Getting Athletes To Buy In

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Writing a program for an athlete is pretty easy. Just have to put exercises, sets, and reps together in a calculated fashion and violà – a workout program is created. But if you are a jerk coach who just yells and acts angry while you conduct the session, you probably won’t get the most out of your athletes. Some of … Read More

Keys To A Lacrosse Strength and Conditioning Program

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Contrary to popular belief, taking one thousand shots will not increase the velocity of your shot. Of course playing lacrosse will make you better, but it won’t necessarily get you to your goals in the most efficient way possible. So how do you work on your performance without playing lacrosse? I’m glad you asked. The answer is simple, workout! Strength … Read More

Importance Of Block One For An Athlete

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Most athletes that roll through VSP are between the ages of 12 and 16, most of who never worked out before. Each one of them present with different movement patterns, play different sports, and overall, are just different kids. With that said, they all have one thing in common; they all need a true first block of training. No athlete … Read More

3 Benefits of The Landmine Press

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The landmine is one of the most versatile tools in a strength coach’s belt. Why? The exercises and variations of them are endless. Specifically, the landmine press is one of my favorites. It has a lot of benefits with a small amount of risk for injury if done properly. The barbell overhead press is an exercise that can build a … Read More

Risk/Reward Analysis In Training

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“Life is all about taking risks” yea, maybe with asking that guy/gal out on a date or trying a new food, but certainly not in strength and conditioning! Before I ramble on about this topic, let me make myself clear, I do take risks with my athletes, but not at the expense of their athletic performance. What exactly do I … Read More

5 Ways To Prepare Your Body For Sports

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Imagine this: You are at a college showcase, with dozens of college recruiters watching carefully on the sidelines. You are running down the field, and next thing you know, you feel the back of your leg tense up and you can barely run. Your coach has to pull you off the field and you can’t go back in because of … Read More

3 Ways To Improve Your Push-Up

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In almost any program ever created, push-ups are in it. Why? They require no equipment, easy to accomplish, and you can get a pretty gnarly chest pump from it. But often times, they are butchered, people have found ways to make one of the most simple exercises look like a train wreck. Although great people have written plenty about doing … Read More

10 Ways To Be A Good Strength Coach

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Being a good strength coach is what many in the field aspire to be. Of course, we all want to be the best, but below are just a few things I think you should knock off before you even think about the training part. Don’t get me wrong, we can’t check all of these off and then go out and … Read More