Author Archives: Tex McQuilkin

About Tex McQuilkin

MS, CSCS, SCCC, CHES Book a consult with me regarding coaching, training, life, education... anything your heart desires. Click below: https://calendly.com/pahq-tex/meet Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.

Power Coach: Learning

My coaching career began like many athletes trading in the cleats for the khakis. First and foremost, I wanted to stay connected to the game and […]

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Power Athlete Nation Book Club: Outsmart Your Instincts

“Your feelings will lie to you…” A common phrase in the Power Athlete coaching community. Often referring to movement faults an athlete believes to be correct […]

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Power Athlete Nation Book Club: Quirky

Firstly, thank you so much for everything, all of you have created. Y’all are awesome. I appreciate when books are mentioned on the show, these make […]

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Power Coach: Education

Strength and conditioning education is on the verge of a revolution. Sorry, the unpaid internships, long hours, and unexpected trial-by-fire situations are staying. Instead, the change […]

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5 Knowledge Bombs Dropped at the Plae Speed Mastermind Clinic

Any opportunity to learn and gain experience, I’m in. Whether this is through research, attacking a new training program, or through conversation on Power Athlete Radio, […]

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Power Coach: Potential

No better quote describes the 4th Quarter of Super Bowl LI AND final play that decided the 2017 NCAA Football National Champion. Aspiring athletes everywhere should […]

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Training Takeaways from Super Bowl LI

“The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.” – Vince Lombardi Trophy Super Bowl LI saw a comeback worthy […]

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Power Coach: Concentration

With the NFL playoffs fast approaching, I notice a consistency among top performers. I don’t mean the Patriots or the Texans (playoff-bound in 4 of the […]

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Principles of Training: Science VS Practice

Power Athlete Radio has been on a tear, formally earning the once self-proclaimed crown of the Premiere Podcast in Strength & Conditioning. As we near 200 episodes, our […]

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How to Build Team Camaraderie

NFL season is back! The first week brought some amazing displays of athleticism, come-from-behind victories, and a Houston triumph over Chicago (taste it, @Luke). Despite that, […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: The 2016 CrossFit Games

The 2016 CrossFit Games wrapped up this past weekend, and in my opinion, this was the most enthralling Games to date. Not because the freedom to […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Speed Training

As the Power Athlete Speed Program became an Instagram sensation, I found myself trolling the overused and often misapplied hashtag #speed. After sifting through countless badass […]

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Speed Program Training Integration

Power Athlete’s Speed Program has been flying off TrainHeroic’s virtual shelves and we’ve received a number of emails asking for the most optimal way to attack the […]

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Power Athlete’s Speed Program

Speed is the most coveted performance trait and for good reason. If you are fast enough you can overcome limitations in size, strength, and power limitations. Speed […]

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Coach Needs a Coach: Dynamic Functional Mobility

“…the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.” Where do you go if you face […]

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4 Magic Movements to Fix Your Squat

There is a wrong way to squat. And you’re probably doing it wrong. Determining right vs. wrong requires context. If your goal is to squat as […]

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Power Coach: Fear

Competition sees a multitude of emotions; contempt for an opponent, empathy towards teammates, and of course, the exhilaration of victory, but no emotion affects performance more […]

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Power Coach: Self-Esteem

You are NOT some corner cutting, “rah rah”, pom pom holding hype-man. You are a POWER COACH. A coach that knows maximizing their athletes’ peak performance is […]

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Power Coach: Conversations

The strength and conditioning industry is rife with bullshit, misapplication, and more coaches than jobs. Sunny disposition aside, the glass is half full, as opportunities for growth […]

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Battle Bullshit: Skill and Speed Resistance Training

We at Power Athlete have declared war on the bullshit in the strength and conditioning world. Lately, I’ve been seeing athletes and training sites showing off […]

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Coaching Around Aesthetics in Sports

“I don’t look in the mirror and think “slim”; I look in the mirror and I’m like, “Whoa, beast!” It’s just crazy how much the body […]

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Redefining Weakness Training: Programming

Redefining Weakness Training: Approach laid the groundwork.  Changing ‘weakness’ to focused practice and development all begins with the term Skill Practice: dedicated, targeted training that drives prudent […]

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Redefining Weakness Training: Approach

Your athlete’s (and your own) weaknesses are not improving.  Why?  Your use of the word, weakness. This word is not empowering performance, it’s enslaving it.  This isn’t […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Squat Initiation

PAHQ understands the power of communication.  Nothing beats the experience of a coach and athlete working off the same page.  However, as with anything involving more than […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: The 2015 CrossFit Games

