Chains and other forms off accommodating resistance can be used for more then just speed work. The most important thing is stressing movement patterns and chasing the adaptation, not necessarily the specific exercise you chose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyCGH5_mQYc In this case the instability of the chains add a shoulder stability component that stresses the rotator cuff in … Continue reading Accommodating Resistance
"The most dangerous phrase in the language is "we've always done it this way." - Grace Hopper Hockey, more specifically the skating stride, is essentially a single leg sport/movement. As a result, we tend to think 1-leg plyo's are important/beneficial. We tend to think 1-leg strength exercises are important/beneficial. So why wouldn't we think that … Continue reading 1-Leg Hang Clean?
“KISS. Keep It Simple & Safe.” – Joe Kenn, Strength Coach, Carolina Panthers As a strength coach you should ask yourself one simple question; what is the best exercise(s) to SAFELY get the adaptation that you are after? Whatever the answer is, do that. For many of the athletes I work with it’s very simple … Continue reading The New KISS Principle
The goal of our 'plyometric' program is to first teach the athlete jumping and landing skills before we progress to what most people would consider true plyometrics. We prioritize eccentric stability before we worry about power develop ➡️ we prioritize injury prevention over performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR-L2sNT0rg Phase One: To A Box The first emphasis is learning … Continue reading 1-Leg Linear Hurdle Hop Progression
Every month I try to put out a post with 10 or so random thoughts in regards to strength and conditioning. Here is the November edition. 1. “If you are bigger and stronger but gave up movement integrity to get there, you’ll end up hurt.” Gray Cook 2. When you are a young coach, don’t … Continue reading Random Thoughts: November Edition
“We must learn to jump off the ground and properly land on the ground before we attempt to minimize the time spent on the ground.” – Mike Boyle Most strength programs do a great job at training acceleration through speed work, traditional plyo’s and Olympic lifting, but don’t put the same amount of time and … Continue reading Progressions: Hurdle Jump
“The risk reward is just in favor of the deadlift over the squat for most people.” – Gray Cook Sport = hip hinging. Generally speaking, if you ask someone to show you their best vertical or broad jump but have them stop in the bottom position right before they were to jump, they’ll be in … Continue reading Is the Deadlift the real King of all Exercises?
"Just because an exercise doesn't hurt it doesn't mean it's not causing harm." Eric Cressey Would I overhead press an overhead athlete (volleyball in this case) with a barbell or even a dumbbell, even if it is pain free? No, the risk is not worth the reward - your probably playing with fire in the … Continue reading Overhead Pressing Overhead Athletes?
"Power development is extremely plane-specific.” – Eric Cressey Research has shown that sagittal plane power production doesn’t carryover to frontal/transverse/rotational power nearly as much as people would like to think. To develop power outside of the sagittal plane and have it carryover to sport, you need to specifically train it. The sport of hockey is … Continue reading Frontal Plane Power Development
Our 'core' training. No crunches. No sit ups. No leg lifts. No quick "core/ab" session to start or finish a workout. We use exercises that resist extension, flexion and rotation, loaded carries (suitcase/farmers) and get ups. We use exercises that demand core stability not core strength, exercises where the goal is to not move the … Continue reading Our ‘Core’ Training