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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...

Why Almost No One Should Straight Bar Deadlift

Mike Boyle believes every athlete should Deadlift. He also believes no athlete—aside from powerlifters—should Straight Bar Deadlift. Why? ...

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...

3 All-Too-Common Mistakes Trainers Make on Social Media

Social media is powerful. It connects us with people we might never have the chance to converse with otherwise. It exposes us to new ideas. It allows ...

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...

Spotting a Snake Oil Salesman: 4 Telltale Signs of a Terrible Trainer

As a parent, you understand that participating in youth athletics forces your kid to learn how to deal with challenges and adversity. Losses are a par...

5 Strength Training Tips for High School Hockey Players

If you're a high school hockey player, I've got great news for you. You're old enough to start lifting weights for real. You enter the Iron Game...

Why Coaches Who Tell the Truth Get Greater Buy-In

Javair Gillett knows all about building better athletes. Prior to becoming the Houston Rockets' Director of Athletic Performance, he was the head s...

If You're Simply Assigning Sets and Reps, You're Failing as a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Strength and conditioning coaches have never been more important. While the one-sentence job description for the role might be something as simple ...

Why It's Better for Young Athletes to Lift 'Too Light' Rather Than 'Too Heavy'

The high school sports landscape has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. In that time, athletic departments have implemented strength trai...

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