The title of this blog represents my philosophy of evaluation of training methods. Look for the best in whatever you’re studying, what’s useful and applicable to you and your situation. Like most coaches, I’m always interested in finding a better way to do something. A better chance to win. Here are some questions you might
We all want athletes that are flexible and mobile. We want them to have the ability to bend and play with leverage. We also hope that they are coordinated and can quickly get their feet into the best positions for balance and positions of power. I believe that if we teach our athletes, through practice,
So many times I’d hear coaches say that an athlete had stiff hips, or that so and so was a waist bender. It’s hard to be an effective athlete if you can’t bend. Many times it’s the football linemen or basketball player with long legs and a short torso that struggles. By far, the best
If the question is; “Coach, what do you do for speed?” The honest answer is, almost everything we do affects our athlete’s speed. I recently heard a Head Div. 1 Head Football Coach that I respect say you guys can get them bigger and stronger but I’ve got to recruit speed. I considered it a
I encourage you to learn from great leaders of different disciplines. I consider the late four-star Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. a great leader and highly recommend his book; It Doesn’t Take a Hero. Recently, I watched several of his presentations on YouTube. The first address was to the Cadets of West Point, immediately before
Never overlook the simple, effective and easy to administer: Post Workout Chocolate Milk. Regular and chocolate milk have been used for many years as an after exercise supplement by high school and university athletic programs. It’s premixed, safe and effective. Also important is the fact that most kids like the taste. Chocolate milk is a product
1. Show up. Do your best. “Do your best, where you are, with what you have, right now.” T. Roosevelt “The big time is wherever you are.” E. Johnson 2. Create the Special. There must be Pride in the Unit. “Nothing is special, if you don’t make it special.” M. Gentry Create the Environment.
Most of us in the high school and collegiate athletic ranks share the need for more revenue to fund our athletic programs. With the multiplicity of needs in an athletic department, the strength and conditioning program’s needs are often not seen as the highest priority. Understandably, urgency often creates the priority in a cash-starved enterprise.
Pullups and Dips Two great exercises that may have lost some of their “sexy” but are still super productive and effective are pullup variations and dip variations. Both exercises require minimal equipment and can be started by beginners with assistance from an exercise band or manual assistance from a training partner if needed. Both exercises
Creating the Environment 1. Accept responsibility for the success of your program. 2. Be present. You can’t coach from the office. You must be physically present at each workout. 3. Go over the rules and expectations of the program and facility before any training begins. Include a written copy. Be consistent in your enforcement of