John Cissik

John Cissik

John M. Cissik is the president of Human Performance Services, LLC, which helps athletes solve their strength and conditioning problems. He has worked with athletes at all levels, produced four videos, written 10 books and published more than 70 articles on strength and speed training. For more information, follow him on Twitter (@jcissik).

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The Overhead Squat: A Simple Exercise That Works Your Entire Body

The overhead squat is an exercise that you don't see used with the conditioning of athletes much anymore. This exercise is still widely used with...

How to Warm Up for Speed Training

The warm-up is important for speed training. It prevents injuries by gradually increasing the intensity of the exercise and by making your tissues more...

Get Stronger With a Wave Loading Workout Program

Wave loading is a powerful tool to help peak an athlete's maximal strength and to help them burst through training plateaus. Maximal strength is...

Use These Hip Extension Exercises to Become a Better Athlete

Hip extension exercises are an important way to help improve athletic performance. The ability for the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back to work...

How to Build Maximal Strength, the True Measure of Brute Force

Maximal strength is critical for sports performance. It impacts sprinting, jumping, throwing, hitting, batting, kicking, stopping, changing directions,...

Why Coaches Should Perform a Needs Analysis to Create a Perfect Training Program

A needs analysis is an important tool for a strength and conditioning program. Using strength and conditioning to meet the needs of a sport can be a...

5 Essential Plyometrics For Speed

Plyometrics for speed, which focus on the stretch shortening cycle, are an effective exercise for supplementing a speed training program. Anyone...

How to Master the 2-1-2 Zone Defense

The 2-1-2 zone defense is a popular one in basketball, particularly for youth basketball. In this defense, the player are essentially set up in an "x"...

Why Building Muscle Is Important for Athletes, Not Just Bodybuilders

Building muscle mass is a reason that a lot of people lift weights. When they work out they are really concerned with building larger muscles for the...

The Complete Athlete 1-Year Workout Plan: Speed and Agility Training

Speed and agility is important for success in sports. What follows is a sprogram that will develop a well-rounded athletie. This program is meant to...

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