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Shades of Grey – Part 3

In this edition of Shades of Grey, we will explore Spinal Flexion Exercises and Olympic Lifting. If you didn’t catch the beginning of this series, I started it because I’ve been thinking about some of the things that I’ve changed my mind about through the years.  These are things I used to see in black […]

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Shades of Grey – Part 2

In this edition of Shades of Grey, we will explore Single Sets vs. Multiple Sets and Training to Failure. If you didn’t catch the beginning of this series, I started it because I’ve been thinking about some of the things that I’ve changed my mind about through the years.  These are things I used to […]

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Shades of Grey – Series Intro

Shades of Grey – Series Intro:  When I got into strength & conditioning back in the early 90’s I was young and thought everything was black and white.  That’s how things appear when we’re young.  I was a hot-shot college strength coach and I thought I was right about just about everything.  I didn’t have […]

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Developing a Weightroom Culture

Developing a Weightroom Culture: Effort Based Programming I get questions all the time about strength and conditioning, and I love them. Yup, I don’t think I enjoy any other topic nearly as much.  I’ve been thinking of a decent topic to write about lately and I figured I’d touch on the most common question I […]

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Starting Too Heavy Vs. Starting Light

Beginning Weight “The weight you begin with, can ultimately determine how far you will go with that exercise” -Intelligent Lifter There are a handful of reasons why an exercise progression may fail. There are many reasons why an exercise fails the first time it’s performed.  It could be poor technique, poor weight choice, poor effort, […]

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For the Best Traps, Do More than Shrugs

Trap Training When most of us look at the trapezius, we see the lump of muscle directly over the shoulders.  It’s probably one of the most intimidating muscles when trained correctly and developed.  Not too many guys pick a beef with the hoss that has traps growing out of his ears. Everyone remember Goldberg?  Yup….nobody […]

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Tough (Haphazard) Vertimax Conditioning

There’s dozens of ways to overload triple-extension. Olympic movements, jumping movements with dumbbells, weighted vest jumps…the list goes on.  Some ways may be safer than others, easier to implement, easier to coach, or even more efficient. It’s all up to you. The Vertimax fits several of the criteria we look for, for the movements we’re […]

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In-Season Basketball Workout

High school basketball isn’t exactly married to strength and conditioning the way some sports are. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be though, and it’s still extremely important to make it into the weightroom during the season.  If your team keeps it up throughout the season, come playoffs they could be the strongest they’ve been all […]

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Neck Training 101 – Bret Contreras

A strength coach is faced with an important decision; to train the neck directly or to omit targeted neck training. Many coaches feel that the neck does not need special treatment as they believe that it gets trained sufficiently during heavy compound movements. Others feel that the neck should be trained directly as they believe that failing […]

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