Nate Harvey

Nate Harvey, MS, CSCS, is elitefts' executive equipment specialist and brings years of experience and knowledge of athletic disciplines to our customers. Nate developed his vast athletic history as the former head strength coach of Olympic sports at The State University of New York at Buffalo. During his 10 years at UB, he coached their first-ever national champion (shot put), four team conference champions (one back-to-back), eight of the school's twelve total All-Americans, 18 Olympic trial qualifiers, over 50 individual conference champions, 16 individual national qualifiers, and over 75 individual regional qualifiers using the conjugate method. He is also a strength and conditioning consultant for the New York Jets. He was certified in Reflexive Performance Reset in February 2017. His best total is 2,450 in the 308 weight class multi-ply division. In the 275-pound class, his best total is 2,250 sans supraspinatus. His best lifts are a 1,000-pound squat, a 750-pound bench, and a 750-pound deadlift. Nate looks forward to helping address all of your equipment needs. Contact him at nharvey@elitefts.com.

 
The COVID-Proof Waverly Project in Phase II
The COVID-Proof Waverly Project in Phase II
Our revisited phase 2 will give you good ideas as to how to start your teams back up after an extended layoff. Waverly had one of their best years in school history following this.
Speed Pull Cycle for Athletes
Speed Pull Cycle for Athletes
What athletes can I use this with? How do I know how much weight to use? How do I peak for an event or playoffs? I thought you'd never ask.
7 Intermediate Bench Hacks
7 Intermediate Bench Hacks
Pick one or two of these hacks, run them for about two months, and see where it takes your bench. Hack #4 was a tremendous help getting my raw bench to the best it's ever felt.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind at Home
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind at Home
This is not me trying to sound like a meathead lifter and talk about how I'll go psycho if I don't get my swole on at the gym. But kinda...
Explosive Strength and Plyometric Options for Upper Body: How and When to Implement Them
Explosive Strength and Plyometric Options for Upper Body: How and When t...
Speed is king, right? Then you'd better train it. I have some medicine ball throws to get your athletes up to speed. Make sure those movements are crisp and fast! Go, go, go!
2-Day In-Season Conjugate Options for Athletes
2-Day In-Season Conjugate Options for Athletes
The great thing about this system is that it's flexible. Here are four different methods you can choose from this in-season so your athletes feel good and get stronger.
Programming Sport Specific Conjugate
Programming Sport Specific Conjugate
Have you ever asked the question, "How should I adjust conjugate for X sport?” Find your answer? If not, here's what I've found to be the most productive and efficient way to adjust things.
The Waverly Project: Phase I and II
The Waverly Project: Phase I and II
In phase I of Nate Harvey's Waverly Project, it's all about movements; getting them down properly before moving on. Phase II is where the work really comes in for student athletes.
Win Games by Waving Volume
Win Games by Waving Volume
Most college programs that I've seen basically run three sets on all accessories. I didn't want to be most college programs. I had to find a way to do a ton of work and build work capacity but also not run the kids into the ground. That's where waving volume came into play.
RPE Method for the Max Effort Lane
RPE Method for the Max Effort Lane
Believe it or not, sometimes max effort work is not the best option. Here are a few scenarios where that may be the case as well as what you can do to fill in the gaps where the max effort method would be.
Why I Bought From elitefts
Why I Bought From elitefts
My first experience with elitefts equipment was from the days I was a Division I strength coach at the University of New York at Buffalo. Let's just say the price was not the only factor in why I decided we should go with elitefts equipment.
To Hell With Ankle Mobility...
To Hell With Ankle Mobility...
In the strength industry, we’re putting too much emphasis on the side dishes. We’re combining the main course and the dessert. When’s the last time you smeared your cupcake frosting over your fat juicy steak and mushrooms?!
Why You Should Never Box Squat Your Athletes
Why You Should Never Box Squat Your Athletes
You know, we hear coaches complain about their athletes' excuses... but let me tell you, coaches can be just as bad. Case in point: The excuses coaches make for not making their kids do box squats.
Off-Season Conditioning Lanes
Off-Season Conditioning Lanes
These off-season lane options are meant to keep them in the ballpark of being in game shape without beating the crap out of them. They don’t have to be ready all the time; just ready to get ready. If you think they are not sport-specific enough or intense enough, that’s why.
8-Weeks-Til-Camp Summer Program for High School Football
8-Weeks-Til-Camp Summer Program for High School Football
You won't ever find my old programs on a typed-out card. Why? Because I don't run the same program each year. I meet my kids where they're at, which is why this program isn't a program. It's an outline.
