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You’re Fired Friday (Vol. 2)

It’s a New Year and I can’t think of a better time to release another installment of me indiscriminately firing people on the Interwebs, especially since coaches seemed to enjoy the first version. The theme of today’s episode: Professionalism, Status and the Ego If you start getting worked up, be sure to look over my left shoulder. Then post your comments below. – LT

3 NOT Track & Field Specific Programs I recommend (25% off, too!)

I implement a lot of coaching and training ideas and programs coming from *outside* of the world of track and field specific coaches and organizations. I think it’s important to branch out in order to get a different perspective from the ‘field and court sport’ and ‘strength and conditioning’ universe. One organization I’m proud to be involved with, promotes an excellent mission and creates phenomenal programs from outstanding coaches is the International Youth Conditioning Assocication (IYCA). Today I’m recommending three IYCA programs for you to consider. As part of their Cyber Monday sale, all of these programs are 25% off when you use coupon code THANKS at checkout.   1. Game Play Performance  Why I like it: Athletic development requires more than just relentless biomotor…

Top 4 Farmers Walk Handles Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Homemade Training Equipment for Teams with Tight Budgets.   After the release of the first homemade training equipment article and video highlighting the use of sandbags to gain more strength, power, and explosive speed, a lot of emails and questions were sent from readers wondering about my mention of farmers walk handles in the video. After all, aren’t farmers walk handles only good for one thing? The answer might surprise you. Expensive, welded store bought farmers walk handles are usually good for one or two exercises. There is the suitcase deadlift where weight is loaded on to each handle and deadlifted off the ground (think of lifting 2 heavy suitcases at the airport) and of course, the farmers walk event. The…

How to Quickly and Easily Find the Information You’re Looking For

  I’ll be the first to admit there are some things about how this site is designed that I don’t like. Fundamentally, it’s not easy to find the articles and videos you’re looking for. I sent out a survey recently asking for ideas on how I could improve the site and many of you made the same observation. We’re busy people. And you shouldn’t have to be able to see the Matrix just to find the articles and videos on block starts. That’s a waste of time and my general philosophy is to try and create the most efficient systems possible. So now that I’ve made a short story long (inefficient…), I’ve made some preliminary changes to every page on the site (except the home…

Top 5 Sandbag Training Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Here are my Top 5 (Homemade) Sandbag Training Exercises for teams committed to getting stronger…even with tight budgets! You find yourself in this position every year. You go to your AD and present him with your list of needs for the season. Your old uniforms are looking a little tattered and a few “walked off” last year. You have some hurdles that need replacing. The high jump crossbar has more tape holding it together than ever and it won’t make it through the season. You have starting block rails and pedals scattered around the storage shed but somehow you can’t make a complete unit to use at practice. Oh, and in addition to all this you want medicine balls, plyo boxes,…

How Sprinters Use Cleans and Olympic Lifts for Strength Training

How does the fastest woman on earth do cleans? Cleans have been in the programs of track and field athletes for decades. Throwers, sprinters, and jumpers can all benefit from training in the weight room with cleans and snatches due to the high threshold motor unit recruitment that is unique to lifting with the Olympic style lifts. Heck, even the world’s fastest woman is doing cleans in this youtube video. She asked for viewers to not critique her at about :30 into the video, but with all apologies to Carmelita, I am going to critique her.   The video actually starts off well, despite Ms. Jeter’s protesting that she doesn’t know what she is doing, she gets in a great start position with her arms…

Loading for High School Weightlifting

With high school weightlifting, much of the time spent in the weight room will be dedicated to the coaching of athletes on the proper movements, positions, and providing general technical info needed to safely complete the movements with maximal return on the time invested. The other portion of the time of the strength coach will be spent on determining and helping to select the weights that athletes use. The beginning stages of high school weightlifting should be spent teaching athletes the right way to lift and train, cueing the right movements, and ensuring technical proficiency. Building these foundations with minimal external loading is extremely important. Movements, and more importantly, proper movements form the foundation of a good program. Gyms and weightrooms with individuals moving poorly,…

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