Squat Lunge Complexes

Barbell Squat-Lunge Complexes are a great way to increase lower-body strength and stability. They also provide a high degree of athletic crossover. They impact vertical leap, both bilateral and unilateral, and improve sprint power, coordination under load, overall strength and athletic durability. Whether you use a Squat to Reverse Lunge, like Jose is doing here… Continue reading Squat Lunge Complexes

Joints and Dysfunction

Joint mobility is a curious thing. Not enough mobility in a specific joint creates a kinetic “chain reaction” which increases the mobilization requirement of another joint, usually directly above or below the immobile joint. Take hip mobility, for example. When the hips get stiff and immobile, whether from injury, overuse or a massive dose of… Continue reading Joints and Dysfunction

Footwork Training for Athletes

Want quicker feet on your football lineman (or any football player?) Give them a soccer ball! Such a simple activity – the “Soccer Tap,” provides great footwork training, as well as some metabolic conditioning. The rules: 1. One foot must be on the ball when the other is on the floor. 2. Don’t lose control… Continue reading Footwork Training for Athletes

What Commitment Looks Like, Part 1

The OHL season just ended last week for Cam Dineen. Coming off MCL surgery and rehab in Canada, he did what committed, high-performance athletes do. He got back to work! Since the best hockey players are built off the ice, he knew where to start. Excited to have him back and looking forward to making… Continue reading What Commitment Looks Like, Part 1

Movement Skill Reinforcement and Fitness Results

Skill reinforcement. That’s the name of the game for real, sustainable training. Whether your goal is general fitness, weight/fat loss or high-level athletic performance like Jose (a starting pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization,) reinforcing movement and athletic skills makes all the difference, and delivers results. Every. Single. Time. Too often we blindly pursue the… Continue reading Movement Skill Reinforcement and Fitness Results

“Bulletproof” your knees, part 1

Want “bullet-proof” knees? Learn to manage frontal plane forces (yes, transverse plane, too, but I’m talking frontal plane here.) Here, Cam is working on Band-resisted Shuffles with controlled return steps, which allow her to develop frontal plane stabilization strength by managing a frontal plane load on a single leg. It works well for her because… Continue reading “Bulletproof” your knees, part 1

Skill-based Conditioning for Sports

Coaches…when programming activities for conditioning, why not use activities that build desired skills, create effective athletic conditioning AND have a “fun factor?” This competitive relay incorporates linear speed, reactive/plyometric training, footwork and change of direction. And…it’s FUN! Teams compete to complete the course the most times in a given time frame. Quality of completion is… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Sports