Improving rotational power for softball with the girls from Ruthless Softball New Jersey this morning at All-Star Sports Academy! This drill is fun, incredibly effective and provides intuitive reinforcement of an essential movement skill for hitting and even for throwing. Simple cuing improves the likelihood that the execution of the movement will translate to the… Continue reading Build Rotational Power for Softball and Baseball!
Yesterday was this guy’s last day at All-Star Sports Academy for this off-season. When Jaizon started with me, his football future was uncertain, to say the least. My advice was simple. Trust the process. Give it your best, always. Do the work. Today, he begins a new college football journey at the University of Rhode… Continue reading Last Day in the Gym For This Guy…
I’ve been around the Youth Fitness and Training arena for over 2 decades. I’ve learned a lot in that time, especially from my mistakes. That’s why it pains me to see the same mistakes being made over and over in the training of young athletes and children in general. In many ways, parents can be… Continue reading 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes
Nobody is lukewarm on deadlifts. You either love them or hate them. In fact, a lot of people love them and hate them while many others love to hate them. Let’s face it, they challenge you in ways that no other exercise can. Deadlifts don’t care what college you went to (or whether you did,)… Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Just Gotta Deadlift!
Can you gain muscle by lifting lighter weights for lots of repetitions? Yes, you can. Will you get as strong as you might by lifting heavier weights? No. Of course, strength and conditioning coaches, power lifters, athletes, strength enthusiasts and just about anyone who can think already knew that. Even the pretty people in the… Continue reading Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!
Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have given new meaning to the concepts of brain power and mind-muscle connections. Their study suggests “strongly” that the development of physical strength improves as much from training the nervous system as it does from exercising the muscles controlled by it. In the past few years, research has shown… Continue reading Why Your Brain Wants You To Lift Heavy
At the start of fall sports season, many athletes develop “unusual” injuries. Coaches, parents and the athletes themselves usually seem surprised at these injuries. But they really shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the number of drastic changes that occur during the transition from the activities of summer to the rigors of fall sports seasons… Continue reading Why Your Fall Athlete Gets Injured
Can I be honest here? I think if one more parent says “my doctor said my kid shouldn’t lift weights until he/she is 14,” I’m going to be sick. Physically, violently ill. Your doctor is wrong. Well intentioned, but wrong. The good doctor is expressing a thought that, once upon a time, made sense. When… Continue reading 7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train
Are you consistent? That, not intensity, is the key to success in training. Check out my thoughts on this Essential Law.
This is the first installment in this series about how to make your knees “bulletproof” for sports. Bulletproof in this arena means really, really injury resistant. Here, Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes 2017 3rd Round pick) is doing an exercise that gets performed really poorly all too often. Band-resisted Shuffles are a great way to activate… Continue reading Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1