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How to Perform a Strength Warmup

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

  Something I get asked all the time is how to structure warmup sets for the major lifts. This may include but is not limited to: Bench Press, Deadlift, Squat, Front Squat, Overhead Press, Barbell Rows, or any variation of these lifts. Structuring the warmup set is an important consideration, a properly structured warmup set allows for a greater performance …

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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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5 Ways Alcohol Undermines Your Workout

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Editor’s note: This article discusses the negative effects of alcohol consumption on athletes. If you are under the legal drinking age, you shouldn’t drink alcohol under any circumstances.   Alcohol ruins workouts. Even a single drink can make a difference. What’s more significant is the number of high school and college athletes who expose themselves to parties and social gatherings where …

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Build Explosive Power With Cluster Sets

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When designing a strength and conditioning program to improve performance, the most important aspect is to introduce appropriate training variables in a systematic and logical order. This ensures that we stimulate the improvement of specific physical capacities. Planned variation is an important factor for the program to encourage adaptation, avoid overtraining, potentiate subsequent training phases, promote recovery and elevate performance. …

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Olympic Lifting or Jump Training, Which Makes you Faster?

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  There is no shortage of opinions on both Olympic weightlifting when it comes to the development of athletes. Typically coaches fall into camps where they will either be for or against the use of Olympic weightlifting movements for athletes. If you find yourself against the use of Olympic lifting for athletes you may be interested in an article I …

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Build Strength and Size with Rest Pause Training

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In a strength and conditioning program, coaches manipulate sets, reps and weight to achieve certain results. But other variables also come into play, including tempo, rest time, range of motion and exercise order. Creative manipulation allows a coach to inject some of his or her own personality into every program.  One system I find myself repeatedly coming back to is …

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Strength Coach Concussion Primer: Part II

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In my last post on concussions I outlined  the signs and symptoms that the strength and conditioning coach should be looking for in athletes who may have suffered head trauma. I also expanded on the importance of the strength coach as the first line of defence in referring said athlete to a medical professional, for treatment. Signs, symptoms, what to look for, and return to …

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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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How Long Should I Rest to Get Bigger and Stronger?

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Rest times are often one of those programming variables that are easy to overlook. If you are anything like me you have fallen into a routine at the gym, and just train with little thought about the amount of time of your workout or between exercises. One of the primary reasons for working out is to either increase size, strength …

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Progressing Core Training For Baseball Performance

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Baseball / Softball are unique in their physical demands. These sports require high levels of power in a variety of planes. Most notably is the ability to generate rotational power during the act of throwing, or hitting. At the centre of all of this is the trunk or core as it is commonly referred. The baseball athlete needs a tremendous …