Stop Lifting. Start Practicing.

As most people reading this know, I work full-time as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach at Division I Ohio University. I have the luxury of working with hundreds of male and female athlete’s on a daily basis with one common goal: Increased athletic performance. For me, one of the hardest parts of my job is trying to educate coaches and athletes that simply coming in and lifting weights is not a guarantee you will be a better athlete. Gaining strength can help improve your overall athleticism, but it likely won’t do much to enhance your sport specific skill set. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when an athlete with sub-par sport specific skills devotes all of their off-season down time to the weight room and is never seen on the field, court, or arena working to improve the sport specific skill areas they clearly lack.


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3 replies
  1. Aaron
    Aaron says:

    Nice article Zac, you’re 100% correct in your assessment. I think you’re completely headed in the right direction with some of your points!

  2. ABC
    ABC says:

    Yep, I beat guys (hammer) twice my size all the time. Better lift harder, guys, because now that I’ve learned how to throw, I’ve decided to add a little strength training!


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