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Readers are leaders! In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield dissects his life into two parts, “before turning pro, and after.” Contrary to mainstream thinking, he actually defines “professional” as an ideal rather than a title (1): The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps. To the amateur, the game is his…Read More
Power Athlete Radio didn’t become the premier podcast in strength and conditioning (ing-ing-ing…) because of @Luke’s imperious ownership of the airwaves, @John’s life experience, or my face for radio. It’s the mindset we bring right before Luke clicks “Record”: drive harmonious conversation and empty our cups.What originally developed organically finally got a label when Jim…Read More
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 my team. I was an established leader in the locker room, knew the D-system inside and out, and now as their coach, athletes had to do what I say…Read More
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 comes from how and from whom to learn. Brass opinions that once launched folks to the top step aside for orthopedically sound, science based methods applied by coaches who…Read More
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 take in the performances from 6th round pick Tom Brady, winning his 5th Super Bowl (nearly one for every QB drafted ahead of him). and the all-but-written-off underdog Clemson University claiming…Read More
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 last 6 years – dynasty anyone?!). I am looking at the Wide Receiver position, especially two individuals: Doug Baldwin and Antonio Brown. These two were overlooked in their draft…Read More
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 than fear. Fear can be a great motivator. Often analogized with mental toughness, fortitude, or grit, a sense of fear often means something important is about to happen, presenting an…Read More
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 YOUR responsibility. A coach that knows that their athlete’s cannot achieve their highest level of greatness without you. A coach that systematically applies physical and mental stressors to prepare their…Read More
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 and development abound. Books like Supertraining and POWER are excellent educational resources. Year round local and national S&C conferences provide opportunities to learn from world-renowned presenters. And let’s not…Read More
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 oneself. However, a coach takes education, breakdown, and development well beyond the classroom, the weight room, and even the field. Many athletes show up day in and day out,…Read More