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Plyometric Training: Preparation

By Tex McQuilkin / October 19, 2014 /

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 landing up and developing the coach’s eye in preparation for athlete assessment into eventual plyo program application.  As we work closer to plyometric program development, we must now introduce the components of plyometric…

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Plyometric Training: Assessment

By Tex McQuilkin / October 1, 2014 /

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 joints in jumping or other impulsive activities is harmful to the joints. Some might even argue they decrease explosive performance.  Our argument against this goes back to Part 1 and…

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Plyometric Training: Jumping

By Tex McQuilkin / September 15, 2014 /

Part 1 of Power Athlete’s Plyometric Training series introduced many issues with the plyometric practices of today.  The lack of investment in teaching technique, getting wrapped up in the end result, and primarily, poor execution of the jumping and landing phases.  Focusing on the wrong piece has the potential to limit the effectiveness of plyometric training,…

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Plyometric Training: Landing

By Tex McQuilkin / August 14, 2014 /

This year, like every year, the CrossFit Football booth posted up at the 2014 CrossFit Games to catch up with Power Athlete nation, introduce some new training apparel, and of course, humble passerbys with the vertical jump test.  This year we went the extra step to geek out on testing by collecting the best of…

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PAP Training For Performance on Field Strong

By Tex McQuilkin / July 30, 2020 /

The Post-Activation Potentiation (PAP) Cycle of Field Strong will lean heavily on the fundamentals of Power Athlete programming for the next six weeks, including a lot of hard, heavy, and fast training. The barbell will be loaded up daily through heavy squats, pulls, and presses, paired with dynamic movements and plyometrics to tap into explosive…

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Triphasic Training on Field Strong’s French Contrast Cycle

By Tex McQuilkin / May 13, 2020 /

This is not Field Strong’s first rodeo with French Contrast. John and I tested Cal Dietz’s Triphasic Training program on two separate occasions; First, to understand the volume and intensity first hand. The second, after seeing the results, with a mission of generating an at-home version that anyone can follow on their own. Cal’s program…

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5 Reasons Vans Should Be Your Training Shoe

By Luke Summers / April 30, 2020 /

The foot is arguably the most important system in sport and in training. It’s literally where the rubber meets the road; as long as you are wearing shoes with rubber soles, and standing on the road. Shoes have taken a foothold in our society as a fashion statement neglecting our “form follows function” principle. Companies…

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Medball Training 102

By Carl Case / August 20, 2018 /

In my last article, I reminded everyone why ball is life and dove into the world of medicine balls, discussing the (1) purpose of incorporating them, (2) how we can use them to challenge primal movement patterns, and (3) how they can aid in gaining competency across all planes of motion. This was just the…

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Medball Training 101

By Carl Case / June 18, 2018 /

Field Strong utilizes many different tools with purposes well beyond their seemingly “light” or “easy” appearances. One of the most beneficial pieces of equipment discussed in our Field Strong Equipment Starter Pack was the medicine ball. Not your average Dynamax med-ball, but reactive medicine balls, in order to challenge your ability to both produce and reduce force. This generated some churn,…

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Speed Program Training Integration

By Tex McQuilkin / May 4, 2016 /

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 Speed Program when combined with a strength program. We’ve answered the call and this post will provide guidelines and advice for integrating the Speed Program with any of the…

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