Tag Archives: Strength and Conditioning

Empowering Your Cyber Monday: Recovery

If you think that your performance in the gym or on the field is only tied to your best efforts under the barbell or at practice, […]

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PA Radio – Episode 284: Ryan Horn

Salt or Sugar “When are coaches going to stop trying to impress each other and start trying to improve one another.” Coach Ryan Horn [@RyanHorn45] is […]

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Empowering the Next Generation

Alright, Coach, let’s paint a picture. You’ve taken the time to invest in your education by going through the Power Athlete Methodology course because you know […]

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The Aerobic Power Athlete

BE THE HAMMER! When you read that, chances are you imagine an athlete lowering their shoulder and trucking over someone on the field, driving them into […]

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SPP: The Secret Sauce

Heavy footballs, “banded” sprints, basketball with ankle weights. While all this could easily be mistaken as sport specific training, in reality this is simply simulation of […]

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Coaching Conversations: Life As a Mercenary Coach

We spend a lot of time here at @powerathletehq dropping knowledge bombs, repeating jokes, and dropping knowledge bombs with repeated jokes, to help prepare coaches across […]

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Battle The Bullshit: Gen Pop Onboarding

Is the first experience of the new members to your gym’s culture a box ticking coach blindly following some onboarding program to push a square peg […]

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Tendinopathy: Isotonics Rehab Part 2

Now that you’ve learned some background information on tendons, their function, and how they heal covered in Isotonics Rehab Part 1, we can get to the […]

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Tendinopathy: Isotonics Rehab

Have you ever been to rehab for a patellar or Achilles tendinopathy injury before and felt like a hamster on the proverbial wheel? You show up, […]

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GPP: The Foundation of Athlete Development

If you’re a field or court sport athlete, you’re entering the greatest time of the year…summer training! As spring sports finish up their seasons, fall sports […]

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Tendinitis: Where Do I Begin?

It’s Monday morning. You wake up, pound your coffee and head to the gym. Heavy squats are on the menu today, but as you start warming […]

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Power Coach: Mindset

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 […]

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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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On that Grind: One Hustler’s Journey through Grindstone

A Base Level of Strength. This is what you earn for pushing heavy iron four days a week for 20 to 30 weeks. But once that […]

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Fred Hatfield’s Influence on Power Athlete

POWER. Read that again. POWER. Jump up out of your chair and ball your hands into fists. POWER. Feel every inch of your body coursing with […]

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Clash of the Titans: Dual Program Dilemma

Part of being a good strength and conditioning coach is knowing where an athlete is at in their life cycle, and applying the correct program to […]

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What the Science Says: Guidelines for Youth Resistance Training

So now we finally come full circle. We’ve covered how strength training is necessary for kids to develop to their fullest potential and remain healthy. We’ve […]

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What the Science Says: Effects of Youth Resistance Training

Picking up where we left off in Youth Resistance Training, this article will peel the next layer of the onion back. We’ve established that kids should […]

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What the Science Says: Youth Resistance Training

“Don’t you know it’s unsafe for kids to lift weights? It will stunt their growth. If they don’t use protective equipment they’ll hurt themselves. It’s just not […]

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A Coach’s Field Guide to Hormones

Hormones and their behaviors are, arguably, the most important players when it comes to training adaptations and increasing performance, keeping a healthy sex-life with your partner, […]

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Unlocking Stress: The Double Edge Sword

We’ve all been there: the alarm clock goes off, you start to roll out of bed but your body feels like it has been hit by […]

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Battle Bullshit: I’ll Rest When I’m Dead

We get asked this age old question all the time: How much rest should we get between sets? If you’re in the camp that goes by […]

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Sharpening Your Coaching Voice: Inflection and Tone

The human voice: it’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a […]

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PA Radio – Episode 219: The Crew

Every Group Has a “Beard Guy” This week The Crew answers tons of your questions from IG. Inquiries range from hamstring and quad injuries, to constructing […]

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Sharpening Your Coaching Voice: Word Selection

On your journey to sharpen your coaching voice we started by examining nonverbal communication, and how it sends a specific message and influences physiology. The next […]

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Sharpening Your Coaching Voice: Nonverbal Communication

