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My 2016 Coaching Agenda

Last year, I wrote a rather lengthy post on my personal goals for 2015. It was pretty cathartic to get all of this written out and on paper, but at the same time, I’m not sure how valuable it was to someone like you, who is sitting at home trying to learn! So this year, […]

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5 Benefits of Single-Leg Training

The debate between unilateral (single-leg) versus bilateral (double-leg) lifts has raged on for nearly a decade. In one camp, you have coaches that really, truly believe that single-leg lifts are on par (in all respects) to bilateral lifts. And on the other hand, you have coaches who would never, ever, consider having their athletes perform […]

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4 Ways Joe Kenn Made Me a Better Coach

I never have, and never will, claim to be a perfect coach. Like most of us, the deeper I dig, the more I realize I really don’t know. But one thing I feel helps keep me at the top of my game is surrounding myself with other great coaches. I know that if I spend […]

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FREE Single-Leg Training Video

Yes, this is an “old” post (but still, incredibly valuable). And while I’m sure some of the exact details of my argument have changed, the big picture philosophy has not. Yes, I’m putting it up again because I know people have not seen it. In fact, I actually posted this all in the way back […]

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The Road to 600

The Road to 600

This is a guest post by Nick Rossencutter The 600 pound deadlift.  It is a milestone that I chased and wanted  for quite a long time. Flash back to early 2009, my final year of college.  I had just competed about 5 times in 8 months and was determined to pull a 600lb deadlift. I […]

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How to Hack Team Sports Conditioning Tests

Over the past couple of years, team sports conditioning tests have become the bane of my existence. Well, let me preface that – bane of my existence along with early sports specialization, everyone being a nutrition expert, and a host of other things. But I digress… First and foremost, these tests are often stupid and […]

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Strategic Deconditioning for Athletes

Strategic Deconditioning

This is a guest post by Travis Hansen This particular training concept or technique was originally brought to light by Bryan Haycock. 1 I read a statement from Christian Thibadeau and I think he references its definition very well. Paraphrasing of course, Strategic Deconditioning is the improvement of our muscle cells “trainability” or responsiveness to […]

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4 Ways I’m Evolving as a Coach

Evolving as a Coach

I’m a big believer that there is no such thing as staying neutral. Either you’re getting better, or you’re worse. Period. As a coach, I’d like to think my core philosophy is in place. But while the big rocks are pretty firmly placed, there’s a lot of room for evolution and growth. After all, in […]

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4 Tips for Unconventional Fat Loss

The fat loss industry is an interesting space. You’ve got the supplement guys and their magic pills. You’ve got the fad diets that all proclaim to be “The last diet you’ll ever need.” And of course, you’ve got trainers with zero experience and no real-world results claiming they’re a fat loss expert (on the Internet, […]

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How Long Should You Stay on a Program?

It may sound incredibly basic, but I get this question all the time from young and old trainees alike: How long should I stay on my program? It’s such a simple question – but like most things, the answer isn’t quite that simple! Let’s dig a bit deeper, and see how your goals directly affects […]

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Athletic Strength

The Athletic Strength training group is live! You can sign-up for the group here: Athletic Strength Please remember: Registration will close on Friday, February 27th and midnight, EST. If you want to join, please sign-up ASAP. Thanks! All the best MR

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3 Tips for Successful In-Season Training

Over my coaching career, I’ve navigated the treacherous waters of in-season training with high school, college, and professional athletes. Needless to say, it’s not easy. I always kid around that coaches that work with teams year-round are masochists, as there’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes than simply understanding the biomechanics or […]

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Relative Strength: Seven Tips to Unlock Athletic Explosiveness

There’s a secret purveyed in most sports performance circles that is misguided. While, absolute strength gets all the glory as a cure all, relative strength reigns king for athletes. In other words, being strong isn’t enough. It’s vital to be strong for your size, too. Wait…What? 
“I thought being super strong was a cure all?” […]

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Real Talk about Aerobic Training for Athletes

A few weeks back, my good friend Joel Jamieson and I saddled up to the conveyor belt sushi place in Seattle, WA, for a meal after a long morning of work. Over the 2 hours that spanned our drive, wait time, and meal, we covered a wide range of topics. Neuroeconomics. Business. And of course, […]

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Specialty Bar Training for Athletes

As a reformed powerlifter, the move away from strictly barbell exercises was not easy. Because let’s be honest – the barbell squat, bench and deadlift are fantastic ways to get strong. However, in my effort to build the most complete athlete known to man, while simultaneously keeping them healthy, sometimes the barbell falls by the […]

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