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.
Items Every Weight Room on A Tight Budget Needs
Items Every Weight Room on A Tight Budget Needs
Not everyone has been there — there being a facility on a tight budget — but I have. If you're feeling the financial squeeze but desperately need new equipment, these should be more than enough to get your weight room by.
5 Ways to Make Weight Rooms Work for Our Kids
5 Ways to Make Weight Rooms Work for Our Kids
To quote the third single from The Offspring's album Americana: The kids aren't alright. But a solid school weight room can make a huge difference in these kids' lives and overall education. Here are five things the best school weight rooms have.
Undervalued Tools and Overused Methods in the Weight Room
Undervalued Tools and Overused Methods in the Weight Room
When I fully shifted to powerlifting and really began learning about strength, I just kept thinking about why I never got any of this information when I was an athlete.
Go With What You Know
Go With What You Know
Whatever the reason, what does a strength coach do when things are not going as expected? This is one of the hardest things to deal with, whether you are new at this business, or have been in it for a while.
A Young Athlete's Redemption
A Young Athlete's Redemption
When the tall, piper-cleaner thin baseball player showed up, I didn't think he'd last long. I was wrong.
Setting New Standards for Freshman Summer Training
Setting New Standards for Freshman Summer Training
Interest was peaking and you know what happened?
5 Old School Principles to Hold Onto
5 Old School Principles to Hold Onto
If you do not follow these principles in your programming, you are building a house out of sand.
Your First Summer of Planning — Schedule and Program Setup as a New Coach
Your First Summer of Planning — Schedule and Program Setup as a New Coach
Young coaches often find a spot late in the summer leaving little time to prepare for the year ahead. Here are the planning and scheduling factors to consider as you construct your program.
Common Mistakes to Avoid in High School and College Weight Rooms
Common Mistakes to Avoid in High School and College Weight Rooms
These six missteps of sports training could keep your athletes small and weak — or worse, injured on the sideline.
What Is Your Programming Signature?
What Is Your Programming Signature?
The style of your coaching and the content of your program say a lot about you as a coach. If someone questions your approach, do you have an answer?
Training Beginners: A Different Approach
Training Beginners: A Different Approach
When new athletes come into your program you don't know their abilities, training history, or technical proficiency. This is a crucial part of your program: preparing your athletes for their sport.
WATCH: JL Holdsworth Defines the Culture of The Spot Athletics
WATCH: JL Holdsworth Defines the Culture of The Spot Athletics
It is no accident that The Spot Athletics has a distinct persona in the sports performance industry; JL and his coaches have worked hard to establish precisely the training facility they want for their clients.
Teaching Humility and Success
Teaching Humility and Success
One of the most important lessons is not learning how to accomplish your goals, but rather how to carry yourself once you do.
'Tis the (Basketball) Season
'Tis the (Basketball) Season
Build it in the gym, show it on the court -- sample programs to condition your ballers.
The Continual Evolution of Collegiate Strength Coaching
The Continual Evolution of Collegiate Strength Coaching
You can't lead while sitting on your ass!
The Angry Coach: A Big Part of My Coaching Philosophy
The Angry Coach: A Big Part of My Coaching Philosophy
Do you know the difference between a coach and a cartoon character?
A Lion in Iron: Time, It‘s All You Have (Part 2)
A Lion in Iron: Time, It‘s All You Have (Part 2)
You will never be as strong to yourself as you will be in the eyes of others.
In Praise of the Barbell
In Praise of the Barbell
The barbell has been vilified and unfairly characterized as an "unsafe" and "unnecessary" outdated member of the "fitness center."
Man is Wolf to Man
Man is Wolf to Man
Men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved.
For the Coach From the Coach: Create a Winning Environment in Your Weight Room
For the Coach From the Coach: Create a Winning Environment in Your Weigh...
To me, the training environment doesn’t change. All the expectations and styles are present and consistent with every team.
Equipping a High School Weight Room Without a Budget
Equipping a High School Weight Room Without a Budget
The idea for this article came about from a conversation I had through the Q&A with the Angry Coach.
Daydreamers in the Weight Room
Daydreamers in the Weight Room
Aside from all the ridiculous things I’ve seen and heard, nothing compares to what happened to me earlier this week.
Taking the "L.E.A.D" With Weight Room Safety
Taking the "L.E.A.D" With Weight Room Safety
Safety is much more than just spotting and cleaning up. It is what can define your entire program.
My Five “Ah-ha” Moments of Becoming a Strength Coach
My Five “Ah-ha” Moments of Becoming a Strength Coach
Lately, a few of the leaders in our business (Cosgrove, Cressey, and Robertson to name a few) have published articles with this catchy “ah-ha” title. I’m sure they’ve made each one of us sit in front of our computers and say, “Dang, he’s right.”
Weight Room Efficiency
Weight Room Efficiency
We all know that you can spend all day lifting, conditioning, and running agility drills. There just isn't enough time in the day whether we’re talking about a student athlete who has NCAA regulations on time spent strength training and conditioning or maybe even a professional athlete who has a hectic travel schedule mixed in with a personal life and family.

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