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Guest Post: The Truth Behind Muscle Confusion

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Today’s post comes from a friend of mine and very talented Strength and Performance Coach. Cory Kennedy, M.Sc. You can find Cory on His Website at Razorsedgeperformance.ca. I love broscience…I used to smile every time I heard something exceptionally ‘unfounded by science’ at Extreme Fitness back in the day. Muscle confusion is one of those great terms. It seemed so ridiculous …

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Quick and Dirty Ankle Mobility

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Lately I have been working with more and more athletes that are restricted in ankle dorsiflexion. This restriction is becoming apparent when my newer athletes are unable to perform a full squat. The fact is that if you have limited ankle dorsiflexion range there is a host of functional movements that you will not be able to perform correctly, and possibly you may be …

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The 3 Things I Wish I Knew About Strength and Conditioning When I Started.

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I have been training full time professionally, for just over 5 years. In this time period I have had the luxury of working with every sort of clientèle imaginable. I have worked with athletes, kids, and regular people of varying skill levels, motivation levels, and aspirations. Their motivation varies from wanting to be more active, too wanting to make it professionally. From these …

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Should We Be In-Season Training?

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With football seasons having just about to get started across the country now, as well as hockey, basketball, volleyball and many other fall/winter sports beginning tryouts it amazes me how many athletes will stop training. Year after year there is a sudden drop off in athletic training as sporting seasons get started. In fact it is like a ghost town …

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5 Reasons You Can’t Squat!

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I often hear that the squat is the king of exercises. While I believe that exercises are tools and should be used for the right situation, let me just say that I think there are a lot of situations that can benefit from a good ole squat. I constantly find myself reaching into my tool box and pulling out the …

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Should We Be Training To Failure?

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What is Training to Failure? With the popularization of high intensity training, Crossfit, and other intense training methods, the idea of training to failure has become increasingly more popular. The idea of working so hard that you cannot possibly complete another rep is seen as an important part of training. However is this necessary in athletic training when we are …

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RAMP Warm-Up Guide: The Complete Warm Up System

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  The Ramp Warm-Up is perhaps the most important piece of the training session. Anyone that knows me knows that I thrive on systems, structure and planning. Thus I am always searching for new systems and structures that allow me to provide a better service to my athletes and clients. A little while back I was struggling with how to …

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What is Cluster Training?

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Perhaps the most important factor in developing a long term training program is that it is designed to introduce appropriate training variables, in a systematic/logical order, so as to stimulate the improvement of specific physiological qualities. Variation is essential in development as it will stimulate adaptation, encourage recovery, avoid overtraining, potentiate subsequent phases, and lead to elevations in performance (1). …

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A Case for Complex Training

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Complex or Contrast training is often referred to as post activation potentiation (PAP). This type of training can be very useful when looking to improve strength and power qualities in a single training session. To use this type of training the common practice is to pair a heavy strength exercise (3-5RM) with a similar higher speed exercise. Some typical examples …

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Optimizing the Training Environment

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I’ve been working with high level athletes for a little over 6 years now and I’ve realized that one of the most important factors in ensuring success for your athletes is setting the right tone in the training environment. I’ve also realized that it’s something that is often overlooked in favor of the meat and potatoes of training (sets, reps, …

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Using Mini-Bands

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As a strength and conditioning coach your toolbox has to be large. That is to say that the amount of different training methods, equipment, and techniques that you use, needs to be varied so you may adapt to any situation. With this in mind I have found myself programming Mini Band exercises lately as a method of improving knee stability, …

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Some Keys to Speed / Change of Direction Training

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I have been in Strength and Conditioning for just over 6 years now and some of the buzz words that parents, athletes, and coaches ask for again and again are quick feet, speed, agility, quickness, and to get faster. There’s no doubt about it, speed is a skill and can be trained. However, like all skills, speed consists of many …