Weekend Week in Review

Another week, another group of podcasts and articles to read and listen to that I have dived into. Like every other week, there was a ton of content out there both in written form and through podcasts.

For podcasts, I enjoyed listening to Dr. John Rusin on the CVASP Podcast. Dr. Rusin is very active on social media but I haven’t listened to him speak very often and it was nice to hear – lots of good things.

For articles, Zach Dechant knocked one out of the park with his article on making mistakes as a coach. A must read.

Enjoy!

Podcasts

Iron Game Chalk Talk with Matt Solomon

Leave Your Mark with Stephen Norris

CVASP #160 with Dr. John Rusin

CVASP #162 with Alan Bishop

True Strength with Andrea Hudy

Articles

The Coaches Order of Operation by Todd Hamer

A Return to Play by Jeremy Frisch

3 Big Mistakes by Zach Dechant

 

Training Female Athletes

Training female athletes is no different then training male athletes. All bones are the same. All muscles are the same. Therefore, they should be trained the same.

What is different? Many coaches have lower expectations and because of that don’t get near the results they could. Don’t be afraid to push female athletes. Don’t be afraid to expect a lot out of them. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how badass and 💪 they’ll become.

Bear/Lateral Crawl

Bear Crawls and Lateral Crawls…

Benefits
🔷 Closed chain
🔷 Core stability
🔷 Hits the often neglected serratus anterior
🔷 Promotes scapular upward rotation

Problem
🔶 People rush through them
🔶 People let their low backs and hips move/drift while moving

Solution
➡️ Add an external cue that will force an athlete to not only slow down but also maintain control and stability

Band Resisted Goblet Squat

If you are anything like me then your body doesn’t respond well to heavy spinal loading through front or back squats, which leads me to performing a healthy dose of Goblet and 2KB Front Squats, which then leads me to play around with some alternative ways to load them.

Kind of like this one for a couple reasons ⬇️

🔷 Bilateral squatting is important and the movement should be consistently trained in some way, which this allows me to do
🔷 Zero spinal loading or compression, something we probably want to start limiting as we age
🔷 Bands give a unique accommodating resistance
🔷 Lower system load then but still get a training effect
🔷 Pain free – can smoke the quads without any joint pain the following days

Monday Musings

Happy Monday! Here are a few thoughts bouncing around in my head after a week of reading, podcasts and other continuing ed. Enjoy!

  1. One the last Strength Coach Podcast (#244), Fergus Connolly spoke about how continual learning is what separates the good coaches from the bad coaches. That the really great coaches aren’t afraid to change their minds because of the material they are consuming, because the only thing that matters is doing the best job possible for the people you work with. And I couldn’t agree more – spot on!
  2. The best form of athlete monitoring is having great relationships and talking to the athletes you work with on a daily basis. Chances are they’ll tell you everything you need to know and can work from there.
  3. Staying on the podcast theme, Kelly Starrett was recently on the Leave Your Mark Podcast. He mentioned that people are going to routinely live the 100 years of age going forward, and because of that we need to constantly be working on our movement hygiene if we want to enjoy those last 30-40 years. More mobility work on a daily basis!

Weekend Week in Review

Another week, another group of podcasts and articles to read and listen to that I have dived into. Like every other week, there was a ton of content out there both in written form and through podcasts.

For podcasts, I really enjoyed both of the Pacey Performance episodes, one with Keir Wenham-Flatt and Michael Boyle. Rob’s podcast is definitely one of my favorite podcasts out there – always good stuff.

For articles, for coaches that spend a lot of time on the floor working, the article by Movement as Medicine on shorter but more dense workouts is great. They are something that I have incorporated into my weekly lifting schedule and have really enjoyed.

Enjoy!

Podcasts

Pacey Performance with Keir Wenham-Flatt

Pacey Performance with Mike Boyle

Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast with Jorge Carvajal

Strength Coach Podcast #244

Leave Your Mark with Kelly Starrett

Articles

Short on Time? Don’t Your Training by Movement as Medicine

Sport Specific vs. Athlete Specific by Pat Livesey Jr.

Myths in Strength and Conditioning That Need to Disappear by Justin Ochoa

Correctives by Dan John

Injuries vs. Niggles by Eric Cressey