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Off-Season Football Training for In-Season Success

We all know (or most of us, anyway) that great athletes are made in the off-season. Far too often, though, we see sport coaches who get their athletes in mini-camp who are overweight, out-of-shape, and simply not performing at the level they would expect. So what do they do? What’s their solution? Two-a-days. Gassers. 20 […]

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Props to Eric Cressey

One of the reasons Eric Cressey and I get along so well is because he’s a real-world, in the trenches strength coach. Unfortunately, a lot of people on the Internet who are talking about coaching and training are doing so from a totally theoretical standpoint. They aren’t out there making kids better. They’re not working […]

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My Thoughts on Youth Training

As many of you already know, a huge section of our clientele at IFAST is young athletes. With kids as young as 11, up to those finishing off their high school career, I can say without reservation the most enjoyable part of my day as a coach is working with these kids. Let me tell […]

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Coordination Training & Young Athletes

The myths and falsehoods associated with Coordination Training are plenty.  I’ll outline the ‘Top 3′ here: Coordination is a singular element that is defined by a universal ability or lack of ability Coordination cannot be trained nor taught Coordination-based stimulus should be restricted to preadolescent children This article will provide a broad-based look at each […]

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Total Football Training Review

As I’m sure many of you have noticed, San Francisco 49’ers strength coach Duane Carlisle recently released a new product titled “Total Football Training.”  I actually wrote a preliminary blog about it last Friday, which I’ll link to below: Total Football Training – An Early Review As promised, I took the time to review the […]

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Distance Running – Is It Healthy?

(Note from MR: This week and next I’m going to rehash some of my most popular newsletters to-date.  If you aren’t already a subscriber, be sure to fill out the form on the right-hand side and get tons of free stuff!) A few days ago, I reviewed a NY Times article which espoused the benefits […]

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High School Football Training for Dummies

Imagine this, if you will…. It’s Memorial Day Monday.  You’ve spent some great time with friends and family, the past two days, enjoying the weather and simply catching up on life. You should have one more day to relax, but instead, you’re woken by the alarm clock going off at 5:15 in the morning?

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The Single-Leg Solution for Athletes

One of the primary groups I created the Single-Leg Solution for was athletes. Strangely enough, single-leg training can benefit a wide variety of athletes in a whole host of different ways. For endurance athletes, improving stabilizer recruitment and strength could go a long way to rehabilitating injuries, as well as preventing future injuries from cropping […]

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REAL Mini Marathon Training

Today, I’m pissed off. How can I be pissed, you ask?  I’m two days out from vacation.  I shouldn’t have a care in the world! Today, all I wanted to do was write my Random Friday blog post, as I had about 8-10 great points to throw in there. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Today, I’m going to […]

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Got Shoulder Problems?

Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold have managed $1 billion in shoulders. Read that again: ONE BILLION dollars! But that’s not even what this post is about. Lately it seems as though people want black and white, a line in the sand that says “rehab starts here,” or “the personal trainer/strenth coach can work with someone […]

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The Strength and Conditioning Conundrum

Last night, I was reminded of a sad-fact regarding high school sports, as well as strength and conditioning in general. We have a new kid that’s been coming into our facility, and his goals are simple:  Get bigger and stronger for football season.  Easy enough, right? Not so fast. He’s scheduled for an appointment at […]

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Olympic Lifting for Average Bros, Part I

The winner of our “Rock the Vote” blog post, we’re going to discuss the best ways to integrate Olympic lifts into your training program.  What I’m actually going to do is spread this out over numerous blog posts, as it’s a pretty expansive topic. DISCLAIMER:  I’m not a world-class Olympic lifting coach.  I’ve spent a […]

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Random Saturday 12-19

Unfortunately, my server connection was a little wonky at the gym yesterday, so Random Friday has turned into Random Saturday. Regardless, I hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend! – Wednesday was the last day for Mike the Intern (pictured above on the right) at IFAST.  Today, he graduates from Western Michigan University.  […]

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Glass Boxes and Softball Players

The other day I was perusing my Facebook inbox, and read over the following message: Mike – I have been enjoying your Assess and Correct program and learning lots. Thanks so much. Had a little problem with a group of 8th and 9th grade softball girls that just started with us. They all are very […]

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Better Stability for a Bigger Vertical Jump

“Stability maximizes activation.” This was a quote from Bret Contreras following an article he had posted on T-Muscle last week. While I didn’t agree with the article entirely, this quote really stood out. There’s a delicate balance between the strength in the prime movers of a joint, and the strength of the underlying stabilizing muscles.  […]

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