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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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Things to Add to Your Gym Bag

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

  There are some of us that like the minimal gym bag with a t-shirt, a pair of runners, and a towel. However, if your gym bag is anything like mine you have acquired a lot of training items over the years. Sometimes having the right training items can add appeal to going to the gym for a workout when …

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Predictors of Sports Speed

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

Sports speed is perhaps one of the most coveted qualities in athletics. Faster athletes get to the ball quicker, and score more goals. Just about every athlete I have ever worked with has asked to be faster and for good reason every sport needs speed. When we look at speed we are constantly searching for the holy grail of speed …

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Improve Tackling Ability in the Weight Room

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

I have previously written about the benefits of in season training. In season training allows for better performance at the end of the season compared to athletes who do not train. Using resisted sprint training during the in season helps to maintain or improve speed during the season. One thing that often goes along with in season training is that we …

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Awesome Exercises: Landmine Squat

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

Having trouble getting your athletes to squat well? Getting someone to squat perfectly can sometimes be a challenge. With the differences in the body, mobility restrictions and strength levels some athletes will have a hard time perfecting this movement. Even with these issues, it is still my goal to help every athlete that I work with learn to squat effectively …

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Training Masks YAY or NAY?

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

  Are training masks effective? Lately you have been browsing through youtube, high intensity training websites and instagram and see some of your favourite athletes with these masks on their faces training. What gives? They are altitude masks, or training masks as they are commonly referred. The idea here is that these masks simulate hypoxic training (high altitude environment), in …

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Ankle Mobility & Jump Height

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

  How does ankle mobility affect jump height? Often when coaches look to improve athletes jump height they look immediately at lower body strength and power. This is for good reason as both of these have a significant impact on an athlete’s ability to jump higher. As previously discussed both jump training and Olympic lifting improve lower body power and …

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Write Your Own Workout: Steps For a Balanced Plan

In Blog, Featured, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Uncategorized, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

  For anyone who does not currently have a coach or trainer writing your own workout plan can be a daunting task. Fortunately there are steps you can take to ensure that your plan is balanced and can help you reach the goals you want. The best way to ensure that you will be getting the results you want is …

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Vertical Jump Exercise: How to Improve Your Ability to Fly

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

Vertical jump might be the king of athletic movements. Sport performance coaches use the vertical jump as a predictor of athletic performance. The vertical jump is also commonly referred to as the countermovement jump (CMJ).  This test has been shown to correlate well to speed, and athleticism. If I could only perform one test to find the best athlete on …

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In Season Training: Yes You Should Train!

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  In season training may be just the thing you need for that playoff victory. Too often I see a lot of athletes that will stop training during their sports seasons. A lot of excuses get tossed around from, “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have enough time”, etc. That is exactly what all of these amount to … Excuses. There is …

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

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

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 …