strength and conditioning

Achieve Better Sleep with Effective Exercise

Sleep. Those who get enough of it spend a third of their day doing it. Those who don't are constantly searching for a better way to sleep. According to the World Sleep Society, a non-profit... more »

UConn Basketball Names Gavin Roberts Director of Sports Performance

UConn coach Dan Hurley has announced the hiring of Gavin Roberts as the director of sports performance for men's basketball, pending the completion of the university's employee onboarding process. Roberts, 31, has been the head strength and... more »

Increasing your Power Index for Strength & Conditioning

In the sporting world, the main reason for partaking in a strength and conditioning program is to provide a benefit to athletic performance. One of the critical features of a good strength and conditioning program... more »

Merryman’s Upgrade Makes Merry Men of Tech Football

The Virginia Tech Football strength and conditioning center has been transformed into a dynamic training area to meet the current and future needs of the program. This $4.5 million renovation and expansion project nearly doubled... more »

Mobility Exercises to Stay in the Game

Range of motion, or mobility, during exercise varies depending on your goals and outlooks. While bodybuilders may prefer a short range of motion — it can help increase time under tension and help up quicker... more »

5 Kettlebell Exercise to Incorporate into Your Workout

A recent article from BoxRox.com highlighted the benefits of incorporating kettlebell exercises into your training regimen. They are especially good at improving your grip, back, and shoulders, which is why Kettlebells are very popular in the... more »

Brian Hess, UNC Football Strength Coach, Shares his Philosophies

Brian Hess has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the North Carolina football program since 2019. Prior to arriving at Chapel Hill, Hess, after spending two years as the head football strength coach... more »

The Rock Shares His Chest & Triceps Superhero Workout

Whether it be on Twitter, Instagram, or in print, when Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson hands out some workout tips, you better get out your pen and paper. And a recent post on his Instagram showing... more »

Tips to Improve Speed, Power, & Strength

Like so many Americans, you may be looking to step up your strength training routine as we approach the new year. A recent article from Stack.com outlined eight great tips to improve the training regimens... more »

Benefits of the High School Strength Coach

A recent post from Tracy Baldwin, S.C.C.C., M.S.C.C. on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) website highlighted the benefits of having a high school strength and conditioning coach. Baldwin, the head strength... more »

NSCA Announces 2021 Coach of the Year Awards

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce the recipients of the organization’s 2021 Coach of the Year Awards: Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year: Paul Goodman, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E... more »

Dallas Cowboys Mourn Death of Strength Coach

Following the shocking death of Markus Paul a day before Thanksgiving, tributes have been pouring in for the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach. Paul, 54, who died after experiencing a medical emergency unrelated to... more »

Tips to Maximize Muscle Recovery

There's no downplaying the importance of eating healthy foods and getting a good night's sleep in enhancing muscle recovery from training. No matter how healthy of a lifestyle you're living, nothing can make up for... more »

Utilizing Crossover Sports in Athletic Training

Sports specialization for young athletes has become a controversial topic.  Should young athletes devote all of their practice and game time to just one sport? There are some aspects of sports specialization that young athletes,... more »

4 Trends in Strength and Conditioning for 2021

The strength and conditioning business has always been about evolution. The primary goal of the field itself is to physically improve athletes and clients in some capacity. So, it only makes sense that exercises and... more »

Rest, Assured: The Value of Quality Rest

Today with the emphasis on safely developing and increasing strength and conditioning in athletes at all levels, less thought is put into rest periods. How long should rest periods be between sets, training sessions, and... more »

Strength Coach Roundtable Discussion

For so many strength coaches across the country, the fall season has brought a sense of familiarity to what was a very unfamiliar summer as the athletic industry — and everyone else — reacted to... more »

NSCA’s Depth-Drop Push-Ups from Developing Power

Push-ups are one of the most popular exercises among fitness nuts and top-notch athletes. The movement is highly effective for improving upper body pushing strength and endurance and can be done with no equipment. There... more »

Nutrition Center to Boost Chadron State Athletics

Chadron (NE) State College cut the ribbon of its brand-new Thurness Family Nutrition Center over the weekend — an addition that will hopefully boost the school's strength and conditioning program for student-athletes. The facility upgrade... more »

Breathing Keys to Maximizing Every Run

A common struggle among recreational runners is controlling their breathing during long runs. Being able to breathe effortlessly during a run is essential for any beginner runner to break through the early stages. In a... more »

Building Core Strength from Plank Movements

Anyone can hold a basic plank, but that gets boring and monotonous after some time. Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., shared that the plank and side plank are great foundations for incorporating other movements in a recent... more »

Teambuildr Key for Penn Athletic Department

As was the case for nearly every collegiate athletic program in the country, the University of Pennsylvania was forced to pivot in keeping student-athletes in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking for a way to... more »

Guide to Push-Pull Workouts

The push-pull workout is one that is very popular among bodybuilders and other athletes to maximize recovery time between workouts and create a balanced physique. This style of training structures workouts based on each muscles'... more »

Training Outside the Box

In 1963 the NFL’s first weight room appeared at the pre-season training camp of the San Diego Chargers. Always looking to stay ahead of the competition, head coach Sid Gillman brought in Alvin Roy from... more »

Guide to Maximizing Battle Ropes

Looking for a new total upper body exercise to incorporate into your strength and conditioning routine? Take an extra look at battle ropes and the benefits it can bring. Though they may look intimidating at... more »

Q&A with Mississippi State Strength Coach Collin Crane

While everyone's focus in the college sports world is currently on football — and the teams that have and have not participated yet — Mississippi State strength coach is looking ahead to basketball and the... more »

Broncos Hire First Female Coach in Franchise History

Prior to the start of the 2020-21 NFL regular season, the Denver Broncos already made history when announcing their first female full-time coach in franchise history last week. Emily Zaler, a certified strength and conditioning... more »

Raring To Go: A Snapshot into 2 Schools Attempting to Resume Athletic Activities

With schools and organizations rearing to resume athletic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic — with some having already begun playing live games — ensuring the safety of coaches, student-athletes and staff members is priority number... more »

While Sports Are Changing, Training Methods Should Stay the Same

Sports may look different from the emergence of COVID-19 last spring, but that doesn't mean the training methods for student-athletes have remained the same. While sports seasons have been postponed, canceled, or altered to some... more »

UH Football Coach: “We’re Not in Shape Right Now”

Less than a month from now, the University of Houston football team will begin its 2020 season — barring any potential setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic. And though the Cougars are approaching nearly six weeks... more »

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