Posts categorized in:

Programming

5 Tips for Writing Better Gen Pop Programs

Note from MR: Todd Bumgardner and Chris Merritt are two guys I truly respect in our industry. Not only are the life-long learners, but they’re also guys who simply “get” the training process. In this article, Todd is going to give you some fantastic ideas on how to write better gen pop programs. And while […]

Continue Reading

Training the Overhead Athlete (and Meathead)

Note from MR: I’m slooooowwwwwwllllyyyyyyy recovering from the Physical Prep Summit this weekend, but I wanted to make sure I got some fresh content to you ASAP. Tony Gentilcore is a guy I’ve known for years, and it’s been cool to watch him grow and evolve. In today’s post, he’s going to give you the […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

6 Ways to Improve My Training Programs

I have one simple goal in life: To get better every day. Now keep in mind – I said it was a simple goal. But definitely not an easy one 🙂 And while this goal applies in all areas of my life, it’s really evident when it comes to my coaching and programming. I have […]

Continue Reading

Periodization for the Everyday Athlete

If you’re over the age of 30, chances are you realize you can’t train like you used to. Back in the day, you could go four, five, or six days week for 90 minutes to two hours in the gym with no problem. But now, things are a bit different. You’ve got real, live sh*t to […]

Continue Reading

5 Updates to My In-Season Training

I’ve been doing this physical preparation thing for 16 years now, and it’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. While I’ve always spent more time coaching athletes in their off-season, the past three years have provided a new challenge: Keeping athletes fit, healthy and strong over the course of […]

Continue Reading

5 Steps to Building Better Athletes

Today I’m giving you the goods. Not that I ever really hold back, but today, I want to give you something that will make a profound impact on how you train your athletes. As my good friend Joe Kenn says: The days of taking a kid and putting a bar on his back Day 1 […]

Continue Reading

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Programming and Coaching

As coaches and trainers, we’re constantly looking for tools to make us better. Maybe it’s a new style of programming. Maybe it’s a new exercise you’ve heard a lot about. And maybe it’s  coaching and cuing one of our big-bang exercises in a slightly different way. The bottom line is that we coaches will leave […]

Continue Reading

5 Things I Wish Someone Would’ve Told Me About Coaching

In the summer of 2000, my life changed forever. I thought I wanted to do something in fitness, and the thought of being a personal trainer or strength coach sounded pretty darn cool. Problem was, I’d coached/trained less than 10 people in my entire life! (I had, however, become an absolute ninja assassin in the […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Do Athletes Need More Anterior or Posterior Chain Work?

Ever since I got into the world of physical preparation, there’s one simple rule that no one ever seems to argue: All athletes need more posterior chain work! And in the interest of being transparent here, I was firmly on board with this point of view. I wrote about it in articles. I preached it […]

Continue Reading

5 Goals of Pre-Season Training

Pre-season is here for the soccer bros. And whenever we have one of these big shifts in mindset, it often leads to some good insights from myself as a coach. Quite simply, what are our goals for this period of time? Are we doing everything in our power to serve our athletes? And perhaps most […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Tempo/Oxidative Lifting

When you’re coming up in the industry, it’s really easy to think you know everything about everything. Case and point: We all know that if you want to be super awesome at lifting, sports and life, you only need fast-twitch muscle fibers, right? And in some regards, that makes sense. After all, fast-twitch fibers are […]

Continue Reading

Prepping for the Pre-Season

When it comes to writing and critiquing programs, I’m not sure anyone is harder on themselves than I am. I’d like to think that over the years I’ve had quite a bit of success with athletes at all levels, but that doesn’t mean I’m not always tweaking and refining things to get to the next […]

Continue Reading

My Favorite Fat Loss Protocols

If November is all about Thanksgiving… …and December is all about Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa… …then January is all about the New Year, and of course, New Years Resolutions. Every day when I go to work at IFAST, I drive right by a huge commercial gym. The past three to four weeks, the parking […]

Continue Reading