Strength and Conditioning Articles
Check out these cutting-edge strength and conditioning articles by leading experts!
Hydration Tips to Help Your Athletes Beat the Heat
by Michelle Ricardi, Director of Nutrition Education, EXOS
At EXOS, hydration is one of the key components of our overall nutrition philosophy, which also includes eating clean, eating often, developing a healthy mindset, and fueling for recovery.
Three Pillars of Sports Performance Success
by Bill Parisi, CEO, Parisi Speed School
It is common for me to be asked, "Bill, what is the secret of The Parisi Speed School's success?" Although I could answer that question in a variety of ways, I always mention what I call the three pillars of success that has made us a well-known brand in youth sports performance.
Building Strength and Power with Dan Baker
by Dan Baker, EXOS
With 20 years of extensive research as his foundation, strength and conditioning coach Dan Baker, Ph.D., has created a revolutionary approach to training athletes to be stronger and more powerful. The difference: His approach ensures that they're also able to sustain that career and side-step career-ending injuries.
Hiring the Right Sports Performance Coach
by Bill Parisi, BBA, CSCS
One nagging problem that dogs every owner and program director across our network is the ability to locate, recruit, train and keep great performance coaches. It seems to be our industry's Achilles heel.
The Real Purpose of Sports Performance Training
by Bill Parisi, BBA, CSCS
Bill Parisi discovered that many inside and outside the fitness industry believe that the essence of sports performance training is concerned only, or primarily with training the elite high school, college and professional athlete. But as a veteran now in the sports performance industry, he's come to a different conclusion.
Training Teenage & Youth Athletes
by Bill Parisi, BBA, CSCS
If we had all the answers and the ultimate solution for dealing with youth and teenagers we wouldn't always be working to improve our programming. The most important thing we've learned: you can't train kids the way you train adults.
It's during the childhood fun of recreational sports where naturally-gifted athletes are discovered and their talents are cultivated. Unfortunately, left in the wrong hands, that talent can be squandered, and ability can be impeded by burnout or injury.
Are Your Athletes Burning Out?
by Brett Bartholomew
We live in a society where we seem to always be on the edge of extremes in training, eating, working, and everything else. It's all too much. Pushing day after day with no break seems normal because it's all around us. I's not normal. Finding a middle ground gives the mind and body time to refresh, rejuvenate, and rebuild. In the end, this makes for a better athlete.
Inside EXOS' NFL Combine Prep Program
by Nick Winkelman, Director of Movement at EXOS
As the foundation of their NFL Combine preparation, EXOS has designed an eight-week program to prepare athletes for the physical demands of the Combine and the mental and professional requirements of life in the NFL.
One of our most primal movement patterns is breathing and can be considered as one of our most dysfunctional movement patterns. Most of our clients or patients are unaware that it just happens automatically unless exertion, a stressful event, injury including physical/emotional pain, or an unforeseen interruption of respiration occurs.
Olympic Lifting Teaching Progressions
by Wil Fleming
When teaching the Olympic lifts, you need a progression of movements that helps athletes build on their skills, helps them improve as an athlete, and lets them see success in being a part of your program. You need a better order to teach the Olympic lifts. Start here.
Battling Ropes Partner Ropes Training
by John Brookfield
Partner Ropes offer an extremely engaging way to train with a partner in which you can simply encourage your partner to keep going and not quit or you can actually compete against the other person.
The Bott Perspective
with Brian Bott and Lee Burton
In this video, Brian Bott (strength coach for the University of Wisconsin) joins Lee Burton to discuss the implementation of Functional Movement Screen (FMS) into an elite college football program.
Half Racks Revisited
by Mike Boyle
One thing I have become well know for is changing my mind and admitting when I am wrong. I called this article Half Racks Revisited because for years I have told people not to buy Half Racks...
Indian Club Chain Marching
by Tim Anderson
In this exercise, you put on a harness, attach a ninety-six pound chain to the harness and march while holding Indian Clubs in your hands. The act of marching requires deliberate cross-lateral coordination. It can be a very restorative, or resetting, movement for the body...
Chain Running and Crawling
by John Brookfield
In this article and video, John Brookfield exposes you to a couple of methods in his Chain Reaction Program you may not be aware of. These methods will greatly increase your strength, power generation, work capacity levels and your mental fortitude.
Chain Reaction Power Thrust
by John Brookfield
In this article and video, John Brookfield shares and explains a very special exercise within the Chain Reaction power generation phase called the Power Thrust.
Core Conversion: 3D-Matrix Performance System
by Doug Gray
There is nothing new under the sun... certainly core training is one of those "nothings." Core training has been a point of emphasis – a central focus – in the world of movement for quite some time. There is a reason for this: the core has everything to do with everything we do...
Battling Ropes® Training System
by John Brookfield
The Battling Ropes® Training System is a unique, one of a kind training system that is different from any other type of training for the simple fact that the athlete must train using velocity and non momentum principles.
The Battling Ropes® Power Slam. King of the Swing?
by Tim Anderson
John Brookfield's Battling Ropes® Power Slam is a tremendous exercise that yields to its victim a host of benefits like no other exercise can.
