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Why You Should Create Your Own Strength Software in Excel

In all, Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell

  When I first started developing strength and conditioning programs, I would stare at a piece of paper for hours, trying to put exercises together. I had no idea where to start. I would eventually scribble something down, erase it a few times, and then in the end, finalize something for that specific client. I kept thinking to myself, there …

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Warm Up Sets: For the Squat / Bench Press / and Deadlift

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The most overlooked aspects in training are the warm up sets. Typically the main exercise of each workout, omitting the Olympic lifts is going to be a variation on the BIG 3. The Big 3 consists of the Bench Press, Back Squat, and Deadlift. Athletes and non-athletes will select exercises and their variations (incline bench, overhead press, RDLs, front squats, etc) in an …

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3 Essential Training Tactics for Offensive Linemen

In all, Blog, Nutrition, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

The offensive line is the lifeblood of every football team, but let’s face it, the big guys up front rarely get any glory. For the most part, playing on the offensive line is a thankless and gritty job. It’s an all-encompassing position because the modern offensive lineman is expected to be big, quick and strong. Consequently, an offensive lineman workout …

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3 Effective Alternatives to Olympic Weightlifting Lifts

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Traditional Olympic lifts can be adapted and used in strength and conditioning programs to develop speed, power and strength. These lifts offer unique opportunities to blend load and speed in movements that are hard to replicate. Olympic lifts typically have the highest power outputs of any strength and conditioning exercises—between 50 and 80 percent of your 1RM, compared to between …

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Guest Post: The Smallest Worthwhile Change

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Another Post From Strength and Performance Coach. Cory Kennedy, M.Sc. You can find Cory on His Website at Razorsedgeperformance.ca.   There is a concept in high performance of the smallest worthwhile change. It is a concept born out in statistics about what type of intervention is necessary to change your placing in competition. For example, the 100m dash in the …

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Creating a Great Pre-Workout Meal

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I often am asked what to eat in order to have a kick ACE training session. Usually this is highly dependent on the individual however there are a few rules that you can follow to help maximize the pre-workout meal effectiveness. So let me outline my list for effective pre-workout meal strategies. Include a Source of Protein It goes without …

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Working With the Female Athlete: Part 2

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In part 1, we discussed the need for a structured strength and conditioning program in order to reduce the incidence of all injury. If you missed it you can find it [HERE]. With this piece we will attempt to explore specific training that has been used successfully in the minimization of ACL injuries in female populations. It should also be …

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Another Ankle Article … Yeah Another One

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It seems like every day I am helping someone correct their squat pattern. A lot of time this is due to poor ankle range of motion. A lot of training programs are very good at focusing on the chest, legs, core, and other major muscle groups. A lot of these smaller issues tend to get lost in the shuffle. I …

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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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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

In all, Blog, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

  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 …