Showing posts from January, 2003

Testing Athletes / Dear StrongerAthletes: Neck Work

"I've never let formal education interfere with my learning." -Jim Bryan Testing Athletes Now that many schools and teams are well into their strength programs coaches are turning to various means of measuring progress. Many will have their athletes perform a one-rep max (1RM) all too often to check their strength. We feel that this may not be the wisest choice for measuring progress, primarily for safety reasons. If you are training your athletes for traditional athletic competition and not power meets you could be putting your athletes at risk for no reason. However, progression is important and should be consistently checked. We monitor to see that our athletes are either lifting more weight (in an appropriate rep range) than the workout before, or they are lifting the same weight for more reps. This should be sufficient. We have observed another problem with checking the 1RM's. The athletes tend to focus on that particular performance too much and thus lower the f

Clinic Update/Video Review/Another Plyometrics Concern

"No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office." -George Bernard Shaw Clinic Update 2002 Missouri 4A State Champion, Coach Mark Thomas from Kearney High School will join our list of featured presenters. Coach Thomas will speak on "Staff & Practice Organization." We feel that Coach Thomas’ presentation will have much to offer those in attendance as football practice will be starting soon afterward. Coach Thomas joins Sam Brown from Shawnee Mission North, Mike Lawrence from Missouri Southern, and Fred Cantor from the University of Maryland Baltimore-County. In addition, area high school football coaches will benefit from attending the Kansas and Missouri Football Rules Interpretations Meetings. Ours will be one of the earliest offered from either states' athletic associations. Video Review Coach Rody, I have a snow day from school here in N

Clinic Update and Squatting Form Question

"You can't ever work too much because there is no such thing a being in too good condition. You can't ever lift too many weights because you can't ever be too strong. You can't ever wrestle too much, because you can always do better" -Dan Gable Clinic Update We are proud to report that Sam Brown, Head Football Coach at Shawnee Mission North High School (Shawnee Mission, KS) will be speaking at the 2003 Strength & Conditioning Clinic. Coach Brown brings over 30 years of football experience into the 2003 season. Coach Brown will help to give football coaches that last minute idea to take into football season. In addition to Sam Brown, area high school football coaches will benefit from attending the Kansas and Missouri Football Rules Interpretations Meetings. Ours will be one of the earliest offered from either states' athletic associations. Shawn Hannagan and Fitness Showcase of Kansas City have offered to sponsor this event. Sha

Dear StrongerAthletes: New High School/Training Question

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." -Dale Carnegie -Emerson Dear StrongerAthletes: New High School/Training Question We have two e-mails. The first from Coach Bill McGee, from Lake Forrest, Illinois who has received help setting up his school’s program from some of the best strength coaches in the business. The second is from Chris Rowley, an athlete looking for training advice. Dear Coach Rody, Please add Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois to your list of high school athletic programs that promote a safe, non-Olympic, minimal-risk of being sued programs. I have had the pleasure of receiving much help from the likes of Kim Wood (Cincinnati Bengals), Ken Mannie (Michigan State), and Dan Riley (Houston Texans, formerly Washington Redskins) over the years in formulating, developing, and implementing our strength and conditioning programs. All of these individuals have never hesitated in taking time out of their busy schedules to teach

Dear StrongerAthletes: Success Story

We were pleased to receive the following e-mail. From Jim VanSchoonhoven, a mountain bike coach. About a year ago I started looking in to strength training for my athletes. Of course I kept hearing about the greatness of plyometrics. I almost fell for it. Instead, I kept researching until I found a sensible approach that is safe and effective. I work with Pro riders and most of these kind of guys have done lifting before, and most have never seen any results. Boy do they see results now, and it only takes four or five times of lifting. One of my riders is an observed trails rider. It would be thought of as trick riding on a mountain bike. It takes a lot of explosive power. From right next to your car, he can jump his bike to the top of your car. People that see what he does, can not believe their eyes. At the age of 19 years old this rider is the only 3 time US rider to represent the USA at the UCI World Championships. He also placed the highest ever for an Americ

Safety: Swiss Ball Example / Power Formula

"Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect." -Emerson Safety: Swiss Ball Example We make no secret about our emphasis on safety in the weight room. In the past we wrote a brief commentary on the use of the Swiss Ball in strength training. We felt that is was just another gimmick as well as a serious risk in weight room safety It seems that Juan Carlos Santana, a highly respected strength trainer from Boca Raton, Florida thought it would be a good idea to depth jump off of a plyometric box onto a Swiss Ball. Obviously he suffered injury at the hands of unsafe training methods. Now, we mean absolutely no disrespect to Mr. Santana however we will use his folly to make our point. Why jump off anything? Why use a rubber sphere as a base of support? Why use both of these together to train? We admittedly know very little of this event. However, the details are not our point. Our point is that safety should be #1. If it looks dangerous it probably is… so do

Convention Report and Workout Individualiztion

 "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." -Abraham Lincoln AFCA Convention Report If you have been checking in and noticing that we have not updated the website in a few days it was because we were in New Orleans for the 2003 American Football Coaches Association National Convention. While aimed at recognizing the college football coaches the AFCA has made an attempt to include high school coaches more and more. I would encourage all coaches who desire to contribute to their profession, outside of their own environments to get involved with their professional organizations. I think we all need to realize that as coaches we play an important role in developing the total athlete, not just his strength or abilities. I enjoyed getting to meet some of the coaches who read our website as well as hear many of the outstanding speakers a the event. 2004 is in Orlando, hope to see you there. How To Indivi