January 29, 2019

Exercise Progression

When it comes to programming I often like to think of exercise selection in the form of a continuum. What I mean by this is that just like sets and reps, exercise selection also flows from one program to the next. If I use split squats/lunges as an example we could set it up something like this: Accumulation 1 – Front foot elevated split squat Intensification 1 – Split squats (both feet on the floor) Accumulation 2 – Rear foot elevated split squat Intensification 2 – Alternating lunge Another very basic and simple example would be the overhead press. Beneath is how such an example may look: Accumulation 1 – Seated...

January 2, 2019

Challenge your thinking!

We are all open minded about things until we are challenged on something we feel strongly about. From a strength and conditioning point of view most coaches have come from some form of training/sporting background e.g. power-lifting, Olympic lifting, gymnastics and hence we all have our biases and different perspectives and views on things and how they should be done. Sometimes though I think that we really need to challenge ourselves in terms of the way in which we apply our certain biases towards the athletes that we work with. What is it exactly that our athlete needs in terms of...

December 10, 2018

10 Strength Books Worth Reading

Lee takes you through his top 10 strength books for any strength and conditioning coach out there! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmrxNjORhR0&t=5s[/embed]...

December 7, 2018

Implementing Strength Training Throughout The Competition Phase

From the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Journal “Strength training is simply a mix of mathematics, physics and biomechanics” – a quote I really liked from Louie Simmons.   One of the most difficult challenges I have had in my time working with sprinters has been how to best apply strength and conditioning methods in-season. It is at this point of the season in which athletes are expecting to not only be at their best but to also perform at their best whilst at the same time it is the time of year in which they are also under the most amount...

December 7, 2018

Four Challenges of Being a Strength and Conditioning Coach

I was having a good conversation over a coffee with a young footballer (soccer) I do some work with yesterday. He asked me about some of the harder aspects of my job. It got me thinking. In terms of working with people I think that there are four areas that can be tough at times: 1 - As a strength and conditioning coach you will never know how many injuries you helped to prevent or minimise, something that is a big part of our job - there is no justifiable way in which we can consistently measure something like this 2 -...

December 4, 2018

Gym Tour

Lee takes you on a tour of our unique strength and conditioning gym   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hFWtTFGZkE&t=1s[/embed]...

November 27, 2018

What to Consider When Prescribing an Exercise

Introduction When it comes to programming there are always numerous factors to take into account. If I use a talented young athlete with aspirations to represent their country at the next Olympics as an example then some of the factors that I may have to take into account if simply prescribing a very common and basic exercise such as the squat include: Exercise Considerations - Probably the most important point – what is the reasoning and logic behind such a prescription - Squat variation eg back squat, front squat, safety bar squat etc - Unilateral or bilateral - Sets/reps - Volume/intensity (this will be dictated by the...