Magic Exercises

One of the biggest mistakes I see in the strength and conditioning field is this; coaches getting married to a certain exercise or system and remaining closed-minded. The main thing for coaches to realize is that there are no magic exercises; it simply comes down to selecting the exercise that is the best for the…

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How Much?

One of the most difficult things to change is a culture. Regardless of the sport, many sport coaches share the same dogmatic, culture views that assumes this; “if a little is good, more must be better”. For example, I was talking with a soccer player earlier today who was describing his conditioning schedule for the…

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Overwhelm

My oldest daughter Claire is 4 years old and is lucky enough to have her own room. As a result of having older cousins, grandparents who spoil her rotten, and friends who give her presents; her room is messy! I literally could not walk through her room earlier today. The floor was covered with clothes,…

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Effectiveness

I recorded a boxing match from the other night and finally have some time to watch it while I’m eating breakfast. During the match, I’m listening to the commentators talk about how one fighter has thrown around 100 more punches than the other fighter, so he must be winning the fight, right? Wrong. Another commentator…

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Struggle is Necessary

Our youngest daughter Leah is 4 months old. We’re beginning to place her on her stomach more frequently so she can begin to build strength in her neck and upper back. This natural progression is part of the process prior to crawling. Leah doesn’t like “tummy time” at all. She typically will tolerate it for…

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Tolerance

In the short 4 years that I’ve been a father, I have learned A TON from my daughters. Yesterday was no exception when I was helping my oldest (Claire) get ready for bed. She has a stool that she carries around with her everywhere in the house since she still can’t reach the majority of…

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Do you need more?

One of the most misunderstood training myths out there is that “more is better”. A lot of folks are under the presumption that if a little of something is good, then more must of course be better. Everything is good….to a degree. There is a point at which more is simply unnecessary and actually has…

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Chip Away

There are a lot of misconceptions and myths that exist in the world of strength and conditioning; and I will be addressing some of those over the next few weeks. One of my favorites is that “in order to have the results you want, you have to spend HOURS in the weight room everyday”. This…

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