Category strength

Up-LIFTING

One of the biggest struggles with high school athletes is motivation. Not just motivation to play the sport they volunteered to play but motivation to put in the required work to be great. I have never been a big fan of rah rah cheerleader type motivation but do believe that the energy of the moment […]

Confusing Your Muscles (And Brain)

Seeing as every other day a new fitness trend is released promising amazing results, it seems like a good idea to figure out why all of these programs are the “best” and how they actually get these results. Before getting into any science stuff, we all know that a lot of published results are total […]

It’s So Fluffy!

My number one priority this New Year was to get back to basics in my training. The most basic and efficient program around is 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler. The program is straight and to the point. Lift weights at a lighter percentage than your 1-Rm and make small, incremental gains over the long run. I […]

My Training

My current training: I am running Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 routine for the entirety of 2017. I have not made the strength gains I should have over the past couple years so my number one focus for this year is strength. My routine for the past month consisted of the following: Monday – OH Press (5/3/1 […]

Pre Season Lifting

As we move closer to the start of the high school baseball season, our priorities in the weight room must change as well. Before we discuss what should be done during this time period, we need to define what the “pre-season” actually is. OFF-SEASON When talking about time periods for strength and conditioning, there is a […]

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Gainz

If we had 100% complete control over our lives, it should be assumed that we would never make mistakes and all have the perfect lives we imagine. Unfortunately we do not have this kind of control and depending on who you are, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. New Years resolutions […]

Teaching Strength

One of the quickest way to not be taken seriously is to make excuses. In an age of self-love and acceptance of one’s flaws, we have become scared to take a stand and pursue things. We have placed imaginary cages around ourselves. We have hopes, dreams, wishes but are too scared to go after them. […]

Find What You Love

In 2013 I hit PR’s in the big 3 lifts, I squatted 405, benched 235 and deadlifted 450 all at a bodyweight of 185ish. Fast forward to 2016 and I currently weigh 185ish, squat under 405, deadlift around 450 and bench under 235. Sounds odd that over the course of 3 years I literally didn’t […]

Ending Workout Confusion

Working out at the gym does not have to be rocket science. Rather than constantly chasing the latest craze or shiniest object, sticking with a simple easy to follow template will keep you in the gym more often and give you faster results. The following template can be used with almost any population, is fully […]

Elevated Variety

Just like in the world of personal training, being a strength coach requires you to make adjustments for the individual’s unique needs. The easy route is to create a cookie cutter program and just throw it at your athletes. You’ll still get the results you are looking for but did you really maximize each athletes […]