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

Mike Rants – Exercise Technique


Last week, Kirsten (my amazing admin and the Wonder Woman of IFAST) posted a picture of me working with one of the new guys for the Indy Eleven. I’m an admin on the page, so I get a notification that another gym owner here in Indianapolis has commented: “Better check on that lunge form.” Now…… More

How to Find a Quality Coach


Hiring a coach isn’t an easy process. It’s not as easy as poking around on the Internet for 20-30 minutes, looking up a few websites, and plopping down some cash for training. Instead, finding a coach should be a (somewhat) slow and painstaking process. You are, after all, trusting this person with your single-most valuable…… More