Posts Categorized: Sports Performance

Random Observations on Spotting, Core Work, and Speed

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It has been a while since I have done a random thoughts post. I have a few things that I want to discuss but each one probably doesn’t warrant its own post. Most athletes would get stronger without spotters on the bench press Ok so I am just jumping right into this one. I know […]

So You Want to Get Quicker…

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Improving quickness is one of the biggest reasons that athletes will seek out training. Quickness is a great thing because everyone notices it. Opponents, coaches, and scouts will always recognize and respect quickness. I also find quickness to be the biggest area of growth in most athletes. It has the most room for improvement. In […]

Is Lifting Weights Bad for Your Joints?

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A lot of people are apprehensive to lifting weights because of a fear or pain or injury. I think this is a dying idea. I definitely hope it is on its way out. It has been a long time since I have heard the ol’ “Isn’t squatting bad for your knees”? Injuries typically do not […]

4 Strength and Power Exercises for Better Quickness

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The importance of strength and power to training for quickness is often underrated. There is no speed or quickness without a strong, powerful motor. You cannot improve strength and, subsequently, power without resistance training. Resistance training is a big complement to speed and agility training. Athletes need to be able to balance both good technique […]

3 Ways to Use Sleds for Speed Training

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Every time we break out the sleds, the moans and groans are surely to follow. All of our athletes and adults have been through some kind of conditioning with the sleds. This can obviously be really hard. Some people find it to be fun but some people are also crazy. Weight sleds have a lot […]

The Role of Mobility in Preventing Injury

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Mobility is a really important part of the training process. It is something that a lot of athletes need. But just like any good thing, there is also a downside to mobility training. Sometimes, it gets prioritized so much that people forget to actually train. Athletes still need to be strong, quick, fast, and in […]

Why do we Assess Athletes?

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Today, I will be giving a guest lecture at Bridgewater State for students in a fitness testing/evaluation lab. I remember taking the class in college but I don’t remember a lot of what I learned. There was a lot of EKG, bike erg, and other tests that I have not seen since I graduated. Since […]

5 Tips for Avoiding a Hamstring Pull

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Hamstring pulls are one of the more annoying injuries an athlete can suffer. The pain might not be as bad as a collision based injury and the recovery isn’t as bad as an ACL but they are definitely more annoying. The difference with hamstring injuries is that they need time to heal. We have ways […]

How Much Sport Specific Training Do You Need?

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Every so often, I will get an inquiry about training and someone will ask me if we do sport specific training. The answer is yes, but it might not be what most people are looking for. That becomes my follow up question. Most of the time the person doesn’t actually know what they meant when […]

Different Methods to Improve Explosiveness

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Athletes want to be explosive. Coaches and athletes use that word quite a bit but what is it really? Explosive is really powerful. Power is the ability to develop force in a short amount of time. You can develop a lot of force, do it very quickly, or both (most desirable). That is how power […]