Interview with Darcy Norman


Darcy Norman is a coach that I’ve followed and respected for years. We met for the first time at the Sounders Sports Science seminar last year, where we got to talk shop and compare notes on training our soccer players. Not only is Darcy one of the nicest guys in our industry, but incredibly smart,…… More

Interview with Mark McLaughlin


On a daily basis, I’m seeking out the best and brightest in our field to learn from. If you do this long enough, you know that most are spewing the same rhetoric that there buddies are. But Mark McLaughlin is different – and someone I’ve always wanted to learn more from and about. In this…… More

Random Friday 8-29-14


Oh hey there – long time no see! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, with work, travel, and a bunch of personal commitments all coming together at once. But I wanted to get this blog up today, just so you know what all is going on – and that I haven’t forgotten about you.…… More

Q&A: Speed Work


Q: I was wondering if you could help me when it comes to programming for speed sets.  Do you have an optimal percent range that you use when working on bar speed?  I am working with a sprinter right now and wanted to start adding some speed sets in, but I am not sure how…… More

Managing the In-Season Athlete


The other day I was texting with my good friend (and Portland Timbers center back) Danny O’Rourke, and we were discussing how to approach in-season training and lifting. After our discussion, I thought this would be a great opportunity to discuss the topic here on the site. (This is also going to be the entire…… More

Random Friday 7-25-14


When I first started blogging, it was so much fun. Instead of writing a 1,500 or 2,000 word article, I could just crank out 400 or 500 words whenever my little heart desired. It was easy, effortless and care free. But over the years, I’ve made it a goal to post higher-quality materials. With everyone…… More