The Ultimate Guide to Football Strength Training

The Ultimate Guide to Football Strength Training

Champions are built in the off-season—which is why our Sport Performance team has created the ultimate guide to designing a comprehensive off-season football training program. The guide lays out how strength and conditioning professionals create research-based, periodized, and effective training programs for football athletes, step by step. Best of all? It’s free to download!

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STOP DOING LEG DAY: Why Athletes Should Leave This Trend Alone

STOP DOING LEG DAY: Why Athletes Should Leave This Trend Alone

"Leg Day" has become a cultural obsession (and popular meme topic!) for athletes and gymgoers, but it can create some serious problems if you're training to improve performance. And yeah, this may ruffle some feathers, but here are my top 3 reasons why you should STOP doing Leg Day.

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5 Mistakes High School Athletes Make in the Weight Room

5 Mistakes High School Athletes Make in the Weight Room

Nowadays, most athletes know that spending time in the weight room is one of the best ways to get better at their sport. You know you can’t just roll off the couch after months of inactivity, show up on game day, and expect to be successful—if you want to be competitive, you’ve got to get in the weight room. Whether you’re a football linebacker, volleyball player, or cross country runner, a properly designed strength training program will help you maximize your athletic potential in competition and arm yourself against injuries. But showing up to the weight room is only one piece of the puzzle—you have to know how to utilize the weight room THE RIGHT WAY in order to see the results you’re after. Here are the top 5 most common mistakes we see high school athletes making in the weight room, and what YOU can do to avoid them.

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3 Ways Champions Succeed in the Face of Adversity

3 Ways Champions Succeed in the Face of Adversity

Adversity is a necessary part of sport. Without challenges there are no opportunities to grow, to learn, to develop. In essence, without adversity where is the fun? Yet many athletes view adversity in a bad light and as a result they are not prepared for when it comes. Guest author, Brandyn Fisher, PhD, outlines three ways champions succeed when challenges and adverse situations appear.

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Understanding Your Athletes, Part 2: Breaking Down the First 5 Articles

Understanding Your Athletes, Part 2: Breaking Down the First 5 Articles

Recently, Brian Gearity, Ph.D., Director of the Sport Coaching Master's Program at the University of Denver, shared his top 10 must-read sociology articles for coaches. In Part 2 of his 3-part series, he breaks down in more detail 5 of those articles and provides commentary to stimulate further thought and dialogue. 

 

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Performance Killers: Not Managing Athletes' Arousal Levels

Performance Killers: Not Managing Athletes' Arousal Levels

Ever wondered why your athletes play great one half, and poorly the next? Or why they score 10 points one game, and 30 points the next? Consistency has a lot to do with your athletes' "arousal level," a measure of their internal energy level (or butterflies). Guest author Lindsey Wilson of Positive Performance explains how to quantify arousal level and use it to help your athletes perform better, and more consistently.

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3 Quick Tips for Rest and Recovery After Your Season

3 Quick Tips for Rest and Recovery After Your Season

If your sport season is coming to a close, it can be tempting to attack the weight room with new enthusiasm. As the volume of practices and games dwindles, many athletes feel the need to start lifting heavy right right away, to counteract the slowing momentum of the competitive season. But while you may be itching to hit the ground sprinting, it’s important to take some time for rest and recovery before you begin your post-season championship run or look toward next season. Here are three quick tips to help you maximize your rest and recovery before you start training again in earnest.

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3 Techniques to Help Teams and Athletes Get Ready to Compete

3 Techniques to Help Teams and Athletes Get Ready to Compete

Sometimes, mental preparation can be just as important for your athletes' success as their physical preparation. Guest author Lindsey Wilson of Positive Performance shares 3 easy techniques coaches can use to help their athletes get ready to compete at their highest level.

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Gains, Maintenance, and Super Mario: The Vital Importance of In-Season Training

Gains, Maintenance, and Super Mario: The Vital Importance of In-Season Training

Stopping your training in-season is kind of like playing Super Mario Bros., getting to the final boss, then shutting off your Super Nintendo: you lose your progress! There's a lot more to it than that, but the importance of in-season strength and conditioning cannot be understated. Guest author Doug Berninger tells us why in-season training helps athletes prevent injuries and perform at their best - and why coaches MUST make it a priority.

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