While hard work can be its own reward, athletes often get bored performing the same exercises day after day. Coach Mike Snowden suggests three simple strategies that will help strength and conditioning coaches provide the variety necessary to keep athletes engaged, while still maintaining their own training principles.
About Mike Snowden
Mike Snowden is the Men’s Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Alabama. Snowden was previously the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University at Buffalo.
Prior to his time at Buffalo, Snowden had two stints at George Mason University, his alma mater. He also served as the Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant with the VCU Men’s Basketball team. In addition, he has also served in strength and conditioning roles at the University of Maryland, the University of Mary Washington, and Strength & Performance Training Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia.
Snowden graduated from George Mason in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He earned a Master of Education in Sport Leadership from VCU in 2016. Snowden is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He also holds certifications through Precision Nutrition and USA Weightlifting, and a Performance Enhancement Specialist designation through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
A native of Frederick, Maryland, Snowden spent seven years as active-duty military in the Navy. He served on the USS George Washington from 2005–2009 and on Marine Helicopter Squadron One from 2009–12.