Chatter among the crowds during the 2015 CrossFit Games called this the year of the power athlete.  Several events throughout the competition personified the methodology of Power […]

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Power Athlete Concussion Protection Training

Concussions are a serious immediate and long term concern for every athlete participating in field sports from football to lacrosse, and even in sports that don’t condone contact […]

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Athlete Accountability

While accountability is the key to success in any business, this is especially true with athletics.  In Sport Coach Accountability, we introduced the 3 Pillars of […]

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Sport Coach Accountability

Success in sport is not bought, never a stroke of luck, and is seldom a flash in the pan. Teams that win, win consistently, benefiting from […]

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CrossFit Regionals 2015 Warm Up Protocol: Teams

The 2015 CrossFit Regionals kick off this weekend, and a lot of eyes will be on the Team Events for several reasons.  Many big CrossFit names […]

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CrossFit Regionals 2015 Warm Up Protocol: Individuals

We don’t lift weights to warm up, we warm up to lift weights. The days of the warm up routine are over, especially with limited spots […]

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2015 CrossFit Regionals Coaches Prep

The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games Super Regionals kick off in less than a week and continue each weekend throughout the month of May!  This year’s Open […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Hip Adductors

In Attacking Limiting Factors: Hips, we introduced some simple exercises to attack your abductors and adductors on the 4 Way Physio Board.  Great feedback has poured […]

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Observations of High School Strength Coach: Year 1

Observation is a powerful tool for a strength and conditioning coach to gain experience at any level or years in the game.  Personally, simple observations have […]

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CrossFit Open 15.5 Warm Up 2015

It’s time to Face/Off with the final workout of the CrossFit Open 2015, and it is no joke. While I know everyone is sad that this week brings […]

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CrossFit Open 15.4 Warm Up 2015

Power Athlete’s first three CrossFit Open Warm Ups have been viewed over 20,000 times! The feed back has been nothing short of positive and informative for […]

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CrossFit Open 15.3 Warm Up 2015

Sorry for the delay, Power Athletes. Luke and I have traveled 30 and 24 hours each down to South Africa for the first ever CrossFit Football […]

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CrossFit Open 15.2 Warm Up 2015

The 2015 CrossFit Open 15.1 was something else, and we had over 5000 athletes hit up the Power Athlete 15.1 warm up! The implementation of the proper […]

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ACL Injury Prevention: Anti-Rotation

Common thinking in strength and conditioning is the stronger the muscle, the safer the joint is from injury.  Focusing on linear force production regardless of the set […]

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CrossFit Open 15.1 Warm Up 2015

Here. We. Go! The 2015 CrossFit Open has kicked off and 15.1 is a mix of old school CrossFit and heavy ass lifting!  Power Athlete has your 15.1 […]

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Power Approach to Lacrosse Training

This week marks the kick-off of the 2015 college lacrosse season across the country, including my boys in blue.  As America’s true pastime, lacrosse is one of […]

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Building the ‘Moment’ Into Training

“You just can’t blow opportunities like this. You’ve just got to take advantage of the great things when they come. It’s been a long road to […]

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ACL Injury Prevention: Neuromuscular Reeducation

The first article in this series, Injury Mechanisms, focused on identifying neuromuscular imbalances present in non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, one of the most common non-contact […]

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ACL Injury Prevention: Injury Mechanisms

Injury prevention in strength and conditioning is an interesting beast.  If an S&C coach does their job correctly, non-contact injuries are an afterthought in the athlete or […]

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Power Coach: Connection

Coaches are teachers, but in sweatpants instead of pantsuits.  Traditional teaching involves breaking down challenges such as math formulas or developing an individual’s ability to express […]

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Power Coach: Communication

Communication is essential for any coach who aims to truly empower their athletes.  Just as a coach must invest in their voice, they must also invest […]

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Power Coach: Experience

Strength and conditioning is an incredibly unique industry in that each individual measures experience in their own special way.  Coaching experience then becomes a difficult term to […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Footwork

Footwork is a fundamental component to performance.  A misstep on the field could be as costly as a poorly executed approach on the court.  Every sport, from […]

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Training For Wade’s Day

November 12, 2014 marks the third annual Wade’s Day. Power Athlete Nation will be banding together to honor Wade DeBruin and his fight against the pediatric […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Trunk Rotation

One concept of sports that is taken for granted is the amount of trunk rotation and movement that is a piece of nearly every position of […]

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Plyometric Training: Preparation

The Power Athlete Plyometric Series has been steadily progressing and building a solid foundation for plyometric program implementation.  We have focused on reverse engineering a jump from the […]

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Injury Prone Athlete?