Much time is invested by strength and conditioning coaches in sharpening their understanding of how to coach movements, program, and the science behind it all; rightfully […]

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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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Not All Hypertrophy is Created Equal

Hy·per·tro·phy; the enlargement of the cross-sectional size of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells. In Jacked Street terms: creating larger […]

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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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Getting Started with Bedrock

Bedrock is a performance program designed for beginners without the bullshit. Start an athlete on Bedrock when they walk into your door on day 1. Selecting […]

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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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PA Radio – Episode 194: Ron McKeefery

 Nothing is given.  Ron McKeefery [@rmckeefery] part DEUX! If you missed him the first time, tune in this week to hear him drop knowledge from his […]

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Bedrock Reset Guidelines

If you are like me, 8 years ago I was searching for a program that would help improve my athleticism, and that is when I found […]

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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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Empowering Through Failure

Atychiphobia – The fear of failure and ultimately, the single greatest barrier to success. This is probably one of our greatest fears in life, and I […]

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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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Coffee: It’s not for everyone.

Good news! Coffee is not only good for you but can lead to empowered performance, for some…  Are you one of them? For some individuals coffee can […]

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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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PA Radio – Episode 154: The Crew

 bending the bullet that is cffb This episode marks the first of several that poll the listening audience for questions. Power Athlete Nation hit us up […]

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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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How to Start a Summer Sports Camp

This year I have just started my forth year of running a Summer Sports Camp at CrossFit South Bend. As I look back at the challenges, there are couple things that I have […]

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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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Occlusion Training 102: Applications

  In Part 1, we established the mechanisms of occlusion training and showed that it wasn’t just a gimmick. In Part 2, we are going to […]

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Why Percentages Don’t Work

Just kidding, they do, but if you’re basing you or your clients’ training off percentages of a 1 Repetition Max (RM) you may be wasting everybody’s […]

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PA Radio – Episode 147: Mike Boyle

  GETTING STRONG IS NOT COMPLICATED. Mike Boyle is in everything.  From professional sports like hockey, football, baseball, track and field, and basketball, Coach Boyle has […]

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MMA Strength & Conditioning: You’re Doing it Wrong!

Mixed martial arts (MMA)  magazines, forums and blogs are filled with images of sexy new strength and conditioning techniques designed specifically for the needs of a […]

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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: 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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In-Season Training Templates and Coaching Tips

The summer is over; you spent the entire off-season working hard to create bigger, stronger athletes with more horsepower. Now your athletes are hitting training camps, […]

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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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VIDEO: Cali & Warming up – It’s not just getting sweaty

Power Athlete coach Cali Hinzman (@cali) closes the first warm up of a long weekend in Denver Colorado with an enlightening thought for the strength coaches […]

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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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Better Benchmarks

We preach a lot about abandoning superficial numerical goals however, the idea of training for a specific number or benchmark is not entirely bad.  In fact, […]

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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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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 91 Vince Lodato

better training. better game time decisions. better athletes. This week we have clinical sports psychologist, Vince Lodato. Vince heads the Cooper Speed and Strength Lab out […]

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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 Athlete Radio – Episode 90 Mark Watts

one-point-twenty-one-gigga watts! One of our favorites is back.  Mark Watts joins us for the second time to talk about a myriad of coaching topics like the […]

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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 Athlete Radio – ReBroadcast with Mark Rippetoe

You don’t need a hot tub time machine to go back and relive some of the best moments of 2014.  This week we bring you one […]

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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 Athlete Radio – EPISODE 87 Power Athlete Symposium: Part 2

Merry Christmas, ya’ filthy animals.  This week’s episode is full of surprises as we give you Part 2 to the live broadcast at PAHQ.  If you’re […]

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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 86 Power Athlete Symposium: Part 1

Happy Holidays, Power Athlete Nation! This weeks episode was the kick off to a very long and fun weekend here at PAHQ.  Recently we hosted a […]

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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 84 CalTex

Power Athlete’s two east coasters reconnect for this intimate pre-Thanksgiving episode with Denny K.  Things get interesting when the group reviews a couple of recent PAHQ […]

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7 Unconventional Changes To Improve Training

