Coaching: There Are Truisms…

Over the years, I have moved into coaching special needs athletes. For me it began by having a child with special needs and wanting to help out in things that he is involved in, and it has progressed over the years. As I also teach special education, over time this has become a bigger and bigger coaching focus for me to the point where this is almost all that I coach nowadays. So, this blog is not going to be...

Athletes Need Strength

A lot of my social media posts talk about the importance of strength for athletes. For me, this is an important prerequisite ability to be successful in speed, changing directions, jumping, throwing, kicking, hitting, in fact just about everything that our athletes do. With this article we’re going to talk about why strength is important, how it should be developed, and diminishing returns.   Reasons why strength is important for everyone: Running, jumping, and changing directions are about exerting force...

The Kettlebell Press is Important for Athletic Strength

The standing kettlebell press is one of the best kettlebell exercises for an athlete’s upper body strength. This exercise works the muscles of the shoulder, triceps, and develops a strong core to support the weight overhead. Additionally, as we’ll discuss later, it also allows for a great many variations. In this article we’re going to talk about how to perform the exercise, make some programming recommendations/examples, and talk about modifications.   Who needs to use this exercise: This exercise is...

Supersets: For More Than Just Bodybuilders

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Supersets have been around bodybuilding circles for a long time. Basically, supersets involve pairing two exercises and performing sets of them in an alternating fashion with little rest between them. For example, push-ups and bench press. Perform a set of push-ups then a set of bench press, continue alternating.   It can be done with similar muscle groups (the example above) or with opposing muscle groups. In that circumstance, one might superset dips and pull-ups.   The benefit of supersets...

Basketball: Not Every Position is Equal

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Basketball has three types of positions; guards, forwards, and centers. Guards tend to have better ball handling skills, are good passers, set up the offense, and can be good perimeter shooters. Forwards tend to be more versatile athletes and are able to get to the basket for lay ups and draw fouls. Centers are the big men and play low.   Puente et al had an interesting study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research to examine if...