Whether you work in a team gym or a private facility, there are plenty of steps you can take and solutions you can implement to save time—for yourself, other coaches, clients, and/or athletes. Coach Shane Davenport offers up eight hacks for strength and conditioning coaches that have worked well for him.
Whether you are interested in a max effort/velocity testing station, a learn-to-train tool for your physical therapy practice, or a self-spotting rack to ease your mind and allow large groups to train in a smaller setting, the XPT Trainer has the potential to fit your needs. Coach Shane Davenport reviews this piece of equipment and presents some alternative uses for it, in addition to using it to train concentrically.
Technology doesn’t make a coach’s job obsolete, it makes us more effective and productive. This article shows how adding simple feedback technology can help you design better workouts for your athletes. Letting the sports technology do the monkey work and focusing on doing what you do best as a coach will improve your results.
The kPulley machine is relatively new in the training world, so coaches who are not familiar with all of the exercise options will want to know movements that are best suited for this modality. In this article, Coach Davenport outlines why and how he uses the kPulley with his athletes, including five exercises he recommends for strength and rehabilitation.
Medicine balls are already a staple in most training programs, so using them to test and assess athletic power seems like a natural progression. Coach Shane Davenport presents the value of, and science behind, testing with medicine balls, as well as the throw variations athletes can use for coaches to test specific power.
Electronic timing is a reliable way to see how fast an athlete can run from point A to point B, providing an exact measure for times when numbers matter. The Dashr system is simple and effective, and a great starting point for most coaches. Coach Davenport elaborates on the importance of timing in a speed development program, and evaluates the Dashr system as a coaching tool.
While the strength-specific science on the use of accommodating resistance continues to grow, its implementation is still disappointingly slow. Coach Shane Davenport provides practical applications for accommodating resistance to use with college and professional athletes at nearly all levels, and busts the myth that this type of specialized training is only for the elite.
Even with the popularity of force plates and contact grids, the Just Jump contact mat still has plenty of value. Here are some pointers for using the jump system, as well as recommendations for the athlete populations that benefit from it the most.
While there has been some research comparing flywheel training to conventional training, we still have much to learn about using flywheels in training sessions. This article shows you how to use flywheel training to get meaningful and purpose-driven results in athlete performance.
Coach Shane Davenport presents his top five flywheel exercises for sports performance, including the specific reason he recommends them, how to get the most out of each rep, and the nuances that set each apart from their barbell or dumbbell counterparts.