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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...


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...


December 18, 2017

New Year’s resolutions for your strength program

January usually ushers-in the beginning of the offseason strength and conditioning program for a host of sports. Preparation for this crucial period forces coaches to evaluate what they’ve done in the past, discuss implementing some new ideas t...


December 16, 2017

Powerline: Managing daily priorities of a strength program

On just about a daily basis, I receive several email requests for a handout describing some aspect of our program — in/offseason training, conditioning protocols, speed training mechanics, mobility/flexibility, leadership activities and a wealth of...


December 14, 2017

Powerline: Getting strong on limited time

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="134"] Ken Mannie[/caption] The most prevalent stressor that high school coaches relay to me regarding the organization and implementation of a year-round strength-training program is time constraints. High s...