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Growing up on a farm in Lincoln County, North Carolina you learn many valuable lessons that our kids in today’s society, including mine, are missing out on. You learn the value of hard work by sowing and reaping, planning and building, gathering and harvesting and being a little more self-sufficient. These lessons are paired with the work and determination it takes to complete these tasks…

 

 

On a farm when you learn to walk and talk and eat solid food, you begin working on that farm.  That farm teaches you many lessons that the general population is missing out on.  It teaches you time management, because the job must get done or the animals, nor you get to eat.  It teaches you hard work and how to work in tough environments…

 

 

Growing up on a farm I got very familiar working with different types of machinery and tools. If your tools are not in top working order, then it makes your job that much harder. It is always better to take the time to ensure the maintenance, safety and efficiency are in place before you begin your body of work. This reminds me of the axe…

 

 

As farms and working outside fade away in our modern culture, what do we do to ensure the proper development of our future generations? My answer would be a strength and conditioning program. Many of the injuries we have these days are a result of kids not having a baseline of work before playing sports…

 

 

T he New York Times wrote an article on the benefits of weight training for children. They found that back in the 1970’s researchers in Japan studied child laborers and discovered that among their many misfortunes, the juvenile workers tended to be abnormally short. Physical labor, the researchers concluded, with its hours of lifting and moving heavy weights had stunted the children’s growth…

 

 

Now that we are in the Fall season of competition, athletes and coaches will step onto the field of play, to seek a prize for all the training that was put in during the off-season. For many of these athletes this started in December when the season was complete. This body of work includes specific nutrition training plans, extensive strength training sessions…

 

 

I n the field of strength and conditioning, force is the foundation of much of our work. Force production is involved in everything we do in terms of human movement, and is one of the primary physical capabilities we work to improve throughout a student-athlete’s career. “Force = Mass x Acceleration” is an elementary physics equation which allows…

 

 

Jim sits drenched in sweat having just finished his second workout of the day. He can’t help but think of running out of the tunnel in an NFL uniform. The money will buy his mom a new home. The fame will validate him from the haters that said he never lived up to the hype that followed him to college. Maybe he never pushed like this before…

 

 

In the first part of this article we identified the importance of understanding the athlete’s story and our role as coaches in that story. We also shined a light on emerging adults and the stressors that this groups faces in a unique period of their lives. There is a growing body of research that is identifying many of the hurdles that must be overcome and…

 

 

PULL THE ROPE is the foundation of the Byrnes High School Rebels Speed and Strength Program. We constantly challenge any and all teams to PULL THE ROPE during their training session. As incoming middle school athletes, we ask them, “If you were hanging on the edge of a cliff, tired and about to fall, which of your teammates …

 

 

I once heard a pastor preach on how life is a journey. In his message he expressed how people forget about how life is a journey and forget that everyone’s journey is different. He talked about people taking the wrong paths of life and how those decisions negatively affected them from that point through eternity. He preached about the opposing decision of living right…

 

 

I’m Mike Gentry. It was my great fortune to have had a career that was also my love. I think to be successful as a strength and conditioning coach; you should have an authentic love of training. The requirements of the profession are very demanding and continue to increase; to meet these time and effort measures, you’d better love the kids and the iron…

 

 

K.I.S.S …Keep It Simple Stupid! When I first got into coaching this was not the motto I followed. Coming from a personal training background where I felt an obligation to ‘wow’ the client, I thought the best way to get ‘buy-in’ from my athletes was to show them some exercises that would grab their interest. After all, when you’re competing against cross-fit…

 

 

AS Director of Strength and Conditioning at North Greenville University, I want to share my testimony on how I built a weight room culture from scratch. I am truly blessed to be in the unique situation I am in today. As a senior at North Greenville University I never thought I would be looking for a job after a successful career in football. As any other kid, I thought I was destined…

 

 

Coming on staff as Director of Olympic Strength and Conditioning I have had the pleasure to work with the female athletes not only in a team setting but also on an individual level. As a college student I was blessed with the opportunity to play Volleyball at North Greenville. That experience has enabled me to connect with the athletes and learn how to motivate them within the same 5 pillars…

 

 

As we enter the New Year of 2018, I looked back at what God has brought me through the past 24 years. I turned 42 on January 10th and I am starting my 25th year in college athletics. This includes playing and coaching. It is amazing as I see how all my peers (coaches, teammates, and former players who I was coached by, played with or even coached) have grown and moved on to coach…

 

 

