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As strength and conditioning coaches, most of us found our passion in the gym and on the playing field. We are masters of our physical craft, and can articulate the most complex training methodologies to anyone and everyone.   In the evolving world o ...
Becoming a physical therapist requires a lot of formal education. We have to take an undergraduate and a master’s degree filled with anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, and psychology courses. Most of us are in school six or seven years. Then w ...
Odd Haugen is 66 years old, and he is stronger than you.   Okay, maybe not stronger in every way, but almost certainly stronger than most in some way: grip strength, MAS wrestling skills, or handling Thor Hammers, atlas stones, or Thomas Inch dumbbel ...
We’ve been running the Takano Weightlifting coaching internship program since July of 2014 and have had 23 interns graduate. I get inquiries and resumes all the time from prospective internship candidates. And whenever I present at courses or semina ...
I grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s. I have been an athlete my entire life and have loved football for as far back as I can remember. One of my favorite training stories from the mainstream media as a kid was the hill that legendary running ba ...
A scene from the great documentary Pumping Iron comes to mind when considering what has become known as the mind-body connection. The documentary is centered on the rivalry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno for the Mr. Olympia Crown.   T ...
As my generation of baby boomers goes not so gently into that good night, an increasing number of “seniors” have expressed interest in sports activities. The interest in my sport of weightlifting has shown considerable growth in recent years. ...
I spent thirteen years playing offensive line (o-line) - specifically, center. I can tell those of you who have never had the chance to play on the line that we are a group of selfless guys who are a family within the family. We will almost never get any ...
Programming is an art form, no doubt about it. Someone who can show instinct, flexibility, and creativity in his or her programming is a rare talent. Many of us get bogged down in systems and software, where the artist is lost. Plugging exercise A in here ...
Sports coaches are constantly exposed to new, exciting exercises via Facebook, Twitter, and every sport-specific strength forum under the sun. But without a proper foundation, it’s impossible to process all the information.   Simply throwing go ...
Before we begin, let me qualify what I mean by speed. I’m not talking track speed. When I think of speed, I immediately think of multi-directional/change of direction speed. Most every sport I deal with needs this type of speed, rather than the trad ...
Coaches are inundated with more videos of cool-looking, “sport-specific” exercises than they can possibly process. However, they are never given a good procedure by which to interpret, categorize, and organize their training. Randomly assortin ...
We’ve all seen it. A line of athletes drags through a circuit of agility ladders, mat drills, and an endless succession of 20 yard shuttles as coaches scream about toughening up and being strong in the fourth quarter. Athletes stumble through d ...
One of the best things about working in the fitness industry is the constant room for growth and opportunities to learn from the best minds in the industry. As fitness professionals, we hold continuing education in high regard. We aim to continually learn ...
One dogma is as entrenched in sports coaches’ minds as a Texan’s love for good barbecue:   If you are going to develop a good sports performance program, you should base it upon a foundation in the Olympic lifts, particularly if you want ...
Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a new trainer like a visibly pregnant woman walking into class. All kinds of questions and anxieties surface. Is this a safe workout for her? Can pregnant people even work out? What if her water breaks?   I have h ...
It is entirely possible to train for the sport of weightlifting on a solitary basis. Many have done it this way, and no doubt many will continue to do so. It is also possible to be coached on a one-on-one or even online basis. However, this is not to say ...