What I’m Currently Reading

Here is what I am currently working my way through;

tribe of mentors

Very, very long, but a ton of life advice from some of the most successful people in the world. Worth the investment.

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Second time around with this, but lots of little tidbits to takeaway, mostly on the ‘why’ of Mike Boyle’s thought process when it comes to training athletes.

Bob Hoffman Isometrics

A lot of talk recently on isometric training and the benefits athletes can see from it. I believe it was Robbie Bourke on the Just Fly Performance Podcast and I wanted to read up on some of the science behind so I didn’t blindly implement something I knew nothing about into some of our strength programs.

Weekend Goodies

Another Sunday which means another handful of sport performance articles from the past week and some sport performance podcasts that I listened to in the last week, some new and some older. Enjoy!


Strength Coach Podcast #220

Strength Coach Podcast #220.5

Physical Prep Podcast with Brett Bartholomew

Rugby Strength Podcast with Tony Holler

CVASP Podcast with Anna Kuzan


Random Thoughts: December Edition

Post Season Aerobic Circuits

How to Use the Hex Bar for Sports Training by Carl Valle

All Pain No Gain: Why the High-Intensity Training Obsession has Failed Us by Joel Jamieson

Nordic Exercise: Best Options for Hamstrings? by Carl Valle

Post-Season Aerobic Circuits

Nothing crazy here, just a post-season aerobic circuit with UNH Volleyball. The ultimate goal of the aerobic circuit is to build a larger aerobic base that will allow an athlete to endure more physical stress as the off-season begins and starts to become a little more stressful in the weight room from both a strength training and conditioning standpoint. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace from our more traditional in-season lifts.

Random Thoughts: December Edition

Another month, another group of random thoughts that are going through my head. Some from working day to day in the weight room, some through listening to others thoughts in podcasts, and some due to what I have been reading. Enjoy!

  1. Changing respiration changes physiology. Diaphragmatic breathing is clearly important, but I still think its underrated in the world of strength & conditioning and physical therapy.
  2. I find myself using a straight bar less and less these days. We hang clean and hang snatch with a straight bar. We also bench with a straight bar. Sometimes we will perform split squat variations with a straight bar but that isn’t often and its typically to add some variety to the program. Other then those exercises, we almost never touch a straight bar.
  3. Tony Holler said that “Sprinting potentiates jumping.” Therefore I would think performing more speed work with jumping athletes like volleyball and basketball might be beneficial.
  4. “Typically the limiting factor in acceleration is strength.” – Joe DeFranco.
  5. Isometric work has been gaining a little bit of steam recently. A question I have: if you get stronger through isometric holds at the top and bottom of a movement pattern, will the entire movement patter (the middle) get stronger?
  6. Anthony Donskov spoke on some of his lower body work in-season with hockey teams. He performs hamstring movements earlier in the week because the hamstrings are fast twitch and take longer to recover. In addition, he performs his tougher knee dominant movement later in the week because they are more slow twitch and can be trained with minimal fatigue on the ice. An interesting thought process.
  7. Frontal plane and transverse plane movements are huge for athletes and shouldn’t be overlooked…yet they are more often then not.
  8. I tend to think most non-traumatic injuries are either because of continuous overuse or are caused because the body couldn’t control and external force. Both probably aren’t a good thing but both can probably be avoided.
  9. For most people, I think the risk/reward between goblet squat vs. back squat or split squat vs. back squat falls in favor of goblet or split squat.
  10. I think pre-game warm ups need some type of high intensity/high speed movements to ready the body for what is to come. Something like a few reps of some type of linear/lateral speed work might fill this bucket.