I have always heard when you face new changes, you will face new challenges. I think we can also say when you face new challenges, there will be a new change. I have had the opportunity and I am blessed to have served as a coach at the high school and collegiate level. Last year I faced a new…

 

 

As a S&C Coach, I primarily work with high school team sports. One of the biggest programming mistakes I see is coaches conditioning their players in ways that do not replicate the sport’s demands. How many times have you seen a coach directing the team to run (jog) laps? How about back-to-back gassers that in no way replicate the conditioning demands of…

 

 

Sometimes as strength coaches it’s easy to get wrapped up in our work and easily forget what our priorities are in life. We are a different breed that are meticulous, highly motivated, over worked and sometimes feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day to get the job done. We genuinely care about our student athletes, schools, and programs and their success, so much so, that we…

 

 

Sometimes as strength coaches it’s easy to get wrapped up in our work and easily forget what our priorities are in life. We are a different breed that are meticulous, highly motivated, over worked and sometimes feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day to get the job done. We genuinely care about our student athletes, schools, and programs and their success, so much so, that we…

 

 

10 COACHING STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE YOUR STRENGTH PROGRAM: 1. Accept responsibility for the success of your program. 2. Be present. You can’t coach from the office. You must be physically present at each workout. 3. Go over the rules and expectations of the program and facility before any training begins. Include a written copy. Be consistent in your enforcement of the rules. Make safety first…

 

 

Two great exercises that may have lost some of their “sexy” but are still super productive and effective are pull-up variations and dip variations. Both exercises require minimal equipment and can be started by beginners with assistance from an exercise band or manual assistance from a training partner if needed. Both exercises can be performed as bodyweight…
 

 

 

In-season training is necessary if your team wants to finish the season strong. The focus of the season obviously has to be on actual game competitions and sports practice. While your younger players who are not contributing as much on the game field will be more apt to…
 

 

 

Back in the days of flip phones and pagers, I found myself an enthusiastic 18-year-old “man-boy” with my first training credential in hand. I had just undergone my initial formal learning experience that supported my own experience of training as an athlete…
 
 
 

1. Show up. Do your best. “Do your best, where you are, with what you have, right now.”
T. Roosevelt. “The big time is wherever you are.” E. Johnson 2. Create the Special. There must be Pride in the Unit. “Nothing is special…
 

 

 

Surely, I would want to begin by building biomechanical command. What signature progressions might I devise to develop these ideas? Now don’t get me wrong; I did have my regular fitness clients and they paid very well, but I made the decision to…
 
 
 
 
 

We have so many options available to us as strength and conditioning coaches in 2018; we must analyze and prioritize our training methods based on the age and experience of the athlete, time of the training year relative to the sports season, training…
 
 
 
 
 

What motivates your athletes to train intensely? Are extrinsic rewards such as trophies, varsity letters, newspaper notoriety, social media stardom or a championship ring the motivating factors that fuel your athletes? In my opinion, the key to success…
 
 
 
 

Most of us in the high school and collegiate athletic ranks share the need for more revenue to fund our athletic programs. With the multiplicity of needs in an athletic department, the strength and conditioning program’s needs are often not seen as the highest…
 
 
 
 

This time of year, every coach who is trying to improve their program is out beating the bushes trying to bring funds into their strength and conditioning program. I have been on both sides of the fence.…
 

 

 

If the question is; “Coach, what do you do for speed?”  The honest answer is, almost everything we do affects our athlete’s speed.I recently heard a Head Div. 1 Head Football Coach that I respect say you guys can get them bigger and stronger but…
 
 
 
 
 

Flexible barbells are becoming a major player in today’s world of Strength and Conditioning. While the concept of flexible and dynamic training devices is not new; a flexible barbell that can be loaded with weight…
 
 
 
 
 

The title of this blog represents my philosophy of evaluation of training methods.  Look for the best in whatever you’re studying, what’s useful and applicable to you and your situation. Like most coaches, I’m always interested in finding a better way to…
 
 

I had the opportunity to go NHSSCA National Conference at Noblesville High School outside of Indianapolis, Indiana last weekend. It was a great experience in which the leadership of the NHSSCA led by…
 
 

We have no secrets in this coaching business. Everyone has taken and learned from someone else. When I was a young coach, I read every…
 
 

I love the strength industry because we provide the tools that help athletes realize “their” dreams. Whether an athlete's dream is to play college sports, professional sports or just be the best player they…
 
 
 
 

One event in my life truly showed me the importance of this new family I was creating throughout my coaching career. In 2013 the Lord blessed me with a miracle. I had…