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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Build Explosive Power With These Contrast Training Workouts

Contrast training is a tool to help enhance an athlete's power. Developing the ability to exert force quickly, or power, is important for every athlete....

An Old-School Core Routine That Will Shred Your Abs

Today a lot of our core training is concerned with balance, stability, and activation of the deeper abdominal muscles. While this has a role, many don't...

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"...

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