The Foundation of Great Athletes—and People—Grit, Patience, and Consistency

One of the biggest benefits of strength training is hard to measure and cannot always be seen—character development. Grit, patience, and consistency are valuable truths that can be instilled through training. Those qualities will resonate with you throughout your career as an athlete, but more importantly, as a betterment to your character throughout different chapters of your life.

If you haven’t seen the benefits of strength training yet, just wait, they will come. And they will be worth it.

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Introducing the New Training Editor

Introducing the New Training Editor

We’re always looking for ways to provide the Volt Family with more opportunities to optimize your training for your unique environment. We understand that sometimes you might need to shorten a training session, to make it work for your team’s schedule. Or maybe you’d like to add an additional mobility-focused session at the end of the training week, to help facilitate active recovery. We hear you—and our new training editor is here to help you make Volt your own like never before.

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Introducing The New Training Goals

Introducing The New Training Goals

You asked, we listened! The Volt Family has been requesting workout plans outside our proven Sport Performance programs, and today we’re proud to announce that they finally are here. 

Now, whether you’re training for your occupation or just to look and feel better, Volt will build a structured workout plan to help you achieve the results you’re after. Our two brand-new training tracks, Strength & Fitness and Tactical Readiness, are the result of the thoughtful feedback we’ve been hearing from our Volt Family and we couldn’t be more excited for you to try them out.

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The New Volt App is Here

The New Volt App is Here

We’ve been working since 2011 to help athletes train the right way for their sport and performance goals. Now, we’ve taken another step towards that goal with the launch of our new athlete app! This app features a totally redesigned training experience for athletes on Volt teams and organizations—in addition to our patent-pending Smart Sets technology, powered by our training AI—and represents a big step forward in our continued effort to bring better training to more athletes, everywhere.

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Your Checklist for Coaching a Safe and Efficient Weight Room

The weight room is a chaotic place. For strength coaches, trainers, sport coaches, PE teachers, and anyone overseeing a training session, a systems-based approach helps to make order of weight-room chaos. Volt’s Bo Pearson, CSCS-certified strength coach, created a Weight Room Checklist to help organize the basic steps that coaches and athletes should complete each training session.

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Building the Habit: Four Strategies for Improving Training Consistency

Getting athletes to take lifting seriously is often easier said than done. Without any interest in the process, there is little you can do besides patiently wait for their minds to change. Making athletes do something they don’t want to do only leads to a stronger aversion to that specific activity. The introduction of training places a challenge on pre-existing habits and routines, and can be frustrating to break if they aren’t conducive to the new demand of training. The creation of new habits, routines, and environments will be necessary for the success of your training program. Inside, you’ll see four strategies to help athletes build habits that support consistent and committed strength training.

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Building Interest and Commitment

Most coaches in the sporting world agree that weight training offers massive benefits to athletes. However, from the perspective of a young athlete stepping into the weight room for the first time, it can be difficult to accept the type of commitment it will take to see the benefits of strength training. To be fair, from an athlete’s point of view, it makes sense! If that’s the case…how should you, as a coach, build interest and commitment in the weight room?

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Fool’s Gold and Diamonds in the Rough: The Adolescent Growth Spurt in Boys

An athlete’s potential is typically predicted from a young age, many times based on their size. In tryouts, coaches tend to home in on the big kids first, and forget the smaller boys. Coaches note how hard the big kid throws and hits the ball — irrespective of his technique or coachability. On the other hand, the smaller, weaker boy — who possesses a good understanding of the game and great footwork and hands in the infield (yet struggles to throw it hard) — gets discarded because “well, he’s too small.” Has this coach selected the Fool’s Gold at the top of the pile? And didn’t dig deep enough for the Diamond in the Rough?

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Overtraining vs. Under-Recovery: A Paradigm Shift

“Overtraining” is a buzzword used in the strength and conditioning industry. Often we’re told that overtraining leads to reduced performance on and off the field, delayed progress, and even injury. But does overtraining exist, or is it simply a misused term, describing another aspect of performance that’s often overlooked? Tyler Koch, MS, CSCS, argues that instead of focusing on overtraining, coaches should focus on their athletes’ ability to recover from training.

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