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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Why Jumping Rope is a Must for Athletes

The jump rope is an exercise that a lot of us spent a few days on in PE during elementary school and then forgot all about. But it is an extremely...

This 12-Week Training Plan Will Prepare You for Basketball Season

A basketball workout program is important for getting you ready to be successful this season. Basketball is a sport that requires size, strength, speed,...

4 Ways to Use Box Jumps to Increase Your Explosiveness

Coaches want explosive athletes and box jumps are a great way to train this quality. Explosiveness is usually measured with either the vertical jump or...

4 Proven Ways to Get Faster

Most athletes want to get faster. Speed means you can get to the ball quicker, outrun opponents, and potentially have a huge impact on the outcome of...

Basketball Off-Season Workout: Strength and Size

If you've spent any time talking with a strength coach—or browsing the articles on STACK.com—you understand that it's critical to focus your train...

4 Exercises That Improve Power Clean Strength and Technique

Power clean form and strength are both key for developing a better power clean. The power clean is one of the big five exercises used in strength and...

Off-Season Workout Program for Basketball Centers

To dominate in the paint, basketball centers must be big, strong and have a high vertical jump. They must also have the endurance to run from hoop to ...

An 8-Week Training Program for a Higher Vertical Jump

The vertical jump is a benchmark test to help determine athleticism and power. In addition to helping to determine athleticism and power, it is also a...

How to Beat the Basketball Zone Defense

The 2-3 basketball zone defense is a common one that is seen in basketball. It makes it very difficult for an offense to enter the paint, score a layup,...

How to Master the 2-1-2 Zone Defense in Basketball

One of my favorite basketball zone defenses 2-1-2. There are a lot of zone defenses used in the game of basketball. I often call this "X" because of how...

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