There have been a lot of videos floating around the internet showing professional athletes performing some flashy and/or gimmick-like (useless and dumb) training. Then there is us, Division 1 basketball/hockey/volleyball athletes, performing ‘real’ training. Nothing flashy or gimmicky at all. Just basic stuff done really well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVPBIGrNF0k
Ring Rows are one of my favorite horizontal pulling movements and a staple in most all programs that I write. The problem with them is that they can get a little stale. Here are five variations we use at different times of the year that make the movement a little challenging and move fun. Add … Continue reading How to Progress Ring Row’s
I get a lot of questions that revolve around how we program our loaded/heavy implement power work and whether or not it’s different from other sports/athletes. In short, yes, things are slightly different with athletes that have a higher potential for shoulder related injuries. Because of that, our power work, like everything else in the … Continue reading How Do We Program Loaded Power Work With Volleyball?
Can we prevent ACL tears? Absolutely not — they are still going to happen no matter how great your training is. But can we significantly reduce them with proper training? Absolutely. ✔️ Deceleration ✔️ Landing mechanics ✔️ Change of direction ✔️ 1-Leg Strength Beyond that, a well thought out and progressive strength program that is … Continue reading Reducing ACL Injuries in Volleyball Athletes
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge fan of med ball work for power development. I’d be hard pressed to find a simpler tool to develop power in multiple planes as well as a tool to help convert the strength athletes gain into usable power. We throw, slam, toss and everything else … Continue reading Using Med Balls for Power Development
We use a lot of what I would consider unconventional movements when it comes to shoulder care. One of my favorites is the Kettlebell Bottoms Up Tall Kneel to Stand that challenges overhead stability, upward rotation, and core stability. It’s a really simple movement but a lot of bang for your buck that I originally … Continue reading Unconventional Shoulder Health Movements: Kettlebell Bottoms Up Tall Kneel to Stand
Happy Monday! Here are a few thoughts bouncing around in my head after a week of reading, podcasts, cruising social media and any other continuing ed. Enjoy! Life hack: Do something this weekend to actually re-charge your battery for the upcoming week, like actually getting out and enjoying nature in some way. A great relationship … Continue reading Monday Musings
Just like every other Sunday, we have 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. Enjoy! Podcasts Early to Rise Radio, School of Greatness Podcast and Luka Hocevar's … Continue reading S&C Week in Review: 8/25
🗣The scapular stabilizers are the most important muscles for protecting the shoulder. ➖Zach Dechant I’m not sure there is anything nor important then consistently training the scapular stabilizers when trying to keep shoulders healthy ➖which is why all of our go-to Pulling movements both in the off-season and the in-season period. Here are … Continue reading Row Your Way to Shoulder Health
I get asked A LOT why and when we program sled work. As for when, it’s pretty much year round. As for why; 👇 ✔️1-Leg horizontal strength, which we really can’t replicate in any other way ✔️Forces hip extension and forces the use of glutes and hamstrings as a unit, which most athletes could use … Continue reading Sleds as a Strength Exercise?