strength and conditioning

The Hybrid Squat: A valuable asset to improve power, speed

The hybrid squat is an exercise that combines a single-leg squat and a single-leg deadlift. Learn how it can be effective in your strength program… more »

Building a Foundation: Strength training for youth athletes

Here are things that sport coaches dealing with younger populations can address early in an athlete’s development to build a foundation in the weight room… more »

Lacrosse: Training players for speed and strength

Lacrosse players need tremendous strength, power and flexibility in the kinetic chain. Here are essential training tips for strength coaches… more »

Safety in the weight room

Safety in the weight room can’t be ignored by strength coaches. Here are some tips to avoid injuries during squats, deadlifts and cleans… more »

How to use force plates in sports (sponsored)

Learn how to effectively use force plates for the measurement of force production, power and landing dynamics in human movement… more »

Strength coaches roundtable: Using analytics in training

In our 2019 strength coaches roundtable, Training & Conditioning looks at the ways information and analytics influence how athletes train… more »

‘The Oak Hill Grind’

At the Oak Hill Academy, our basketball team designs our preseason workout program as competitions, making athletes stronger, resilient and explosive… more »

Certified Strength: The value of a CSCS

A NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) plays a pivotal role in reducing injuries, enhancing performance and building confidence… more »

Foot speed and coordination with jump rope

By working on foot speed and coordination with a jump rope before every strength session for five minutes, you’ll see significant athletic improvement… more »

In-season strength and conditioning for Syracuse football

At Syracuse, strength and conditioning plays a major role in how the football team is able to maintain its up-temp philosophy. .. more »

Offseason training for South Carolina women’s soccer

How Assistant Director of Sports Performance Alex Buchman gets the South Carolina women’s soccer team ready for the season… more »

Put smiles into your in-season training program

In-season training is necessary if your team wants to finish the season strong. The focus of the season obviously has to be on actual game competitions and sports practice… more »

Warming up before your lifts

How are athletes warming up before hitting the weight room? For years, coaches asked that they perform static stretches. But what’s the best approach?.. more »

Introducing power training to young athletes

It’s important to remember that the definition of strength is force X distance, while power, is defined as force X distance divided by time. The difference is the time element. In other words, how fast force can be applied. The term speed strength is often used to describe power… more »

9 questions to develop your training philosophy

As you develop your training philosophy and methodology, you will be exposed to different ideas. Here are some questions you might ask yourself as you determine if new or different methods are right for your athletes and your program… more »

Remembering Dr. Ken Leistner

Dr. Ken Leistner, who was simply known to many in the world of strength and conditioning, as “Dr. Ken,” passed away earlier this month… more »

4 simple exercises that teach athletes to bend

So many times I’d hear coaches say that an athlete had stiff hips. You can remedy that with simple drills that teach your athletes to bend. .. more »

The muscle clean & snatch

Many people think the muscle clean and snatch are simple, but strength coaches spend a great deal of time teaching them and cleaning up errors… more »

9 questions to consider when adapting training programs

Whenever strength coaches are considering altering or adding to their training programs, they should first ask themselves these nine questions… more »

Prioritizing hip strength in training programs

Though it’s an often-overlooked area in the weight room, the hips are vital for explosiveness and overall athletic performance.
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Focus on neck strength

Rutgers researchers proposed a solution for athletes at higher risk for sports-related concussions, such as football and soccer: Focus on neck strength… more »

Dynamic Effort Method can serve athletes well

The Dynamic Effort Method, or quickly lifting a submaximal load, is a training method typically used by powerlifters. But it also can help athletes… more »

Medicine ball exercises for athletes at every skill level

Effective medicine ball exercises for athletes at beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Learn how to implement them in your training program… more »

Husker Power Performance Index measures talent, development

Walk into the Nebraska volleyball locker room, and you’ll see a wall celebrating the team’s top-ranked players in the Husker Power Performance Index… more »

Striking a Balance: Overtraining in strength programs

How far is too far when pushing athletes in training? In this roundtable, five strength coaches discuss programming without overtraining… more »

5 basic exercises that produce results

Basic exercises are often the most effective. There are a handful of simple yet effective exercises that are easy to learn and require minimal equipment… more »

4 plyometric exercises for basketball players

Jacky Anderson provides a guide for how to incorporate plyometrics into your basketball team’s strength and conditioning program… more »

Drive to Succeed: Gonzaga men’s basketball training

Travis Knight, assistant strength and conditioning coach at Gonzaga University, breaks down his training with the Bulldogs men’s basketball team… more »

In-season gains: Inside Georgia football strength training

The Georgia football strength training program is designed in a way that actually increases player strength during the season. Here’s how it’s done… more »

In The Fast Lane: Addressing speed in training

Having quick, agile athletes should be a focus for every strength program. We asked a roundtable of experts how they satisfy the need for speed… more »

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