There are plenty of simple drills you can do with large groups that allow speed athletes to develop general motor skills and feel full ranges of motion while under control. Coach Graham Eaton breaks them down here, including movement patterns, exercises, and programming.
Former NFL linebacker Brady Poppinga discusses how he overcame the limits of the traditional jump squat for performance training and turned it into an optimal movement for developing power, explosiveness, and speed.
Interested in the typical student-athlete environment of a high school strength and conditioning setting? This week’s Friday Five with Mark Hoover, the strength and conditioning coach for York Comprehensive High School, covers the fundamentals and common challenges that face the modern youth strength coach.
Coaches all keep different preferred exercises in their training toolbox, for various reasons. But the shelf life on some exercises does expire and sometimes other movements are better choices. Coach Carl Valle presents his list of 10 such exercises that strength coaches may want to revisit and reconsider.
After an athlete has trained their specific jumping abilities and reached their ceiling, there are very limited gains to be had by purely focusing on jumping. Instead, Coach Andrew Langford recommends increasing their strength and general force-producing ability, thus increasing their overall capacity to jump higher. In this article, he outlines how to work backwards from the endpoint of the vertical jump, to ensure that all of the relevant foundations of performance are in place.
The back squat can often stymie athletes and coaches coming to it late in the game, especially if steps were skipped during development phases for the athlete. Coach William Wayland focuses on applied coaching challenges and how to overcome them, presenting a progression of squats focused on movement quality over loading strategy.
Medicine ball training is a useful and effective training modality, but it needs purpose and direction behind it. Just throwing a ball against the wall for reps isn’t training—it’s exercising. In this article, Coach Valle presents five tips to ensure that your medicine ball training has value for your athletes.
This week’s Freelap Friday Five covers everything from strength training to speed programming for developing young soccer players. In addition to the S&C factors, Coach Mike Whiteman discusses the need to make sure young athletes are well-rounded, properly rested, and fully educated in the reasoning behind the training methods they undertake.
Coach Matt Cooper explains how the NeuFit Neubie electrical muscle stimulation device differs from other EMS products on the market. Its use of direct current (DC) results in a unique combination of waveforms and frequencies that impact an athlete’s neuromuscular system in a different, and potentially more beneficial, way.
Sprinting at actual (not perceived) maximal velocity is not necessary to get faster, and doing it regularly in training may be counterproductive. Train the underpinning qualities of velocity, chase the relevant speed numbers not the maximal ones, and don’t worry about the athletes who can’t ramp it up in training because they will show up on race day.