Categorizing Plyometric and Stretch Shortening Cycle Exercises

I haven't posted in a couple of months, and I wanted to write up an article on something a little different than normal. A while back (maybe two years ago) I was in a conversation about including different types of plyometric exercises in training programs for my athletes. I can't remember exactly what I said, but I … Continue reading Categorizing Plyometric and Stretch Shortening Cycle Exercises

Coaching: An Operational Definition

A while ago I posted about communication and how there seems to be a pervasive issue of frustration resulting from an inability to communicate effectively. Experience has taught me that a lack of ability to speak in precise terms often leaves folks feeling misunderstood or just straight up annoyed. In most pedagogical contexts, whether you're lecturing, … Continue reading Coaching: An Operational Definition

The “Art” in Building Relationships

Since May 10th I have been in four different cities. Orlando, Chicago, Toronto, Raleigh. Each trip was for a different purpose: a professional convention, weightlifting competition (social event for me this time), visiting friends and family, and then back to where I live now. To those who travel regularly for work this might seem like a pretty … Continue reading The “Art” in Building Relationships

Problem with Periodization Part II: A Function of Human Error

Last time I talked about Periodization, it probably felt like I bashed on it pretty hard. Well, John Kiely's "article" (it's pretty long) is compelling and I recommend you read it. A link to the download off of researchgate is here. Some of the most thought-provoking parts of this article are actually not about training athletes at … Continue reading Problem with Periodization Part II: A Function of Human Error

Session RPE and Drill RPE Excel Workbook and User Guide

Last time I wrote about this, I had an outline for implementing session and drill RPE strategies that I finally have some experience with. Today I am going to give to you my workbook that I (and my soccer coaches) use on Excel to lay out weekly training plans. That previous article has been one … Continue reading Session RPE and Drill RPE Excel Workbook and User Guide

Neck and Shoulder Pain – Movement Considerations

In the past I have talked about the positive influence correct breathing (diaphragmatic) has on posture, as well as the relationship between neck position and spinal curvatures. Additionally, I wrote an article in which I attempted to explain the relationship between trunk rigidity/stabilization and increased efficiency and cleanliness of movement. Along with these points, I want … Continue reading Neck and Shoulder Pain – Movement Considerations