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Robbie Bourke on Building Explosive Power with Jumps and Throws

Robbie Bourke is a physical preparation coach from Ireland who focuses on Gaelic sports such as Gaelic football and hurling. I first met Robbie years ago at a seminar I did in Dublin, but we’d interacted for years online before that. Robbie is a very inquisitive guy, and peppered me with great questions over the […]

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Matt Nichol on Power, Conditioning and Hip Health in Hockey

Matt Nichol received his Bachelor of Education degree (Kinesiology/History) from McGill University and his Masters of Kinesiology & Masters in Coaching Theory from York University. He is a veteran Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 20 years of field experience. He has worked with teams in the NHL, NFL, CFL, KHL and privately with athletes […]

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Mike Young Discusses Everything Plyometrics

Mike Young is the Director of Performance and Research at the Athletic Lab, an athletic training facility in Cary, North Carolina. Whether it’s his work with track and field athletes, classifying plyometrics, or training soccer players, Mike is a guy who I’ve truly enjoyed learning from for years. In this show, Mike and I discuss […]

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4 1/2 Ways to Reintroduce POWER to Your Training Program

As athletes, we all know that power is the name of the game. Sure strength is important, but at the end of the day, being strong isn’t enough. It’s being able to express that strength as quickly as possible that’s truly important. The unfortunate thing is a lot of athletes aren’t training power correctly. Or […]

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5 Qualities EVERY Athlete Should Train

Building an athlete requires building multiple physical qualities. When I first started in this industry, I took a lot of pride in the fact that I was “strength and conditioning coach.” But I think in many cases, we took the title “strength and conditioning” a little bit too literally. And if we’re being totally honest […]

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Physical Preparation with Bryan Mann

Almost three years ago, I was attending the Sounders Sports Science seminar in Seattle. A group of us went out to dinner after a long day of learning, and over the course of drinks I struck up a conversation with a guy across the table. We had both competed in powerlifting, so naturally we hit […]

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How to Write Power Training Programs

Power training is critical in athletics. Whether it’s the ability to juke a defender and break off a big touchdown run, hit a baseball 400 feet, or slam dunk a basketball, power is a key component that every performance coach must program for. However, before you blindly jump in and start doing 100 repetitions of […]

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My Top 5 Moves for Athletic Power

Let’s start with an important, yet not so obvious statement…. Athletes are not professional lifters. Does strength have carryover to what they do on the field or court? Absolutely. But is it the be-all, end-all of athletic development? Absolutely not. When it comes to developing a well-rounded athletic development program, you can’t put in everything […]

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Wil Fleming Interview

Note from MR: Wil Fleming is a guy I’ve become close with in recent years, and beyond having great hair, he’s also an awesome guy to chat with. The guy owns a successful business, coaches high-level athletes, and is an Olympic lifter himself. In this post we’ll discuss training, coaching, and everything in between . […]

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3 Keys to Improving Power

As an athlete, power reigns supreme. Sure maximal speed is important, and being brutally strong can help, but if you want to be at your best it behooves you to improve power. Unfortunately, I think most athletes go about this entirely wrong. First and foremost, they spend all their time focusing on force production vs. […]

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Force Absorption vs. Force Production

“.2 off your 40 in 8 weeks!” “2 inches on your vertical in 6 weeks. Guaranteed!” If you’ve been in the athletic development industry for any period of time, claims and guarantees like the above aren’t anything new. In fact, especially when it comes to young athletes, it seems as though if you’re not making […]

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Can You Guarantee Improved Performance?

Every athlete I’ve worked with wants to improve their performance. And many will do damn near anything to improve it. If you would’ve told me when I was 16 years old that you could help me jump higher to dunk a basketball, I would’ve done damn near anything.

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Just Beat It

Note from MR: Today we have a guest blog from a good friend, fellow trainer, and IFAST client Steve Long. If you’ve never done any work with a sledgehammer before, this article may push you over the edge! Sledgehammers are a great tool regardless of whether you want to improve your conditioning or just look […]

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Q&A: When to incorporate speed/power drills

I was recently asked when the best time to incorporate speed/power drills into a program is.  This could include sprints, plyometrics/jumps, medicine ball work, etc.  I would also lump technical training into this category as well, because the rules of training are generally the same. It’s generally regarded that if your goal is to become […]

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