How To Increase Your 225-Pound Bench for Reps Test
How To Increase Your 225-Pound Bench for Reps Test
Here are 23 tips to master the most famous NFL Combine challenge,
Finding Strength: CORE Fitness
Finding Strength: CORE Fitness
In Mooresville, Indiana, owner Aaron Molin has amassed an amazing training facility to help grow the sport of strongman — "The Barn" is where all the action takes place.
Finding Strength: Blind Dog Gym
Finding Strength: Blind Dog Gym
Located in Lorraine, Ohio, this facility is definitely top notch with more equipment than you can dream of! Past professional Highland Games athlete Mark Valenti is doing things right by providing an outlet for all strength disciplines.
How to Train and Use the Stretch Reflex for Better Performance
How to Train and Use the Stretch Reflex for Better Performance
The stretch reflex plays a vital role in your body's ability to promote flexibility, increase strength, and develop power.
Finding Strength: NBS Fitness
Finding Strength: NBS Fitness
This is a great training facility in Memphis, Tennessee owned by strength coach, athlete, and EliteFTS columnist, David Allen.
Finding Strength: Lightning Fitness
Finding Strength: Lightning Fitness
Connecticut has quite the strongman community. This week I made my way up to South Windsor to visit a real strength athlete's playground.
Dynamic Effort Day for Athletes
Dynamic Effort Day for Athletes
Your athletes are not powerlifters. Programming them as if they are will not lead to stronger, faster competitive performance.
Conditioning for the Gridiron Warrior
Conditioning for the Gridiron Warrior
What good is that 500-pound squat if you’re taking a knee in the fourth quarter desperately gasping for air?
WATCH: Darden Q&A From the Compound — How Long Should Your Warm-Up Be?
WATCH: Darden Q&A From the Compound — How Long Should Your Warm-Up Be?
What is the best way to prepare for your training session? Do you need a foam roller? Muscle activation techniques? A reverse hyper?
Finding Strength: The Origin Story
Finding Strength: The Origin Story
This is my journey: to help people find strength, like I found strength.
WATCH: Darden Q&A From the Compound — Weightlifting for Strongman, Deadlift Stance
WATCH: Darden Q&A From the Compound — Weightlifting for Strongman, D...
Clint answers your questions: Olympic weightlifting for Strongman performance? Sumo or conventional deadlift stance?
What's My Philosophy?
What's My Philosophy?
I don't have one. I have a system.
The After Action Review
The After Action Review
A vehicle for advancing operational efficiency in sport may render a level of operational improvement commensurate with the aptitude of the organization's employees abilities and commitments.
Improve Performance on the Field: Individualize, Prioritize, Optimize
Improve Performance on the Field: Individualize, Prioritize, Optimize
Communicating with your athletes and ensuring you have a mutual understanding of goals and systems is vital to improving the physical capabilities of your players.
All Movement Begins in the Brain
All Movement Begins in the Brain
No matter the athlete, the ability to move is the most important function to build. Sometimes, it's best to slow things down.
Who Influences You?
Who Influences You?
How you learn and who you listen to will determine whether or not you keep growing in this industry.
How to Run A Great Strongman Contest
How to Run A Great Strongman Contest
These eight rules of contest promotion are vital to your event's success and your athletes' satisfaction. Do it right and they'll be back next time.
The Irrational Immediate Gratification Society
The Irrational Immediate Gratification Society
Young athletes and parents of young athletes, listen up. There's no powder or program to take you from Pee-wee Herman to Phil Heath overnight.
WATCH: Unilateral Lower Body Training for Sport Performance
WATCH: Unilateral Lower Body Training for Sport Performance
These warm-up movements will build strength and power while keeping your body unilaterally symmetrical.
Emotional Control During Competition
Emotional Control During Competition
To be psychologically prepared is to have optimized the apex of preparatory strategies that most often distinguishes the most elite level competitors, at the highest competitive stage, with their counterparts.
Performance Elements to Build During Wrestling's Off-Season
Performance Elements to Build During Wrestling's Off-Season
The off-season is your time to improve your strengths, fix your weaknesses, and come back better next year. Here are the most important things to consider when planning your training.
