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The Evaluation of a Strength and Conditioning Coach: A Process-Based Profession in an Outcome-Based System

Just over a year ago, I wrote an article titled What is Really Wrong with Strength and Conditioning. The article received a lot of positive feedback, which I am grateful for.

The overall message of the article was simple in stating but a bit more complicated in explanation. In basic terms, no one has figured out how to objectively evaluate the strength…


Added by Mark Watts on October 14, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments

Why Strength Coaches Quit and Why the People that Hired them Don't Care

With no objective methods to evaluate strength & conditioning coaches and not many administrators qualified to do so; the profession is devalued from saturation and immeasurement.

Just over a year ago, I wrote an article titled What is Really Wrong with Strength and Conditioning. The article received a lot of positive feedback,…


Added by Mark Watts on August 19, 2016 at 9:51am — 2 Comments

Bringing Westside to West Point

So, here I am living out of a car and sleeping on a couch, but coaching at the most historically significant institution of higher learning in the country. It was my dream job. My military background combined with the high quality character of these cadets made it a great situation for me. I knew what these young men and women are up against once they graduate and knew how to balance their military training with the athletic strength & conditioning due to my familiarity with the…


Added by Mark Watts on January 13, 2016 at 10:28am — No Comments

Evolution of a Strength Coach: The 4 Stages of Maturity

Coaching and teaching are the two most important jobs in this country. No other profession allows mentors to hold young people accountable to others through their actions and behaviors. We need strong coaches that coach for the right reasons. You may not sell as many eBooks or get as many likes, but the impact you make will overshadow all external rewards.

Coaching is a selfless profession which requires more sacrifice and less ego than any other.…


Added by Mark Watts on December 22, 2015 at 10:23am — No Comments

Olympic Lifting for Athletic Performance

A comprehensive look at Coaching, Cueing, Context, and Carryover with the Olympic lifts along with Positions, Progressions, and Programming for Sports Performance.

Overall, the Olympic lifts can be excellent training modalities to increase explosive…


Added by Mark Watts on November 6, 2015 at 10:02pm — No Comments

How to Implement Auto-Regulatory Training in a Team Setting

The Elitefts™ Sports Performance Coach Education Series is a comprehensive educational resource for coaches in the collegiate, high school, professional, and private settings. This series will take a fundamental approach to various topics that will enable coaches the additional skills to enhance their coaching abilities, improve…


Added by Mark Watts on August 7, 2015 at 8:12pm — No Comments

How Do You Get Your Athletes Fast?

So there's this thing called Twitter, where you can share your thoughts in 140 characters or less. The benefit is can share small chunks of info and that can be digested and internalized very easily. The negative is that you can sound very vague, opinionated, and downright arrogant.

I've tweeted over 2400 times and there have been plenty that I…


Added by Mark Watts on July 18, 2015 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Summer Training for Football (with 8-Week Program)

Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport in this country. The violent, physical nature of the game played at high velocity is responsible for attracting so many viewers. It is also the reason that physical development is so imperative for football players. Football is one of the few sports that cannot be played year-round, but must be trained year-round in order to be competitive. No other sport places off-season training at such a high level.…


Added by Mark Watts on May 6, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

What is Really Wrong with Strength and Conditioning

This is an issue that won't be solved anytime soon. maybe I have made a bigger deal of it than most. But, I believe true dialogue will benefit all coaches to improve this profession.

Added by Mark Watts on April 27, 2015 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Becoming a Mentor to Young Coaches

The goal of this video is to help coaches develop a comprehensive and meaningful curriculum to serve as a guideline to mentor and develop young, aspiring strength and conditioning professionals.

Added by Mark Watts on April 16, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

How to Find a Strength and Conditioning Job

You don't go from college graduate to Buddy Morris overnight. Here's a step-by-step guide to building a career in the most cut-throat profession.

The elitefts™ Sports Performance Coach Education Series is a comprehensive educational…


Added by Mark Watts on April 7, 2015 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

4 Thoughts on Accommodating Resistance

Accommodating resistance has been one of the most misused training tools. Once popularized by Louie Simmons and the WSBB method, now you will see bands and chains at every school and training facility. The issue I always have with noobs using bands and chains is always in the intention of application.  Most people are using bands and chains for social media purposes and not for the training effect. How do I know if you are using them correctly?…


Added by Mark Watts on March 25, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Debunking Dynamic Effort: 4 Ways to Enhance Your Speed Sets

The dynamic effort method is one of three methods documented by Dr. Vladimir Zatskorsky and popularized by Louie Simmons. The basic premise is that in order to create tension you must either lift as heavy as possible for that repetition range, lift submaximal weights as fast as possible, or lift submaximal weights for as many repetitions as possible.…


Added by Mark Watts on March 23, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

Are you Just Winging it? 4 Ways to Improve your Training Session

The Basic Process of Learning that Strength Coaches Neglect to Implement

There is a large amount of coaches who at the end of the day, wonder if they are really making a difference with their athletes. Is the amount of time they are spending with their athletes meaningful? Are the training sessions designed appropriately to get the most out of every athletes with the time allotted.  Believe me, I would ask my self that question frequently. The more I learned, the more…


Added by Mark Watts on March 17, 2015 at 10:57am — No Comments

Individual Training in a Team Setting

One of the biggest challenges for coaches at the collegiate and high school level is individualizing programming in a large team setting. Coaches who implement some type of needs analysis for their athletes often find that the escape from a cookie-cutter program is more difficult than anticipated. Most likely, this is not due to lack of knowledge or experience (although this can add to the dilemma), but instead to limitations in space, staffing, scheduling, and equipment. More often than…


Added by Mark Watts on July 22, 2014 at 9:40am — No Comments

An In-Season Training Guide for Baseball Pitchers

Baseball season is in full swing and every team’s success no matter the level depends upon consistent, quality pitching. The ability of a pitcher to throw consistently without losing velocity is imperative. Subsequently, pitchers staying healthy may be the single most important factor for a team’s success.

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Added by Mark Watts on June 12, 2014 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

S&C Industry Leaders Talk Shop

As the National Strength and Conditioning Association Ohio State Director, I am responsible for organizing the state clinic every year. This year, there was no doubt we had one of the most prolific speaker line-ups of any state clinic. Presenting this year at the Ohio State University RPAC was Dan John,…


Added by Mark Watts on June 3, 2014 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Tips to Crush the Combine Tests

It is that time of year where all eyes are in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. Where numbers rule and fractions of seconds can mean the difference between millions of dollars; all eyes on a battery of performance tests. The NFL Network devotes and entire week of coverage and now that it is concluded; analysts will debate over the meaning of the results from now until the NFL draft in May. The combine is a big deal for players, coaches, and owners alike. The amount of emphasis placed on the…


Added by Mark Watts on March 13, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

Elitefts Three Questions with Dennis Cuturic

After meeting with Dennis Cuturic at a Starbucks outside the A.J. Palumbo Center, two things stood out about him—his passion and his enthusiasm for strength and conditioning.  Cuturic has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Dukes’ men’s and women’s basketball teams for the past four years. Before arriving at Duquensne, Cuturic was an assistant at his alma mater Cleveland State and was a graduate assistant at Utah State earning a master’s degree in corporate wellness.…


Added by Mark Watts on December 21, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

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