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University of Arkansas Football Clinic: March 1973

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." -Voltaire For the summer, we have decided to reduce our frequency and post once or maybe twice a week. We will be very busy training our athletes and taking vacations. We will pick up the frequency again in the fall. We will continue responding to your e-mails regularly so please do not hesitate to send us your thoughts or comments about training. University of Arkansas Football Clinic: March 1973 As coaches we are always on the lookout for coaching resources. Recently we stumbled upon a gold mine of early '70's football coaching clinic manuals. These include lectures by some of football's greatest coaches including Chuck Fairbanks, Joe Paterno, Bob Devaney, John McKay, Eddie Robinson, and Lou Holtz (when he was still at North Carolina State). One of the materials in this collection was a March 1973 University of Arkansas Annual Football Clinic manual. At the time, Fra

Dear Stronger Athletes: Science & Strength Research

"The fate of empires depends on the education of youth. -Aristotle Dear Coach Rody, I am a physical therapist who gets the opportunity to work with athletes on occasion. Most of the time I work with older, injured, and very untrained individuals. I rarely get to progress them beyond the initial phase of lower weights with higher reps in order to establish better neuromuscular coordination without fear of re-injury before their time at my clinic is done. In the last few years I have had a chance to think more about young, healthy athletes as my boys are now in high school and are involved in their training programs. I am very interested in the approach you speak of and it sounds very similar to what some Nautilus proponents were espousing back in the 70's. I would appreciate it greatly if you could give me some references in scholarly journals that are supportive of your position. Sincerely, Bob Johnson Mr. Johnson, Thank you for your comments. There are many scientific publi

Keep it Simple

"Heroes are made in the hour of defeat." - Mohandas Gandhi For the summer, we have decided to reduce our frequency and post once or maybe twice a week. We will be very busy training our athletes and taking vacations. We will pick up the frequency again in the fall. We will continue responding to your e-mails regularly so please do not hesitate to send us your thoughts or comments about training StrongerAthletes.com has seen many programs that have charts that the athletes have to look at to determine what weight load they must use next. Other charts have projected 1 rep max on lifts and training cycles or periodization in which the athletes change their training every 4 weeks or so. Many of these types of programs confuse the athletes and hinder their progress. We want a program that the athlete can use with complete understanding and gain strength. A reason we do not like some set/rep programs is that if a workout calls for 5x5 then the athlete will stop at 5 and never reac