strength training

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 »

Benefits of High School and Youth Sports for Student-Athletes

The benefits of high school and youth sports have always been expressed by coaches, parents, and administrators. Now, however, there are quantifiable data that suggests there are considerable non-physical benefits of playing sports in addition... more »

Build Endurance with this Weight-Free Strength-Training Workout

Looking for a strength-training workout that doesn't require any weights or bands? Ela Dugan, a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach in Massachusetts has you covered. In a recent article in Runner's World, Dugan shared... more »

Preventative Measures for High School Field Hockey Players

It has been said that you are only as strong as your weakest link. In most sports, I have found that to be true. To be a complete player in any sport, you have to... more »

Virtual rehab presenting different challenges for strength training

Learning how to train an athlete during a pandemic isn’t exactly part of the process of becoming a strength and conditioning coach. Though that could change given what’s gone on in the United States since... more »

Speed Kills: Incorporating agility training give programs an edge

Nowadays, every athlete is bigger, stronger, and faster than those from previous generations.  Offensive linemen, once thought of as the “hogs” of the football team, are running sub-five second 40-yard dashes and sub-eight second three-cone... more »

Building power and strength in the football player

Power and strength are two necessary traits for any successful football player. The ability to drive with explosiveness, win one-on-one battles, and make positive plays all come from the power and strength of a player.... more »

The Squat: A More Detailed Look

In my first article of this series, I gave a quick introduction of what to look for to keep your athletes safe when performing squats, deadlifts, and cleans. It was broad and basic and only... more »

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