When it comes to training athletes there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of opinions and methods on how one should go about designing a sound strength training program. Do a simple Google search of “Football Strength Training Program” and you will get 50+ pages of results showing everything from Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 for Football to BodyBuilding for Football Players. One of the biggest problems Strength Coaches face when designing a sound training program is: What method do I use? There is no correct answer to this question.
About Zac Brouillette
Zac Brouillette currently serves as the Director of Speed, Strength, and Conditioning at the Innovative Athletic Performance Institute (IAP) in Ocala, Florida. He previously worked at the Director of Sports Performance at Ohio University and as an assistant strength coach at Iowa State University. As an athlete, Brouilette was a member of both the track and football teams at Iowa State, where he set the school record in the hammer throw.
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Everyday millions of people check into their local gym to get in their daily workout. A large majority of these people have been doing this same routine for days, months, and years. These same people look the exact same as they did last year, and the year before, and the year before that. I can recall going to my local commercial gym back home and seeing the same guys grunting out some bench press and the same ladies on the treadmill and they literally look identical to how they looked 365 days ago, maybe slightly worse. My goal with this blog post is to offer some advice to you on why you aren’t seeing any results and what you can do to change and hopefully start having something to show for all of your hard work.
Today’s topic covers one I get a few questions about but more importantly one I see numerous people taking part in every time I venture to my gym back home. The good old fashion sweat box—the sauna. The sauna is usually a popular hot spot, literally, for the mild to moderately obese male age 40-70, which gives you a little insight as to whether or not the sauna helps you lose weight. If it helped you lose any significant amount of weight, outside of water weight, these chubsters would likely be bean poles after all their years of sauna training. Let me address a couple issues surrounding the sauna, sweating, and some misconceptions and truths.
It is approaching that time of year when college kids are thinking about spring break and the older generations are preparing for summer and likely the season of weddings, summer vacations, and poolside lounging. With this time of year comes the concern, “How will I look in my swim suit?” or “Will my arm look […]
In my job I have the privilege of working with many female athletes on a daily basis. One of their biggest complaints when we start hard and heavy weight lifting program is their fear of bulking up and looking like a guy. I am here to dispel that myth and inform you why that will not happen.
Alcohol and weight loss are often enemies, but an occasional drink can have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many experts note the potential health benefits of consuming a single drink per day, including a reduced risk for high blood pressure. If, however, you are a like the normal young care free adult, when you go out for a drink it usually turns into 1 drink repeated 8-15 times over the course of 5-6 hours.
Many people go to the gym with one thing on their mind: the treadmill. The treadmill is a great tool to help improve conditioning and general health but when it comes to reshaping your body composition it is very ineffective. Here are some interesting reasons why cardio machines suck most of the time.
One of the major reasons people work out is for the health benefits exercising is associated with. Whether it’s lowering cholesterol levels or simply shedding a few pounds here and there we can all agree exercise is beneficial in our daily life. But how much is too much and can it be making you sick? I got on this topic after doing some research for my baseball players in regards to the myth that pitchers need to run long distance after a start to “flush” the system. Which, by the way is not true and will simply make the pitcher slower by promoting slow twitch muscle fiber activation as well as extremely tight in muscles in places a pitcher shouldn’t be tight in.
n today’s society people are obsessed with juices, smoothies, fancy coffee drinks, and pretty much anything else sweet. Little do most know the sugar content of these eats and treats will make you fatter than eating something of higher fat content, but containing no sugar such as a steak or burger. One regular spoonful of sugar is equal to approximately 13 grams of sugar. With that being said take a look at the nutrition facts of your favorite Starbucks drink such as the Grande Frappuccino has 59 grams of sugar, or 4.5 spoon fulls of cane sugar.
The yogurt industry has struck gold with the latest “Greek” yogurt trend.