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
Coaching and Leadership
The time limitations that are in place make it even more critical for the strength and conditioning coaches to get the most out of each session. Although the primary job for strength coaches across America is to make their athletes bigger, faster, and stronger; I would argue that the greatest purpose for any strength coach
1. Life isn’t a linear progression, it’s more like undulating periodization. 2. The human shoulder isn’t made for heavy bench pressing, at least not for most of us. 3. Nothing is special if you don’t make it special. 4. Hydration is more important than we think. 5. Don’t judge yourself or others by physique or
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?
It has been my honor and good fortune to know and learn from a true legend in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, Coach Johnny Parker. Coach Parker was a pioneer in our industry following people like Alvin Roy and Lou Riecke. Johnny was the first Strength and Conditioning Coach hired in the Big Ten
Coach John Shuman is an icon. In a time of sensationalism and over-hype it’s great to see a man of consistent blue collar toughness receive recognition for providing genuine value to his institution and the student athletes he’s taught and coached. Coach Shuman started his career at a time when a man stepped up to
As a coach and educator, I worked with athletes, graduate students, coaches and industry leaders for more than three decades. I’ve had the privilege of working with those who consistently finish strong in all areas of their life. But also, had the challenge of seeing those with great potential fall short. What separates the two?
Is resistance training okay for children? When can teenagers start lifting? These are questions frequently asked of strength and conditioning coaches. When I began writing my response, I did so with the intention of pointing out the the well documented differences between the resistance training responses associated with pre- and post-pubescent individuals. Considering Children’s Physical
The team had the “it” factor that all coaches seek. The players were motivated, coachable, and responded on cue. The format was well organized and energetic. The coaches were engaged and supportive. It was a hot July afternoon and I was standing in the weight room at A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, North