This article describes my strategy for teaching the hang snatch exercise to incoming collegiate freshmen. This exercise was included in most of their training programs in some capacity. In a recent blog titled “Making a Case for the Front Squat: What, Why and How” I discussed the merits of the teaching the front squat when
This article shares our response to commonly asked questions about olympic lift variations including: What is the value of including the Olympic lifts in an athlete’s training? What is our reason for doing these exercises? Why do we practice the Olympic lifts, measure bar speed on the traditional “strength” lifts, do vertical and horizontal jump
I’d like to make a case for inclusion of the front squat exercise into your athletic strength and conditioning program. I was introduced to the front squat while a high school student. A powerlifter that used the front squat as an auxiliary exercise taught me the lift with the “clean” or Olympic style grip. I
As you develop your training philosophy and methodology, you will be exposed to different ideas. Here are some questions you might ask yourself as you determine if new or different methods are right for your kids and your program. You are the gatekeeper for your program. 1. Do these training methods make sense to you?
Good Old Fashioned Hard Work In 1984, while I was a young strength and conditioning coach at East Carolina University, the inventor of the Trap Bar, Al Gerard brought a prototype to our weight room for our use and review. This unique bar allowed the lifter to stand inside a diamond shaped bar, grasp handles
This week, let’s continue the theme of introducing young athletes to power training. Remember that the definition of strength is force X distance, while power, is defined as force X distance divided by time. The difference is the time element. In other words, how fast force can be applied. The term speed strength is often
This article provides a “slow cooker” strategy for power development in young athletes that supports change over time, rather than a “microwave” approach with the potential to cause injury. The Foundation of Power: Strength Building strength is particularly important for young athletes. It’s the foundation to power training and other components of the systemic method
In my opinion, one of the foundational pillars of success as a Strength and Conditioning Coach is a genuine personal love of training. It would be hard to relate to the discipline of training, daily effort and associated residual fatigue without having experienced and appreciated it. A coach that is personally connected to training will