strength and conditioning

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 »

WA Strength Coach Fueling High School Athletes

A Washington state high school strength and conditioning coach is counting on more of the right calories to build strength in student high schools. Colby Heefner, the Oak Harbor High School strength coach, working through... more »

6 Body-Weight Exercises to Increase Multidirectional Movement

In strength and conditioning, most coaches and trainers identify functional movement exercises in six categories: squatting, hinging, pushing, pulling, rotating, and core stabilization. This set of exercises focuses on functional body-weight movements in all planes... more »

The Most Important Class A High School Student Can Take

“Welcome to the most important class you will ever take in high school.”  Every year, this is my standard introduction for new students in my High School Weight Training Class. My statement is generally met... more »

Golf Fitness Coach In Awe of Bryson DeChambeau

The runaway winner of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July, Bryson DeChambeau, has wowed golf fans with his body transformation and the additional yardage he's picking up off the tee. En route to his tournament... more »

NSCA Celebrates 2020 Annual Award Winners

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce this year’s recipients for the organization’s annual awards. These distinctive awards honor professionals around the world for outstanding achievement in their field. The 2020... more »

California HS Conditioning Programs Held In Limbo

Workouts have started, then stopped, and then started again for various high school athletic programs in the state of California. The continual knee-jerk reaction to the rise and fall, and rise again of the COVID-19... more »

USTA Announces Safety Tips Amid COVID-19

While many of the major team sports have had difficulty resuming athletic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but sports that are played outside and can maintain social distancing recommendations have been able to return quicker.... more »

NSCA Announces 2020 Career Award Winners

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) proudly announced the winners of the organization’s 2020 Career Awards this week, according to an issued press release from the organization. Each year, these distinguished awards honor those... more »

NSCA: Professional Development for Women Strength Coaches

Finding a job as a strength and conditioning coach coming out of college is not easy. You may feel ready to take on the world and apply the techniques and philosophies you've learned at college... more »

Role of Athletic Trainers in Ohio Change Amid Return to Sports

As high schools begin welcoming student-athletes back on campus to resume some form of athletic activities, the job of high school athletic trainers has slightly shifted. A typical day for an athletic trainer might involve... more »

5 Tips For Improving Recovery Between Workouts

Recovery — often the forgotten step in workout regimens. An athlete can complete all the supersets, finish off those max numbers in the weight room, and reach new personal bests on the treadmill. But when... more »

Georgia Tech Strength Coach Preparing Jackets’ Basketball Players

As student-athletes at various levels begin rearing up for their respective seasons in The Peach State, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' basketball strength and conditioning coach Dan Taylor has developed an altered plan for his... more »

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