“Nothing endures but change.”-Heraclitus (540 BCE – 480 BCE) Ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, was onto something big.  Although the quote has been translated in a number […]

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Failure to Specialize

Not long ago I was on an international flight sitting next to an Australian woman who began to tell me about her 12 year old daughter.  […]

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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 81 Angie Sorensen

Angie Sorensen is a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola University and serious wealth of knowledge.  Not only does she train the track and field teams, […]

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Shitty Coaching Trifecta

As many of you may know, several of the coaches at Power Athlete HQ also double as CrossFit Football Seminar Staff.  I am one of those […]

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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 80 The Best of PA Radio

Having acquired so many great stories over the course of the Power Athlete Radio history, we decided it was time to put together a short trip […]

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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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More Than Meat for Recovery

Pop quiz, hot shot. You have to prepare a meal. What do you do? I’d be willing to bet your first response was “something-something-beef”. Burgers, meatloaf, […]

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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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When the Going Gets Tough

I was introduced to the concept of Toughness Training when I was studying music, specifically performance, in college.  One of my professors was a huge sports […]

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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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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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John’s Conversation with Barbell Shrugged

Take a listen to John’s recent conversation with the guys from Barbell Shrugged.  No stone goes unturned as they discuss CrossFit, life in the NFL, kids, […]

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Strength 101: Reverse Engineering with Prilepin’s Chart

One of the great aspects to working in the strength and conditioning industry is the endless discussion comparing one training system to another. The reason these […]

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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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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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A Different Perspective on Coaching Women

You’ve seen them around.  They drive cars, dance, and even show their faces in public (conditional upon religion). That’s right, I’m talking about women. This demographic […]

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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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Are You Strong Enough for CrossFit?

Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to have the insight of gurus of varying strength and conditioning backgrounds.  Tim Henriques is no exception.  […]

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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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Standards Worth Having

Standards. We all have them; whether you’re determining clean clothes from dirty, a productive workday from a wasteful one, or scoping out a potential stud/studette. In […]

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Training and Thinking Outside the Box

Be honest. Don’t you sometimes miss those old school days where you would roll up to Average Joe’s Gym, say hi the other regulars, put the […]

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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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Make Like a Phone and Go Mobile

We’ve all been there.  Someone walks into your gym, you put them through a basic assessment looking for biomechanical feedback that can potentially tell you something […]

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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 47

The Power Athlete Crew comes out firing with special guest law enforcement officer Freddy Camacho. Today’s podcast covers everything from transsexuals competing in the open, Camacho’s […]

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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 46

The Power Athlete Radio crew has a doozie today. Listen in to hear about Tex’s crazy story in Tampa, curtailing training volume for masters athletes, as […]

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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 45

We dive into all sorts of discussion today!  John goes deep into the history behind Power Athlete, the future of CrossFit Football,  we have a discussion […]

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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 44

John Welbourn is in the house for Episode 44 of Power Athlete Radio! John and the rest of the Power Athlete Radio crew talk about modifying […]

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Fashion Vs Function

The ever popular game of inappropriateness, “Cards Against Humanity”, recently raised their prices on Black Friday. Why? A couple of reasons.  One, it’s fucking hilarious and […]

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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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Music Matters

In case you didn’t know, music matters.  It’s science.  And when it comes to choosing music at Power Athlete HQ, our rule is simple- the strongest […]

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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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Get a Grip: Part 2

In Part 1, I picked the brain of Jedd Johnson, Diesel Crew founder, grip master, competitor and all around badass…

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Get a Grip: Part 1

We all know a firm grip is awesome.  I remember being picked up for a date in high school and my charismatic and overly confident gentleman […]

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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 38

The crew FINALLY gets together to record the first show of 2014!  John, Cali, Tex, Luke, Denny, and Steve are all online and chatting about trying […]

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Strongman for a Strongerlady

Aside from the mental fortitude you gain from grueling movements so intensely awkward and humbling…

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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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Power Athlete Radio – Episode 34

Denny, Steve, Cali and Tex welcome Power Athlete Nation back to Power Athlete Radio after a short holiday hiatus.  The crew and special guest Will Jones […]

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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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