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StrongerAthletes.com Classic: Fiber Recruitment - Yet Again

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 "Every generation has the obligation to free men's minds for a look to new worlds." - Ellison Onizuka Mystery Guest This week's mystery guest is not a strength coach. He "played linebacker and tight end as a senior for Oceanside High School. He earned CIF San Diego Section defensive player of the year, all-state and USA Today All-USA honorable mention as well as North County and Avocado League offensive player of the year. He was named to California's All-Academic team with a 3.6 GPA. As a pro player, he established a charitable organization designed to benefit local San Diego youth programs. In 1994 he was named the True Value Hardware NFL Man of the Year. In 1997 his bar & grill was voted "Best Sports Bar" by the San Diego Restaurant Association. And he trains in a Non-Olympic training program. **Note** Much of this bio was taken from another web site. We will give credit on Friday. StrongerAthletes.com Classic: Fiber Recruitment The time has

Productive Lifting Styles and Validity of Athletic Transfer

 "Words can do wonderful things. They can urge, they can wheedle, whipe or whine. They can forge a fiery army out of a hundred languid men." -Gwendolyn Brooks This exchange continues the validity of athletic transfer argument from a few weeks ago. Please feel free to send us your take on the matter. Coach Rody, I have been involved in weight training for over 40 years, over that time I have seen many different "systems" come and go. These have included "Static Contraction", "Isometrics", "Isotonics", "HIT", etc. the list can go on. All of these programs have a plethora of "scientific" research to back them up and yet over time they seem to drift away and the traditional or "Olympic Style" lifts seem to continue to endure. Can you tell me why? I have used slow controlled lifting as part of an overall lifting program, I believe it has a place in an overall lifting program, I do not believe it should be the en

Conditioning For Football Players

"Honesty is the best policy and spinach is the best vegetable." -Popeye the Sailor-Man We would like to thank Coach Jim Bryan for bringing this issue to our attention. As many high school football coaches gear-up for pre-season training they should be prepared to get their athletes conditioned now as opposed to the last minute. Dr. Ken Leistner in his article , "DR. KEN'S  2002 FOOTBALL RUNNING PROGRAM", gives coaches a wonderful resource to use. [ StrongerAthletes.com note:  The article mentioned was in a forum post on Cyberpump.com.  It is no longer to be found on the internet.] Dr. Ken believes coaches should take an active role in the conditioning of the athlete in the spring not the summer. "The cardiovascular system and local musculature involved in the sport of football must be strengthened and conditioned NOW so that [the athlete] can peak in the latter stages of July and August.  This will allow [the athlete] to report in the best possible condit

Limited Budget?

 "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people." -Indira Gandhi Mystery Guest "This week's Mystery Guest served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975-1979 and then earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Penn State in 1983. From 1983-84, he was a Health Fitness Supervisor at Princeton. From 1984-90, he was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Rutgers University. In 1990, he returned to Princeton University and is now the Coordinator of Health Fitness, Strength and Conditioning. He has authored more than 160 articles that have appeared in 32 different publications and three books. He has also co-authored a book with the coach of the Boston Celtics. He has been invited to speak at local, state, regional and national clinics and seminars throughout the US and Canada." If this one is too tough, comeback Wednesday for a clue! **Note** Much of this bio was taken from another w

Dear StrongerAthletes.com: We Are Not Alone

"Son, looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject." -Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four F's and one D. Dear StrongerAthletes.com: We Are Not Alone As the word is spreading about our website and our purpose we are receiving a lot of e-mail from coaches who think we are from outer space. We include two recent e-mails we have received that appreciate our efforts. We share these with you to 1) Prove that we are not alone in our approach to a safe, productive, and efficient training style and 2) recognize the fact that people who keep open minds about issues can in fact "learn new tricks". Dear Coach Rody, Our staff thinks that you are doing a great job with the site, informative, yet non-threatening. It is my experience, that those employed in the strength field have good intentions yet little understanding. In my opinion, two factors jump to mind. The almighty dollar (recreati

Who Are the Best Athletes?