Take the Red Pill
Take the Red Pill
Here's a red pill for you to swallow: The conjugate system is like an XL shirt that fits differently on different people. With a few modifications, that shirt can be made to fit just about anyone. Same goes for the program in this article.
How Strong is Strong Enough?
How Strong is Strong Enough?
Generally speaking, if we can get an athlete stronger, that athlete will get faster. But at what point is the athlete strong enough for continued speed improvements? I hope you weren’t looking for a quantifiable answer on this one...
Bring the Juice
Bring the Juice
In order to fully help your athletes maximize their performance while bringing the juice as a coach, you have to be able to communicate to them how to do the lifts properly — through effective and efficient cues. Here, take a sample sip of some of my juicier cues.
Peaking for Sport
Peaking for Sport
If speed is what we’re going after, then why do the weights on both our heavy and light days continue to climb, and bar speed continues to fall? As we get deeper into the competitive season and continue to put more tonnage on the athletes, we are burning the candle at both ends.
How to Program Your Back Training at The U
How to Program Your Back Training at The U
Over the past few months, some things in my back training have made a big difference — variations coaches often overlook. Considering paused reps at the chest/stomach, slow eccentrics, scap movements with a rowing motion, and handle/grip variations, back training is limitless.
The Rack Athletic Performance Center: Fear the Moose
The Rack Athletic Performance Center: Fear the Moose
The Rack is an athletic performance facility that prides itself on its intelligent, passionate coaches, state-of-the-art equipment, and a community of members who are supportive and thrive in a fun and competitive environment.
Manipulating the Accessory Lane to Kick Ass, Not Get it Kicked
Manipulating the Accessory Lane to Kick Ass, Not Get it Kicked
The purpose of accessory work is to bring up the weak areas of the athletes. It is the time when we do what most people would consider bodybuilding.
Learn to Train X — Teach Your Athletes How to Train
Learn to Train X — Teach Your Athletes How to Train
In this particular clip, Harvey switches gears to provide some personal advice on teaching athletes how to train themselves – a not-so-simple technique that requires trust, buy-in, strategy, and effort.
Sumo Pulls for Athletes
Sumo Pulls for Athletes
We rarely ever did “agility drills” with our athletes, and the majority of their agility scores consistently improved. I’m very confident that proper box squatting and sumo pulls were a major contributor to this. Step-by-step, here's how to program and cue them for your athletes.
Learn to Train X — More Technique Fixes for Athletes
Learn to Train X — More Technique Fixes for Athletes
In this video, Nate Harvey discusses: the proper way to jump and land, scapular retraction and depression, and simply training what you say you’re training – a feat that’s easier said than done.
Learn to Train X — Box Squat Technique Fix for Athletes
Learn to Train X — Box Squat Technique Fix for Athletes
In this presentation, Harvey goes back to the often-neglected and rarely taught basics. His first “simple technique”, is a detailed breakdown of how to box squat correctly.
The Dynamic Effort Method with Beginners
The Dynamic Effort Method with Beginners
Many people will say, “Don’t do it with beginners” and it’s a good thing I’m somewhat anti-establishment because DEM has been a great tool in the development of a lot of beginner-athletes. The simple answer is: just do it.
My RPR Level I Certification Workshop Experience
My RPR Level I Certification Workshop Experience
So, how does this voodoo work? Honestly, I’m not sure. I don’t really care, though, because I know it works and has been a big asset to my training during the past couple of years.
6-Week Lower Body Accessory Lane Progressions
6-Week Lower Body Accessory Lane Progressions
The main purpose of this is to get you some change-up in your program and get you thinking outside your usual movement selection. I have been doing this in the gym myself and it’s amazing how mentally refreshing it can be.
Training, Therapy, and Coaching at Rekovery Athletics
Training, Therapy, and Coaching at Rekovery Athletics
Owned and operated by Ken Nowicki, this facility services its members with the highest level of soft tissue, neuromuscular, and fascial stretch therapy available, through an individually-tailored injury assessment and treatment process.
Full 9-Week High-Mileage Conjugate Meathead Program
Full 9-Week High-Mileage Conjugate Meathead Program
If you're looking for a way to keep your strength up without destroying your body day in and day out, this is the program for you.
WATCH: How to Set Up Bands Correctly for the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift
WATCH: How to Set Up Bands Correctly for the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift
Your setup will vary depending on the equipment you're using and the lift you're performing. This article includes a step-by-step video guide to ensure you're getting the most out of your bands.
Transforming Strength and Conditioning at Livonia High School
Transforming Strength and Conditioning at Livonia High School
In three years, Chad Smith has revamped an old practice gymnasium into one of the best training facilities in the country. It’s amazing what you can do with some drive and showing your administrators some initiative.
