While the fundamental goals for coaching at the pro and college levels are essentially the same, the strategies for achieving these goals can be quite different. Coach Bob Alejo talks about the differences and similarities he found between the two levels of sport, especially as they had to do with strength and conditioning, and the athletes themselves.
Many programs dedicate time to specifically train grip. But just how important is grip strength to athletic performance, and would an athlete have a glaring weakness without it? Coach Bob Alejo looks to his experience, and years of research studies, for the answers.
All too often, debates on social media get heated and personal. Coaches can have educational and enlightening conversations on Twitter and other platforms by highlighting facts over opinions and experience over emotion. Coach Bob Alejo presents what to say and what not to say in an online debate.
Coach Alejo draws on research studies, and his own years of experience, to discuss the myths and misconceptions associated with training overhead athletes. He also looks at the best ways to preserve and promote muscular balance and health in the throwing shoulder.
Nobody could deny that athletics is big business these days, especially at the collegiate and professional levels. Therefore, strength and conditioning practitioners need to run their unit like a business, and a brand. Coach Alejo presents detailed steps to do just that, including changes you should make to your handbook, performance reviews, staff education, and much more.
Coach Bob Alejo presents his solutions to fixing a problem in the strength and conditioning field, and they begin with the appointment of an experienced S&C professional to a senior staff position.
If you work with collegiate, professional, or elite athletes, you may already use some form of instability training with them. But does it really improve performance outcomes? Coach Bob Alejo examines the research and comes to a strong conclusion.
Coaches may say or believe they individualize programs when they actually don’t. Coach Bob Alejo explains what it means to tailor training programs to individual athletes, as well as recommendations of how to do it, when to do it, and who to do it for.
Low repetition ranges and heavier weights in-season works for every sport. Coach Bob Alejo finds that high-intensity work emphasizes strength, defeats fatigue, and limits soreness and injury. In this article, he shares his in-season major league baseball program and applies his ideas to other sports.
These days, there are many ways to skip the basics when it comes to strength and conditioning: rushing the training process, ignoring the science, focusing on technology over nutrition, etc. Coach Alejo makes an argument for getting back to the basics, presenting three specific scenarios as teaching points.