 "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." -Babe Ruth Mystery Guest "In his 27th season [in the NFL], our mystery guest is the dean of NFL strength and conditioning coaches. A hard-driving coach who still maintains an easy rapport with his players, he has set up strength and conditioning programs for a number of NFL teams. He is known nationwide for his outspoken stance against the use of steroids in strength training. His team’s training program was aggressively steroid-free long before official sanctions against the drugs became a nationwide norm. Our mystery guest has seen many of his athletes perform impressive feats in the weight room, but that’s not his goal. “We train very hard, but we’re not training our people to be weight lifters or power lifters,” he says. “We always keep the perspective that we’re working with these guys to be the best football players they can be.” An outstanding running back at the University of Wisconsin during his college day

Increasing the Intensity

"The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyus." -Carl Sagan Mystery Guest "In his 27th season [in the NFL], our mystery guest is the dean of NFL strength and conditioning coaches. A hard-driving coach who still maintains an easy rapport with his players, he has set up strength and conditioning programs for a number of NFL teams. He is known nationwide for his outspoken stance against the use of steroids in strength training. His team’s training program was aggressively steroid-free long before official sanctions against the drugs became a nationwide norm. Our mystery guest has seen many of his athletes perform impressive feats in the weight room, but that’s not his goal. “We train very hard, but we’re not training our people to be weight lifters or power lifters,” he says. “We always keep the perspective that we’re working with these guys to be the best football players they can be.” An outstanding running back at the Universit

Mystery Guest Revealed and Creatine: Our Stance

"All words are pegs to hang ideas on." -Henry Ward Beecher Mystery Guest: Dan Riley, Houston Texans [Correct guessers included Rusty Whitt, Sam Houston State; Jim Bryan, Winter Haven; Aaron Vitt, Moberly, MO; Joe Ross, Tampa, FL; Fred Cantor, University of Maryland-Baltimore County; Jonathan Gray, Missouri Southern State University; Scott Savor, Shakopee , MN (FYI- Scott is looking for a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistantship if anyone knows of any openings); Matt Byzcki, Princeton University (Coach Bryzcki worked with Coach Riley at Penn State and refers to him as "D-BOY")] This week's guest, Dan Riley was one of the first people hired on the NFL's newest franchise, he was hired even before the head coach! Coach Riley "spent the previous 19 seasons [as the head strength and conditioning coach] with the Washington Redskins where served as an integral part of three Super Bowl champions, four NFC champions and five NFC East champions." &quo

Dear StrongerAthletes.com: Various Topics

“There never were in the world, two opinions alike. Their most universal quality is diversity.” Michel De Montaigne Mystery Guest: Day 2 (So far we only have 5 correct guesses..come on guys this is easy!) Just like last week we present a Mystery Guest. If you think you know who this pioneer in strength training is drop us a guess, via the contact form, and our correct winners with be posted on Friday. Good Luck! This week’s guest was one of the first people hired on the NFL’s newest franchise, he was hired even before the head coach! He “spent the previous 19 seasons [as the head strength and conditioning coach] with the Washington Redskins where served as an integral part of three Super Bowl champions, four NFC champions and five NFC East champions.” “This coach is known as a leader in his field. He has written several books and served as a fitness columnist for the Washington Post.” “Prior to his stint with the Redskins, he spent five years as the strength coach at Penn State. The Ni

An Injury Incident

 "The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind." -William Blake Mystery Guest Just like last week we present a Mystery Guest. If you think you know who this pioneer in strength training is drop us a guess, at Coach Rody, and our correct winners with be posted on Friday. Good Luck! This week's guest was one of the first people hired on the NFL's newest franchise, he was hired even before the head coach! He "spent the previous 19 seasons [as the head strength and conditioning coach] with the Washington Redskins where served as an integral part of three Super Bowl champions, four NFC champions and five NFC East champions." "This coach is known as a leader in his field. He has written several books and served as a fitness columnist for the Washington Post." "Prior to his stint with the Redskins, he spent five years as the strength coach at Penn State. The Nittany Lions won their first national champi

Mystery Guest and Fundamental Questions

"When one helps another, both gain in strength." -Latin American Proverb Mystery Guest: Steve Wetzel, Minnesota Vikings We had several responses to this week's Mystery Guest but only a handful of correct answers. Correctly identifying Coach Wetzel were Jim Bryan, Winter Haven; Fred Cantor, University of Maryland-Baltimore County Strength Coach; and Joe Ross, Tampa, FL. Steve Wetzel has been working in the NFL for 12 seasons and 2 teams including the Champions of Super Bowl XXVI in 1991. He got his start in the field as a collegiate power-lifter and then as an intern at the University of Maryland. While working with the Terrepins, he worked part-time with the Redskins before getting hired by George Mason University. He was working at George Mason just 3 months before being "called-up" to the Redskins as a full-time assistant. Currently serving as the head strength coach in the NFC, his staff's #1 goal is injury prevention. He takes some pride in the fact that