In-Season Training Considerations to Uphold Off-Season Progress
In-Season Training Considerations to Uphold Off-Season Progress
Many programs account for energy system considerations and athlete deficiencies, but there are a number of other factors I believe are incredibly important for transitioning from off-season to in-season training.
WATCH: How to Box Squat with the Rackable Cambered Squat Bar
WATCH: How to Box Squat with the Rackable Cambered Squat Bar
Not only does this bar help avoid the wear and tear a straight bar can have on your shoulders, but it also enables you to build strength while using less weight and perform several very useful exercise variations.
Optimum Personal Training: The Most Important Athlete Is the One That’s Currently Training
Optimum Personal Training: The Most Important Athlete Is the One That’s ...
Josiah O'Brien's belief is that every athlete deserves individual attention, and requires it to reach their best performance. This is why every program is tailored to the client and why the client receives full undivided attention for the whole time they are in session.
Fall Training for Wrestlers: Programming and Deload Weeks
Fall Training for Wrestlers: Programming and Deload Weeks
In theory, it's good to force your athletes to take a deload every fourth week. In reality, it rarely works out for the best. Here's an alternative option and a sample program that will keep things rolling in the right direction.
How to Teach and Coach the Box Squat
How to Teach and Coach the Box Squat
In addition to the numerous, invaluable benefits of the box squat, it's one of the easier movements to teach if you know how. Use this process to get your athletes box squatting correctly and you'll see their weight room and sport performance skyrocket.
Why You Should Use the Conjugate Method for Your Athletes
Why You Should Use the Conjugate Method for Your Athletes
There are many faults in the traditional model of periodization when applied in a sports setting. The conjugate method not only overcomes these faults, but also provides numerous other benefits to your athletes.
Full Circuit Athletics and the Role of Strength and Conditioning for Baseball Players
Full Circuit Athletics and the Role of Strength and Conditioning for Bas...
Charlie Karstedt has left no stone unturned in giving his guys every opportunity they need to be successful at his facility.
Explosive Power or True Plyometric: Is There a Difference Between Types of Jumps?
Explosive Power or True Plyometric: Is There a Difference Between Types ...
Coaches need to be careful about how often and at what intensities they play their ace cards. You cannot draw on all training methods year round, so know when and why to use these variations.
A Case for Max Effort Work and How To Introduce It
A Case for Max Effort Work and How To Introduce It
For the most profound results we need to train the area of the force velocity curve our athletes have spent the least amount of time on.
Four-Week Block of Baseball Fall Training from Conjugate U for Position Guys and Pitchers
Four-Week Block of Baseball Fall Training from Conjugate U for Position ...
Power is power and strength is strength. No matter what position you play, we have to develop both to the greatest potential. Here are the first two phases and the differences between positions.
Circa Max Phase for Throwers
Circa Max Phase for Throwers
Each time I use this method myself I feel like I could run through a wall come meet day. Now after six years of using this cycle, we have proof that it works for our athletes.
WATCH: Table Talk with Nate Harvey — Max Effort Training for Athletes
WATCH: Table Talk with Nate Harvey — Max Effort Training for Athletes
The max effort scheme you used for your last powerlifting meet will not work for your athletes. Keep these things in mind when implementing this style of training in athletes.
Meet Report: 2017 Iron Battle at Showtime Strength and Performance
Meet Report: 2017 Iron Battle at Showtime Strength and Performance
This was my first meet in a year and a half, since October 2015, when I was battling through a torn supraspinatus and a half torn right biceps. Training went well, but the meet reminded me of a few crucial powerlifting lessons.
Training Lanes: A Guide to Conjugate Programming for Athletes
Training Lanes: A Guide to Conjugate Programming for Athletes
Some people say that being a good teacher means explaining things in the simplest, easiest-to-understand terms. When it comes to conjugate programming, using training lanes is the way to accomplish this.
WATCH: Cambered Bar Band Setup with Tension at the Bottom
WATCH: Cambered Bar Band Setup with Tension at the Bottom
Much like setting up your squat, get your bands set up correctly from the bottom up and the rest will fall into place.
WATCH: Nate Harvey — Training and Coaching with the Conjugate Method
WATCH: Nate Harvey — Training and Coaching with the Conjugate Method
There are a lot of insights to gain from being both a powerlifter and a collegiate head strength coach.
WATCH: How to Teach Athletes to Box Squat
WATCH: How to Teach Athletes to Box Squat
Use this teaching protocol to help your athletes learn the ideal squatting technique and build better athletic performance.

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