training and conditioning

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 »

Food & Exercise: Recipe for a Healthy Life

Eating proper food and regularly exercising is a pair that goes hand-in-hand with one another. Though not as recognizable as other great pairings — peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, and milk and cereal... 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 »

Study: HS Athletes Need More Recovery Time From Concussions

According to a new study from the Henry Ford Health System's Sports Medicine Research, high school athletes in multiple sports need more recovery time from concussions. The study was published in Orthopedics, a national peer-reviewed... 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 »

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 »

Recovering from a Back Injury

A back injury is not something to mess around with. Whether you're a student-athlete, professional player, or just a weekend warrior, suffering a back injury can be down-right debilitating. Surgery is always an option, depending... more »

Reducing Stress Fractures in Female College Distance Runners

First-year student-athletes show the greatest number of injuries and therefore are at the most at risk. Because of this, it is important to examine the transition period they undergo from high school to college. Not... 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 »

Enhancing Athletes’ Immune System Through Nutrition, Does It Work?

Whether it’s running faster, lifting heavier, or achieving optimal body composition, athletes are always seeking ways to improve performance. Recently, particularly with the events surrounding COVID-19, many have begun to reconsider a major contributor to... more »

Step by Step: The Rise of Motion Capture Technology Among Sports Healthcare Professionals

Motion capture technology — something usually associated with the studios and editing bays of Hollywood — is finding a comfortable home in the world of sports.  Typically, high-tech cameras capture the motion of a subject... more »

How To Train Properly in the Heat

As we enter the dog days of summer, it's important to be mindful of the high heat and humidity. Generally speaking, those who enjoy outdoor workouts prefer conditions that involve cooler temperatures and low humidity.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

5 Strategies for Student-Athletes To Stay Fueled

When the temperatures begin to turn up in the summer months, staying properly fueled through practices and games takes on a greater importance — especially with younger student-athletes. Ensuring that a student-athlete is well hydrated... 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 »

Answering 3 FAQs on the Benefits of Rowing

In a recent article with the British publication, Coach Mag, world champion rower Matthew Tarrant reviewed the benefits of utilizing a rowing machine as a form of cardio and conditioning. There are many advantages of... 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 »

Tips to better cycling techniques

With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the access to gyms and fitness centers and adjoining fitness equipment, many athletes from youth to recreational to professional, have turned to cycling as an easy and effective mean to... more »

Recreational running done the right way

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut off athletes from gyms and fitness centers, running has always been of the best (and, not to mention, cheapest) ways to get exercise and fresh air. What can be... more »

Breaking down the burpee for better results

At-home workouts have become a thing of the norm in recent months and that likely means less equipment, smaller spaces, and a less-than-ideal setup. The potential lack of strength-training tools leads to more bodyweight routines... 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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