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How and When to Use “Ramp” Days

One of the biggest issues my clients and athletes used to suffer from was having crappy workouts on Monday. Were they having too much fun on the weekend? Not recovering enough? Or was there something I was missing? It wasn’t until I started tracking the recovery of my clients and athletes that I realized what […]

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The BIG Coaching Q&A Episode

Career development, continuing education, and program design: These are three KEY areas in coaching. But they could be a little overwhelming for everyone! From side-hustlers who want to coach full-time, to coaches who want to take their program to the next level, people raise a lot of questions about these topics: How do you design […]

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Q&A: Can You Do Multiple High-Intensity Training Days in a Row?

After my recent video about putting together training weeks, I got a fantastic follow-up question: Can you ever stack multiple high-intensity workouts back-to-back? For instance, could you perform a high-intensity lower body day, and then the next day come in and hit uppers hard? In this video, I breakdown 4 different lenses that you can […]

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Maria Mountain on Building Elite Ice Hockey Goalies

Maria Mountain began her career working as a trainer in a fitness center and worked her way up to become an Exercise Physiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach, and founder of Goalie Training Pro. In 2005, she opened her strength and conditioning company, Revolution Sports Conditioning (RSC), where she worked with athletes of different sports. Committing […]

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Building Better Training Weeks

We’ve all been beginners when it comes to writing programs. You remember the days…you walk in the gym, make something up on the fly, and call it “Training.” But the longer you do that, the more you realize it just doesn’t work. There needs to be a rhythm, an ebb and flow to how you […]

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Deep Thoughts on “Belly Breathing”

Back in the day, I was a huge proponent of “belly breathing.” After all, it only made sense that if you were going to get that nice, full breath cycle, that you should drive that air into the belly. Right? Not so fast boss. Over the years I realized that while air absolutely should move into […]

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Steffan Jones on Speed, Power and Stiffness in Cricket Bowling

Steffan Jones is a former professional fast bowler for Somerset, Northamptonshire, Kent, and Derbyshire County Cricket Clubs. As a graduate of Sports Science at Loughborough University, Steffan has always been driven to take ownership of improving his physical capabilities. This led him to do his own research on human performance, coaching himself to be the […]

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Movement Capacity, Fidelity and Variability

By: Jonathan Pope and Craig Weller Move well, move more It’s easy to simplify how we think about movement. You take something like a squat, and you work on doing it well. Then, you work on doing it a lot. You add weight, volume, density or complexity. A good bodyweight squat becomes a good goblet […]

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Alex Wanee on Success and Setting the Standard in Professional Motorsports

Alex Wanee is the Performance Director at PitFit Training, a motorsports performance training facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. After recovering from an illness that caused him to drop out of school, Alex discovered his passion for helping athletes realize their full potential. Inspired by this discovery, Alex began working in the human performance industry while he […]

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The Tabletop Approach to Fitness

Right now, the way we’re used to training is significantly altered. We don’t have access to the gym. We can’t use our favorite training equipment. And it probably feels like we’re getting weaker and losing muscle every minute! However, even though our training may be altered, I think now is the IDEAL time to focus […]

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Matt Johnson on Building People, Teams and Culture in College Hoops

Matt Johnson’s passion for physical preparation started with a failure when he was 15. Despite his love and talent for basketball, Matt didn’t make it to the Junior Varsity team, so Matt sought out to make himself stronger. Along this journey, he met and trained with Lee Taft, and eventually earned his Master of Science […]

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The World of Online Training

If you own a brick-and-mortar business, or if you train clients live and in-person, chances are the past couple of weeks have been rough. I’m right there with you my friend. At IFAST, we had to pivot from being a 100% in-person business, to a 100% online/virtual business in the span of about two weeks. […]

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Karen Smith on Reaching YOUR Strength Potential

Karen Smith has been a Strength Coach and Personal Trainer for over 20 years. Karen specializes in kettlebell and bodyweight training and is currently a Master Instructor for StrongFirst. In the two decades of her career as a coach, Karen has trained students of all fitness levels, from beginners to US Special Forces. She has […]

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“How Do I Get Started in Coaching?”

Today I’m going to do a little Q&A for a young person who wrote in and asked a simple question: How Do I Get Started Coaching? And if I’m being honest, the answer is pretty simple as well…BUT, you’ve got to watch the video to get that! After you’ve watched the video, here’s one small […]

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Mike and Bill Hartman Zoom Q&A Call Replay

Hey friend! Last week, Bill Hartman and I did an impromptu Q&A Call on Zoom. Now like I said, it was REALLY impromptu…considering we announced it 7 hours before we went live! But if you missed it there’s a ton of great stuff in here: Insights into how we prepped for the COVID-19 fallout, then […]

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