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Power Coach: Communication

By Tex McQuilkin / December 29, 2014 /

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 in effective communication, in and around training.  This goes beyond simple cues or pump up speeches. “Communication often gets lost in intent.” I took an interesting route into the collegiate…

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Power Coach: Experience

By Tex McQuilkin / December 17, 2014 /

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 define.  Some of the most common attempts at defining include: Time: how long a coach has been in the industry. Resume’: letters behind the name or time spent with big name…

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Coach Needs a Coach: Dynamic Functional Mobility

By Tex McQuilkin / February 19, 2016 /

“…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 a problem or question your experience or bookshelf can’t answer? Especially when faced with the complicated workings of the human machine! For me, I seek out other coaches. After all,…

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Observations of High School Strength Coach: Year 1

By Tex McQuilkin / April 13, 2015 /

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 yielded countless lessons: seeing the extremes of the talent bell curve manning the clipboard under the high noon, 110 degree turf of DKR stadium, recognizing emotional investment of athletes of…

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Forward Progress Through Backward Design

By Bryce Wolcott / November 12, 2021 /

We all know that Dominic Toretto lives his life a quarter mile at a time. As a high school science teacher, I sometimes feel that I live my life one class at a time. Five times a day, every school day, a group of students walks in, takes their seats, and a bell rings. I…

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Ep 511 – Earning A Seat At the Table w/ Dr Matt Zanis

By Tex McQuilkin / June 24, 2021 /

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener: What does it mean earn a seat at the table rather than expect an invite? Staring defense! Place at the table! When you hear the phrase, “seat at the table”, what pops into your head first?…

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Ep 505 – Finding an Identity After Athletes Hang it Up

By Tex McQuilkin / June 10, 2021 /

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener: Hey John and Tex! It’s JT, long time listener, second time questioner. I recently had a friend share an Instagram post about life after athletics and the “athletic identity” which got me thinking… As a former…

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Ep 483 – Why Coaches Quit w/ Logan Gelbrich

By Cali Hinzman / April 20, 2021 /

Every time you are willing to say ‘Yes’ to everything on your path, you express the coach’s voice inside your head. The fitness industry can be fickle to say the least. Waves of beach-bod fads, special high-intensity interests, and outlaw programs take the industry by storm seasonally making starting a career in this field a…

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Overlooked Upshots of Playing NCAA DIII Athletics

By Tex McQuilkin / April 26, 2020 /

On any given Power Athlete Radio podcast, you’ll hear the phrase “Division III All-star” thrown around. Initially a half-joking term of endearment, it has since evolved as a means of highlighting my athletic “accomplishments” as I sit beside a 10 year NFL veteran, discussing performance with gold-medalists, professional athletes, and world class coaches. Oh, and…

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No Barbell? No Problem! How To Lift Weights from Home

By Tex McQuilkin / March 31, 2020 /

Hi guys, I have been a fan of Johnnie WOD for along time now…but with gyms closing and me not having my own equipment…I am wondering if you all could recommend a good training program that I can do from home with just a kettlebell and not much else.  Hope you are well and thank…

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