I’ve said for years that my job (both current and previous careers) is very easy. What I do is not life or death. What I do is empower those around me to improve. So daily I ask myself, what have I done to help?
I have left collegiate strength and conditioning because I'm concerned with where we're going as a profession. I still want to be a positive force for the profession, but I'm not sure how to help. I'll try to keep being a voice of change for positivity.
A coach once asked me, "Why do you lift?" My reply: "If aliens landed here and saw a basketball game going on, they wouldn't have any clue what was happening. But if they saw lifting, they could at least wrap their heads around what they were seeing."
I've been told I do a good job of being a heretic of the strength and conditioning coach profession, so I might as well keep it up and stir the pot with some of my hot takes on sumo deadlifts, box squatting, and more.
I’m here to remind everyone that we all have a part to play in making our field better and safer for our athletes. It's on us to ensure our athletes, schools, and overall profession are all the best they can be. Start by implementing these 5 simple steps in your program.
"We only have our word." For Union Fitness owner Casey Williams, his history with elitefts, staff, integrity, and the imagery of Pittsburgh unions and steel are the things that hold his gym and community together.
Your athletes' load and acceleration will vary greatly depending on the skillset and experience of your athletes. Your athletes' levels of experience will impact the ability of what they can and cannot do, as well as how you can assess and train these athletes at each level.
My life went through a lot of changes and adjustments during 2018, which meant I had to learn and re-learn things. Lesson 1: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but sometimes it is, so watch your lawn and don’t forget that some grass is better than yours.
Learning and thinking about the many issues that we – as coaches – face, have reminded me to look back at my own programming and question the good, the bad, and the ugly with regard to what I've seen and done over the years.
After writing about the importance of getting to know your athletes, I decided to take a real look at whether or not I've had an impact. I contacted two of my former athletes and asked them to tell me what they learned in the weight room.
In the time since I wrote the initial "Know Your Audience" article several years ago, I've refined my coaching methods and changed many things, but the enduring message remains the same: get to know your athletes better.
While there are some great things that can go on during this time period, there are also many times that football coaches run their guys into the ground with months to go before the players even see the competitive field.
Since college, I've worked at seven different universities and a few Globo gyms. I've run clinics, I've trained privately, and I've even worked construction. From all this, I've learned from some great leaders and some less than great leaders.
Entering the time period away from pre-season or in-season training, our head coach made his expectations clear: “I want to see bench presses go up by 20 pounds and squats by 40 pounds in the next five to six weeks." Easy, right?