Training Articles

Sports performance training is the physical and mental process of working toward specific athletic, performance or fitness goals through a regimented program. Research shows that to significantly improve sports performance, overall athleticism and physical ability, athletes must complete training sessions in addition to playing their sport. Training refers to the workouts, exercises and drills they perform outside of organized practices to improve their Strength, Speed, Conditioning and Flexibility, as well to rehab and prevent injury. Well-rounded programs also include Sports Psychology training. Maximize your sports performance with advice from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

Return to main Training page

Are We Building Better Athletes or Just Weight Room All-Stars?

The field of strength and conditioning is at a pivotal fork in the road. In an industry obsessed with appearance and weight room PRs, every coach, ath...

Hack Squat: Upgrading the Old-School Strength Staple

The Barbell Hack Squat is an old-school strength exercise that's been around forever. Essentially a Deadlift that begins with the barbell behind your ...

Training a Team in the Weight Room? 5 Simple Hacks You Should Be Using

You can find several similarities between training the average person and training the competitive athlete. Since I'm a coach with experience in both ...

Want to Improve Your Lead Leg Block? Do This in the Gym

The lead leg block is an important key to throwing velocity for baseball pitchers. As the front foot strikes the ground, the linear momentum of the lo...

A Strength Coach's Job is Bigger Than One-Rep Maxes

Strength and conditioning coaches are often the ones who are screaming about "the process" and how important it is to stay the course. When it come...

How to Utilize Games to Accelerate Athletic Development

For years I've seen coaches and parents roll their eyes when I mention game play for better athletic performance on the field. No, I'm not talking ...

Why Chasing Six-Pack Abs Shouldn't Be a High Priority for Athletes

Do you want to look good or perform good? Some of the world's top athletes have six-pack abs. Some of them don't. Despite what the common perceptio...

How Strength and Conditioning Coaches Can Identify Heat Illnesses

Roughly one year ago, Maryland football was going through a spring conditioning practice when 19-year-old Jordan McNair collapsed from heat stroke. He...

Why Better Rotation Is One of the Most Overlooked Ways to Increase Athletic Performance

First we build movement proficiency in a pattern. Then we build strength in that pattern. Lastly, we develop power to take our development of a patter...

What Exactly Is Sport-Specific Training?

Sport-specific training has become one of the trendiest buzzwords in sports performance. Parents now constantly ask trainers if they offer it. In resp...

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
...