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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 …

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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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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 …