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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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5 Ways to Squat More in 2015

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This is a re-post of an article I wrote earlier this year. It’s the start of the New Year and many people are just making their new year’s resolutions. Most health and fitness facilities are already getting busier. However there are a select few who train year round, their new year’s resolutions are not to start working out, or lose …

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Working with the Female Athlete Part 1: Injuries and the ACL

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What benefits will strength and conditioning programs offer for the female athletes? In part 1 I will be discussing the role of the strength and conditioning program on INJURY REDUCTION in female populations. More specifically we will center upon the reduction of ACL injuries in female athletics. Unfortunately many females still do not understand the benefits of a properly designed …

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Lift… Rest… Lift… Rest… GROW?? (Rest Pause Training)

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Rest Pause training is quickly becoming one of my favorite methods for muscle hypertrophy.  The beauty of rest pausing is that it will allow you to lift a weight for more reps in a given set then you could typically lift before you hit failure. Why is this important? Well reaching muscle failure ensures that you are breaking down a …

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Core and Instability Training – Circus Act, or Performance Fact?

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It is becoming impossible to talk about strength and conditioning without someone mentioning “CORE” training. The notion that in order to have functional sports training you must train the core specifically is not only wrong, but is leading to many problems and imbalances in today’s poorly trained athletes.  Before we delve into this, let’s first examine the classical thinking behind “core” training. …

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Bands and Chains… What happened to more plates?

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This is a topic that has been on my mind for quite some time. Recently, I have begun to see an increase in the use of bands, chains and other forms of accommodating resistance with beginner and intermediate lifters. I see this type of training as gimmicky and believe that it misses the point of what these methods are intended …