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June 18, 2018

NSCA announces 2018 annual award recipients

Health and fitness professionals from across the world will converge on the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) national conference on July 11 in Indianapolis to discover cutting-edge research and practical applications in strengt...


June 12, 2018

PEDs in Sports: The ongoing fight

The sporting world was once again turned upside-down when whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov alleged in a BBC interview that Russia ran a systematic program of doping during the Sochi Olympics in 2014. These allegations were presented in disturbing de...


May 18, 2018

Strength program design and exercise progression

There are many complex job functions of a strength coach, such as building programs and progressing exercises. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest challenges a strength coach faces. First and foremost, it’s imperative to have training philoso...


May 7, 2018

Five things to consider when upgrading your weight room

Weight rooms are becoming a hot commodity in high school sports. Here are five things athletic programs should consider before undergoing a training facility project. 1. Consult with coaches. Request feedback from sport coaches regarding their...


May 3, 2018

Powerline: Script variations for total body workouts

When planning offseason strength training days and frequency, some coaches prefer non-consecutive days of total body workouts. The most common reason is the need to consolidate lifting sessions to no more than three days per week for facility reserva...


April 30, 2018

Coach certification is vital to schools

In most professions, individuals must meet high standards and earn a certification or license. This includes lawyers, medical doctors, plumbers and truck drivers. In education, teachers have to earn an instructional certificate in their subject ma...


March 15, 2018

Powerline: Staples in strength training

Information overload is the new normal, and we have to deal with it on a daily basis in all aspects of life. The influx of data on safe, productive and sensible strength training is certainly no exception. There’s no dearth of research, suggestions...


March 9, 2018

Where’s your strength coach?

Five reasons all high schools need an experienced & qualified professional in the weight room There’s no better place to arm young people with the tools to be successful in life than in the weight room. A qualified, full-time strength coach is...


February 18, 2018

Machinery and mechanisms of speed improvement

Speed training protocols are widely varied and sometimes conflicting. One thing you can be assured of, however, is that they are high on every coach’s priority list. In my early coaching years, I read every piece of speed training literature...


January 10, 2018

Powerline: Reminders for the winter strength training program

January marks the beginning of the offseason training program for many fall sports, thus prompting me to offer some suggestions for planning it in this Powerline installment. Depending upon postseason play, many programs start their winter trainin...