I want to start this off by sharing a quote from an athlete I once worked with. “I’d never had an injury before I got here. […]

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Plyometric Training: Assessment

Plyometric training is frequently met with strong opposition, especially within high school and CrossFit communities.  Many of these opponents strongly believe that high impact loading of the […]

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Pre-Practice Warm Up Protocol

The pre practice warm up has been a thorn in a sport coach’s side for a long time. Thought to be a loss of 15 minutes each […]

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Pre-Practice Warm Up Opportunities

Over the years, we at Power Athlete have had an amazing opportunity to help sport and strength coaches improve their craft.  Natural born educators, we help them make […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Arch Development

There are many perks that come with being on the Power Athlete team; sweet gear, international travel, and the opportunity to assess hundreds of athletes in […]

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Attacking Limiting Factors: Hips

We at Power Athlete toss the term ‘limiting factor’ around a lot; especially in articles regarding mobility, warm ups, and especially, performance.  A limiting factor is something […]

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Understanding Quickness and Praxis

Form follows function.  As an athlete plays a sport, their systems specialize per given demands, including anticipation and reaction.  The athlete’s specific work-capacity increases, not only […]

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Build your own 4-Way Physio-board

Power Athlete presents a build your guide to building your own 4-Way Physio-board. Effective training tools do not have to come from a retailor. Many are […]

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Power Approach to Soccer Training

The skill and athleticism necessary to compete amongst the best soccer players in the world has been front and center during this year’s World Cup. 32 […]

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Warm Up Reflections

“A real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength in distress, and grows in reflection.” Power Athlete and Talk and to Me Johnnie cover topics like coaching […]

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How to Approach a Sport Coach About S&C- Part 2

In the first installment of How to Approach a Sport Coach, we explored the dynamic relationship between the sport coach and the strength coach. As with most […]

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How to Approach a Sport Coach about S&C- Part 1

“Tex, I am meeting with a high school football coach about training the coaches and possibly the football athletes. Do you have any suggestions on how […]

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Power Ankle

Standard anatomical textbook approach to our body’s joints is to identify the action; flexion, extension and rotation; and the muscle groups that control these actions.  Following […]

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Lactic Acid and Training – Part 3: Lactic Tolerance

The first two installments of the Lactic Acid and Training series have shown there is more to lactic acid than meets the eye.  The many theories […]

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Lactic Acid and Training – Part 2: Alactic Threshold

In the first part of the Lactic Acid and Training series, Power Athlete shed some light on the theories behind the effects and purpose of lactic acid […]

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The Vertical Jump Performance Window

For every fallacy that exists at the high school level of strength and conditioning, there is one equal to or greater than at the collegiate level. […]

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Lactic Acid and Training- Part 1

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 When we attempt to begin to understand lactic acid, most think of the burning in our legs during a 20 […]

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Athlete Profile: Braden Smith

Braden Smith POWER ATHLETE S&C Coach: Dennis Dolan Position: Offensive Lineman Team: Olathe South High School Falcons Level: High School / Collegiate Profile Athlete Background Athlete […]

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Thank you, Wade’s Army

On November 12th, 2011, a brave two year-old boy, Wade DeBruin, lost his battle with the little know pediatric cancer, Neuroblastoma. Little is known about this […]

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5 Fallacies of High School Football Off-Season Strength and Conditioning- PART 3

Part 1-Part 2-Part 3 As High School football programs move closer to the beginning of their off-season training programs, we hope you have moved closer to […]

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5 Fallacies of High School Football Off-Season Strength and Conditioning- PART 2

Part 1-Part 2-Part 3 The Off-Season for a football player is such an opportune time to focus on development. Reviewing where one fell short of expectations […]

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5 Fallacies of High School Football Off-Season Strength and Conditioning- PART 1

Part 1-Part 2-Part 3 As December rolls in, so does the end of high school football season. Some teams continue with playoff runs, hoping to make […]

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IS DORSIFLEXION YOUR ACHILLES HEEL?

As a field sport athlete, injuries are almost inevitable. I was fortunate to make it to college injury free, but two weeks before the first lacrosse […]

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STRENGTH IN EXECUTION

About six months ago, John wrote a post about the success of a program hinging on its application. In it, he brings up the importance of following […]

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STATE OF MIND

I recently visited the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports in Austin, Texas. The Stark Center is unique because it’s a museum that is dedicated […]

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Warm Up, Warm Up?

Ask any CFFB cert alum and they will tell you about the time and attention that we focus on our warm up series. So much time […]

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