Today we have better performances than we have ever had, but there are more injuries and fewer athletes able to sustain high performance levels for an extended career. What is missing? It is athleticism. Read more...
by Gray Cook (Balanced Body Series)
Gray Cook definitely thinks that static stretching has its place. Scientifically, there may be better, quicker and faster ways to develop muscle length or change and maintain muscle length; however, they require a higher level of expertise, are more technique intensive, and usually have a more significant learning curve for the user than static stretching. Gray covers the benefits of static stretching for the user.
Functional Training for the Torso
by Gray Cook, MS, PT, OCS, CSCS
Almost all sports involve activity in three planes of motion. Isolation and nonspecific exercises usually involve one or two planes of motion. Gray Cook describes multi-planar exercises which require diagonal and spiral motions of the arms, shoulders, trunk, hips and legs.
The Chop and Lift Article Series
by Gray Cook
Part 1 - Introduction to the Chop and Lift
Part 2 - Introduction Continued
Part 3 - The Chop and Lift...Anywhere (Using Resistance Tubing)
Part 4 - The Chop...for Power (Using Medicine Balls)
by Mary Repking, PT, CSCS
Past attempts at stretching devices have typically offered single plane stretching in a non-weight bearing position. Devices that are weight bearing typically stretch only in the sagittal plane (front to back motion). Mary Repking describes how the Tri-Stretch correctly stretches lower extremities in all three planes of motion.
Cross-Specificity Training for Golf Fitness
by Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness Trainer on the PGA Tour
Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness trainers in the world. He travels the PGA Tour regularly with PGA Professionals, most notably Phil Mickelson.
Golf: Improving Performance with the "X" Factor
by Mary C. Repking, PT, CSCS
Optimizing the "X" Factor has been shown to increase club head velocity, increase ball velocity, increase driving distance, and reduce low back pain and elbow pain in golfers.
Pre-Season Conditioning for College Basketball
By Glenn Harris, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Boston University
The main objective of pre-season conditioning is to get the basketball players ready for the middle of October and to help them maintain that level of conditioning throughout the season.
By Mike Boyle, MA, ATC
Are You Doing Your Abdominal Training Wrong?
How to teach athletes to "draw-in" their abs using the transverse abdominus, previously regarded as a little used, deep abdominal muscle. New research indicates that the transverse abdominus and the multifidus (another ignored muscle) are the keys to unlocking the cure for back pain.
My Ah-ha Moments
Mike provides a "smorgasbord" of nutrition, rehab and training pearls of wisdom.
Build Bigger Legs, One at a Time
In this articke, Mike advocates single-leg training - it results in less back stress due to reduced loads.
Are We Always Concurrent in Performance Training?
Concurrent training means training multiple qualities simultaneously.
Facility Design Concepts
Adapted from the Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities book by Mike Boyle.
In conditioning US Olympic & World Cup mogul skiers the philosophy is not to produce a better freestyle skier, but a better freestyle skiing athlete by developing all components of the conditioning process in an environment of athleticism.
By Mel C. Siff, Phd
Western coaches have been fixated for years on only one periodization (PD) model, that of Dr. Leonid Matveyev. The model becomes too limited, however, when rigidly applied by coaches unfamiliar with Matveyev’s work.
By Steven Scott Plisk, MS, CSCS
Steven Plisk was the Director of Sports Conditioning at Yale University from 1997-2002 and is currently the director at Excelsior Sports.
Three Ways to Train for Strength
by Robb Rogers MEd, CSCS, Director of Strength and Conditioning, Middle Tennessee State University
There are only three ways to train for strength - add load (resistance), add reps (volume), or add speed. Robb Rogers explains how to do all three within one training session using one exercise.
- Paradigm Shift in Training Endurance Athletes
by Kevin Elsey, Performance Specialist - Athlete's Performance
Kevin Elsey provides expert advice on how to approach the training of endurance athletes.
By Brian Grasso YCS, CMT
Brian Grasso currently serves as Executive Director for the International Youth Conditioning Association and is a sought after expert in the realm of young athlete development and youth fitness worldwide.
Dr. Avery Faigenbaum is a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of youth fitness and has written two books and over 100 articles on fitness and conditioning. Here, he provides valuable insight on preteen sports preparation.
The 3 Best Interval Training Applications Ever
by BJ Gaddour, CSCS, YFS2
BJ Gaddour is the co-creator and Fitness Director for Workout Muse, a fitness music and media production company specializing in custom interval workout music.
Timing is Everything
by Joe Heiler, MSPT, CSCS
Achieving stability versus strength requires two things - muscle timing and disassociation - meaning the ability to move the hips and shoulder girdle independently of the trunk.
Glute Activation: Optimizing the Function of the Posterior Power Center
by Fraser Quelch, NCSA, CSCS
One of the hottest topics of discussion in the fitness industry recently has been centered on how to optimize glute function. The glutes are heavily involved in movements like the golf swing, throwing and striking actions along with running, jumping and direction changes. This huge posterior power center is in many ways the key to producing smooth and powerful movement.
Top Fitness Mistakes and How to Correct Them
by Ryan Krane, CPT, PES, CES
Many people that go to the gym are either doing exercises improperly or not performing the right exercises for their goals. Using gym equipment improperly has a number of drawbacks.