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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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Interview with Eric Cressey

Eric Cressey is not only one of the brightest minds in our industry, but also someone I call a good friend. I’m really excited to wrap up “Athletic Development” month here at RTS with an interview with EC, focusing on his target niche, baseball. Enjoy!

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Interview with Dave Tenney

Dave, thanks for taking the time to be with us here today. Could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your current position? Thanks for allowing me the opportunity Mike! I am currently the Sports Science & Performance Manager for the Seattle Sounders FC of MLS. This is a new job […]

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My Top 5 Moves for Athletic Strength

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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Interview with Alan Stein

Alan, thanks for taking the time to be with us here today. Could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your current position? My pleasure. It’s always an honor to share my journey! I am a father, husband, coach and business owner / entrepreneur (in that order). I am currently the […]

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57 Random Thoughts on Athletic Training & Coaching

Seeing as how it’s athletic development month here at RTS, I wanted to do something a bit different. Rather than writing the typical essay-style blog post, I wanted to just riff and jot down some thoughts that are going through my head that pertain to training athletes. Here are 57 random things I’m thinking about […]

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The Derrick Rose Vertical Jump Program?

(Lead Photo courtesy of Keith Allison) Derrick Rose is the elite of the elite. A former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), the guy has a ridiculous amount of talent, and if he didn’t play for one of the Pacers most hated rivals, I’d have a total man-crush on him. DRose has made waves recently, saying […]

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Four Elite Speed Seminar Takeaways

This past weekend, I attempted something totally new with our seminars here at IFAST. Rather than bringing in a slew of presenters and only allowing them an hour each to present, I brought in two top notch guys in Lee Taft and Nick Winkelman, and allowed them each a half day to speak. Needless to […]

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Developing Young Athletes

With the birth of my daughter a few years ago, I’ve been inundated with questions about training young people. What types of training should (or shouldn’t) they do? What can you do to maximize their long-term athletic development? How can you maximize not only their performance, but their health and well-being? These are all great […]

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Trunk Stability for Young Athletes

Last month at the IYCA summit, I told the attendees one of my secrets to success. The secret is really quite simple, at least if you ask me! When it comes to training young kids, you must begin with the end in mind. Our goal isn’t just to get them bigger, faster or stronger, but […]

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Using the Ground in Training – An Under-Rated Tool

John Izzo is a lot like me. A hard-working guy that genuinely cares about getting better as a coach and trainer, so that his clients and athletes get better results. John offered to write a guest post for today, and I simply couldn’t turn him down. Here’s a great post from John that I think […]

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The TRUTH About Quickness?

Every year, I make it a goal to really dive in and learn as much as possible about several new topics. Last year it was the diaphragm, elbows, and ankles. This year, my biggest focuses are building better athletes – and most notably, focusing on speed, agility, quickness, and change of direction. As a result, […]

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800 Pound Abs?

Last week, I actually gave my Complete Core Fitness presentation not once but TWICE! I’ve lost count but I know I’ve given that presentation “live” at least a dozen times this year; and that doesn’t even count all the rehearsals! Upon completing one of the presentations, Jason Nunn (a professional level strongman) had a fantastic […]

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Hockey Training with Kevin Neeld

Kevin Neeld is a sharp guy, and someone that I’ve followed for several years now. Furthermore, hockey is a sport I know pretty much nothing about, but figure I’ll be watching it a lot this winter since there’s probably not going to be an NBA season! As such, I figured it was time to introduce […]

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Training the TALL Athlete

It’s funny how things happen sometimes. This past weekend, my good friend Joe Dowdell came in for the Midwest Seminar, with plans of flying out on Sunday afternoon. Evidently, mother nature had other ideas with regards to his travel schedule! As a result, Joe stuck around an extra day and his client, Indiana Pacers starting […]

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