Joe Lopez

Joe Lopez

Joe Lopez is the New Jersey State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was previously a member of the New Jersey State advisory board committee. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Inception Sports Performance in Madison, New Jersey, where he works with many athletes, specializing in baseball, track, hockey and endurance athletes.

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How Strength Coaches Build Training Programs

One of the questions I get a lot is how do I write strength programs for my athletes. Most people don't seem to understand how much effort goes into...

Why I Don't Think CrossFit is Good For Athletes

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The In-Season Workout for Baseball Pitchers

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How to Optimize Your Stretching Routine

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Golf isn't often associated with major injuries, but the explosive nature of the swing can take a serious toll on the body. To prevent injury, you...

Plyometric Exercises for Runners

Picture yourself on the starting line of a race. You're in the blocks. You pull back to create eccentric motion in the lower leg before firing forwa...

The Ripped Lower-Ab Workout

To get a true six-pack—one where even those hard-to-define lower abs look nice and cut—you need to work your abs in more ways than one. Standard...

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