


Added by David Harris on May 14, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Blogging from the 2014 NSCA Coaches Conference: Thoughts on the NSCA

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) welcomed Strength Performance Network (SPN) to the 2014 conference again this year.  They have always been gracious hosts and this year was no different.  Thank you.


SPN has attended more than a few NSCA conferences at this point and, personally, I’ve attended even more.  I can tell you that the quality of presenters and the knowledge brought to the event by the attendees has grown year-over-year.  The strength…


Added by David Harris on January 13, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Blogging from the 2014 NSCA Coaches Conference: Rypt

As participation in youth sports has continued to grow, the establishment of independent strength and conditioning facilities aimed at helping young athletes develop a strong foundation on which they can continue to develop themselves physically and mentally seems like a natural progression in the evolution of the industry.  Given the resources provided by the educational institutions that most youth athletes play for today, however, I’ve been curious about how these independent facilities…


Added by David Harris on January 11, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Blogging from the NSCA Coaches Conference: Keynote Speaker: Joe Ehrmann

Last night I have the amazing opportunity to listen to a presentation by Joe Ehrmann.  Joe was an All-American football player and letterman in lacrosse at Syracuse.  He later played in the NFL for 13 years.  While his athletic accomplishments are impressive, they in no way define the man.  Quite the contrary.  Joe took his experiences as a player, reflected on the impact the various coaches in his career had on his life and thoughtfully and introspectively combined those insights with the…


Added by David Harris on January 11, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

Blogging from the NSCA 2014 Coaches Conference: Sarah Snyder, MS, RD, LDN, CSCS

I joined a presentation by Sarah Snyder, MS, RD, LDN, CSCS at 3pm EST today. Sarah's presentation focused on the "re" in recovery.

Sarah is the Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida (UF) Athletic Department. Snyder provides nutrition services and programming at UF for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer, and lacrosse. Prior to joining UF, Snyder worked at Athletes’…


Added by David Harris on January 10, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Blogging from the NSCA 2014 Coaches Conference: Jason Cole, University of Michigan

I had a chance to listen to Jason Cole, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D today at 2pm EST. Jason is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan, currently focusing on the baseball, tennis and men's soccer teams.  Coach Cole was also one of three finalists for this year's NSCA Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.  

The integration of the strength and conditioning philosophy with that of a sport coaching staff is paramount to a program’s success.…


Added by David Harris on January 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Blogging from the NSCA 2014 Coaches Conference: Which supplements are effective and which are a waste of time

Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD is currently speaking at the conference on the topic of supplements.  The most immediate learning from the presentation is that the nutrition needs for every athlete are going to be unique.  Strength and conditioning professionals are doing their athletes a disservice if we don't take the time to fully evaluate the unique needs of each athlete including their nutrition history, their goals for the future and what is truly best for the…


Added by David Harris on January 10, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

Blogging from the NSCA 2014 Coaches Conference

I arrived at the Coaches Conference last night.  After traveling through the snow and managing flight delays to what is currently a very snowy Indianapolis, I arrived at the JW Marriott in and was immediately presented with the opportunity to talk to Jon Jost, Director of Strength and Conditioning at Florida State University and the person many consider the "Father of Strength and Conditioning":  Boyd Epley.  Boyd founded the collegiate strength and conditioning is currently the Senior…


Added by David Harris on January 10, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

Men's basketball strength and conditioning coach Alan Bishop plays a key role in team preparation.

As posted on UT Arlington's website:

ARLINGTON, Texas – Alan Bishop is busy all year. As UT Arlington's men's basketball strength and conditioning coach, the work never ends.

But the summer, more so than any other, is Coach Bishop's time. That's when his work with the men's team hits overdrive. The Mavericks are already showing the fruits of that…


Added by David Harris on July 22, 2013 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Thoughts regarding Lance Armstrong?

Lance Armstrong admitted doping during the time he won his 7 Tour de France titles.  As professionals in the strength and conditioning industry, what are your thoughts?

Added by Strength Performance on January 17, 2013 at 11:27pm — 7 Comments

NFL Combine Drills in Summary

Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:

40-yard dash

The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed,…


Added by David Harris on March 5, 2012 at 9:33pm — No Comments

The Crossfit Discussion

We've received quite a few comments since posting the "Crossfit Daily Workout" on SPN. It's great to see the diversity of thought. We're enjoying the debate which is, afterall, one of the reasons SPN exists.

Allowing for professionals like yourselves to debate the appropriate (or inappropriate) application of current strength and conditioning programs and techniques is necessary for the progression of the entire industry. Without healthy debate there can be no progress. As Adam so… Continue

Added by David Harris on February 18, 2012 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

The Child Obesity Plague

In a recent study released today, 1 in 6 children are considered "obese".  This isn't a new revelation and I'd venture to say that the results of this study made few raise an eyebrow given that the sight of overweight children seems to move closer to the norm with every passing year.  

I'll stop short of saying that it's become an "acceptable" norm as I'd like to continue to believe the percentage of society that doesn't believe overweight children is acceptable still…


Added by David Harris on January 17, 2012 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

NSCA Bulletin 33.07 is available

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 33.07, concerning the month of July 2011. Among other topics, new in this bulletin you will find:

  • NSCA Journal's 2010 Impact Factors
  • Recertification Winners Announced
  • Learn how to complete CEUs through Home Study Courses
  • NSCA International Collaboration Grant update
  • Updates Regarding NSCA Awards Programs and Events
  • And more....
To view and/or…

Added by David Harris on October 9, 2011 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Congratulations to LSU Coach Tommy Moffitt

LSU’s Tommy Moffitt wins the 2011 Strength Performance College Coach’s Choice Award. The announcement was made on Friday, September 2nd outside the Georgia Dome the day before the Kickoff Classic between Georgia and Boise State.



Added by Strength Performance on September 6, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Wake Forest Names Greg Brittenham Director of Athletic Performance for Men's and Women's Basketball

Wake Forest Athletics reports:


Aug. 26, 2011


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former New York Knicks assistant coach Greg Brittenham has…


Added by Strength Performance on August 29, 2011 at 12:02am — No Comments

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