WATCH: The One-Motion Log Pressing Technique — Why and When to Use It
WATCH: The One-Motion Log Pressing Technique — Why and When to Use It
This step-by-step guide (with video) demonstrates how a strongman competitor can use this unique technique to increase efficiency and performance in the log clean and press.
'Because Of' or 'In Spite Of': The Modes of Sport Preparatory Strategies
'Because Of' or 'In Spite Of': The Modes of Sport Pr...
You might know your methods and you might know your results, but do you fully understand how they relate to one another? Are your methods working for you or against you?
How To Develop Strength in Untrained Children
How To Develop Strength in Untrained Children
The two most important things when working with kids: keep them interested and show them how far they can go with proper training protocols.
Programming for Athletes: Beyond the Sets and Reps
Programming for Athletes: Beyond the Sets and Reps
Ensure your athletes are physically prepared for specific sport demands by properly programming these aspects of training success.
Strongman Strategy: Events for Time
Strongman Strategy: Events for Time
There are few things you can control at a strongman competition. Pace is one of them.
4 Essential Qualities of A Badass Wrestler
4 Essential Qualities of A Badass Wrestler
If you want to be elite in this sport, there are distinct qualities you must possess. This is my guide to identifying and training those traits.
The Murkiness of High School Prep: Are Collegiate Athletes Prepared?
The Murkiness of High School Prep: Are Collegiate Athletes Prepared?
How prepared are freshmen athletes for the rigors of strength and conditioning at the collegiate level? A recent survey asked this question and the results are in contention.
Assessment Methods to Determine Ideal Speed Development Protocols
Assessment Methods to Determine Ideal Speed Development Protocols
These three velocity-based sessions build the trainable aspects of athletic speed development.
Technical Performance Factors to Consider During the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Technical Performance Factors to Consider During the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Many of the vital skills each team and player must optimize are rooted in applied physics and mechanical principles that serve as the basal constituents of all movement.
The New Era of Athletes
The New Era of Athletes
Expectations and beliefs about work ethic are changing. Are our kids striving to maintain high energy, good health, and proper nutrition in order to train hard consistently?
WATCH: Hypertrophy Circuits for Athletes in a Team Setting
WATCH: Hypertrophy Circuits for Athletes in a Team Setting
Offering a standardized program of muscle-building protocols can keep your athletes engaged and motivated to complete the training demands.
The Rationale Behind Specialty Bars, Grips, and Angles
The Rationale Behind Specialty Bars, Grips, and Angles
With a variety of unique, specialized equipment, you can program to address a multitude of player strengths and weaknesses.
WATCH: Pre-Workout Circuits to Optimize Training Time and Maximize Performance
WATCH: Pre-Workout Circuits to Optimize Training Time and Maximize Perfo...
Training a high number of athletes in a limited number of time poses unique problems for timing and extensive warm-ups. Use these quick and efficient protocols to streamline team workouts.
Peak Velocity and Olympic Lifts
Peak Velocity and Olympic Lifts
Determine what factors matter and measure accordingly. For the clean and jerk, and snatch, this may mean a need to reevaluate the implications of average velocity.
WATCH: Dissecting the Kettlebell Snatch
WATCH: Dissecting the Kettlebell Snatch
The Whethams team up on camera again to bring another technical breakdown of a fundamental Kettlebell movement.
LISTEN: The Last Sports Performance Podcast
LISTEN: The Last Sports Performance Podcast
It's been a good two years and 64 episodes with elitefts and the Sports Performance podcast. Mark reflects on the ending of a great chapter.
WATCH: Cleveland Cavaliers Head Strength Coach Derek Millender
WATCH: Cleveland Cavaliers Head Strength Coach Derek Millender
There is a lesson of loyalty and leadership to be learned from the journey of Derek Millender.
Acceleration Triumphs for Baseball and Softball Athletes
Acceleration Triumphs for Baseball and Softball Athletes
This comprehensive guide to sprint training will give you the drills, dynamic movement patterns, and training tools to improve acceleration and athletic power.
Best Program Alterations To Make When Your Training Hits a Roadblock
Best Program Alterations To Make When Your Training Hits a Roadblock
You inevitably need to change up what you’re doing after stalled progress. What do you change? How do you go about deciding what to keep and what to remove?
GPS Tracking in the Real World: My Experiences with American Collegiate Football
GPS Tracking in the Real World: My Experiences with American Collegiate ...
GPS tracking for sport's performance may seem overwhelming at first, but I have found with the right data and tracking methods, proper technology will yield improved performance.
WATCH: Kettlebell Training for Team Sports
WATCH: Kettlebell Training for Team Sports
Implement these multi-functional and easy-to-learn movements into your team training for greater time efficiency in the weight room.
WATCH: How to Implement Auto-Regulatory Training in a Team Setting
WATCH: How to Implement Auto-Regulatory Training in a Team Setting
Auto-Regulatory Training can give coaches an athlete-governed system to promote an optimal training environment with limited resources and shorter training cycles
LISTEN: National Championships, Gold Medals, and Money Ball - The Bob Alejo Interview
LISTEN: National Championships, Gold Medals, and Money Ball - The Bob Al...
S&C legend Bob Alejo breaks down training for all sports and the ever-so-important task of communication in our industry.
How the Best Strength Coaches Deal with Scheduling Conflicts and the Coaching Staff
How the Best Strength Coaches Deal with Scheduling Conflicts and the Coa...
Ever wonder how collegiate athletes manage time between scholastics, sports practices, and lifting? Here's how S&C coaches can help and develop a better relationship with sport coaches.
Aerobic Threshold Training for Field Sports: The Starting Point for Repeatability
Aerobic Threshold Training for Field Sports: The Starting Point for Repe...
To help athletes overcome the limiting factor of human performance, an adequate training program must address an individual's aerobic metabolism.
Alternatives to Traditional Size and Fitness Programming
Alternatives to Traditional Size and Fitness Programming
The best program for muscle hypertrophy and aerobic capacity extends the training perspective to a year-long pursuit of improved fitness.
WATCH: Basic Linear Speed Acceleration Drills in a Team Setting
WATCH: Basic Linear Speed Acceleration Drills in a Team Setting
Training athletes in a team setting poses problems that are easily overlooked. Here are several coaching strategies and cues to get your athletes moving smarter and faster.
LISTEN: Joe Hashey Discusses Training Process, Football Players, and What Athletes Really Need
LISTEN: Joe Hashey Discusses Training Process, Football Players, and Wha...
The owner of Synergy Athletics and two-time NSCA featured speaker breaks down his career path and gives the advice that all trainers and gym owners need to hear.
WATCH: Clint Darden Coaches How to Shave Seconds Off the Farmer's Walk
WATCH: Clint Darden Coaches How to Shave Seconds Off the Farmer's Walk
These simple pick and acceleration adjustments will give you the edge you need during the initial seconds of the farmer's carry.
WATCH: A Better Way to Train High School Athletes
WATCH: A Better Way to Train High School Athletes
A year-round training solution for the multi-sport athletes.
LISTEN: Delegating High School Athlete Accountability Through Character Development
LISTEN: Delegating High School Athlete Accountability Through Character ...
NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Fred Eaves discusses the culture he has created at Battle Ground Academy.
WATCH: Clint Darden Shows How to Teach and Use the Clean for Athletes
WATCH: Clint Darden Shows How to Teach and Use the Clean for Athletes
An old football programming staple, the clean is used (and misused) by hundreds of coaches every year. Clint Darden starts at the bottom and fixes everything a football player needs for better carryover and better performance.
Cutting Weight for Strongman: Is It Helping or Hurting You?
Cutting Weight for Strongman: Is It Helping or Hurting You?
Unlike other strength sports, your weight class dictates the implements you'll use to compete in Strongman. Here's how to know if and when to cut weight.
WATCH: Buddy Morris's Physical Preparation for Football
WATCH: Buddy Morris's Physical Preparation for Football
This specially-released footage from the elitefts Sport's Performance Training Summit goes inside the mind of a strength and conditioning pioneer.
Single-Legged and Semi-Functional?
Single-Legged and Semi-Functional?
Can proper implementation of unilateral exercise produce healthier, higher-performing athletes?
WATCH: Mastering the Kettlebell Clean
WATCH: Mastering the Kettlebell Clean
This fundamental movement requires an advanced technical proficiency. Use this video guide to help you reach total kettlebell comprehension.
Have We Lost Trust in Our Foundation?
Have We Lost Trust in Our Foundation?
In your search of what is new and exciting, do not forget the principles that are proven to produce success.

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