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Stop and think

Why do we persist in prescribing exercises that isolate individual muscles? Instead, we should be focusing on the coordination of movements and muscle synergies that involve those muscles.

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GAINcast Episode 209: Genesis of a program (with Nick Garcia)

Following a strength training template is easy. Taking it, making it your own, and adapting it to your program is the hard part. It’s an art, and one that Nick Garcia has mastered. On this week’s podcast he joins us to talk about a case study of how he took and integrated elements of the 1×20 methods to meet the needs of one sport. We also talk about post-lockdown training considerations and returning to competition.

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How little can we do?

In strength and conditioning we often have a “more is better” concept. A minimalist approach, on the other hand, has many advantages and can help make sure we are efficient with training time. Rather than doing more, we can also try to get more out of the work we’re doing.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 228: Rants and BBQ

Summer is in full swing and we’ve got a lot of different ideas on our mind: why social media turns us into absolutists, how every tool has a place, what we are doing to continue adapting training to COVID-19, and how to make the best brisket. We cover them all on this week’s episode, with a few rants mixed in as well. Read more

Mastering bodyweight circuits like a Jedi

Last week I wrote about programming in the time of coronavirus, with a focus on athletes that had access to at least limited equipment. This week on Instagram I have been posting videos of the general strength circuits I have given athletes that have no training equipment. The objective of each circuit is to cover the lower body, upper body, core, as well as all three planes of movement (sagittal, frontal, and transverse). I learned these from my college coach Glenn McAtee and find them just as useful nearly two decades later. Read more

Staying fit in a pandemic: Vol. 13

What is one simple, cheap and versatile fitness tool every athlete should have? Lets start with Mini-Bands. Mini-Bands for those who don’t know can be found typically in yellow, green, blue and black colors. The colors are related to their resistance. Yellow is the lightest resistance and black is the heaviest resistance. I believe every athlete you should have a set of green and blue bands as those seem to be the colors that seem most versatile for exercises. A yellow band might be good for learning some of the more challenging exercises. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 218: From the ground up (with Matt Siniscalchi)

Whether you are building or rebuilding an athlete, you have to start from the ground up. Begin with what they can do and build upon it until you get them doing the things fundamental for their sport. Matt Siniscalchi has worked at all levels of the sport, from youth football academy players, to his current role helping world champions back from injury. The challenges are always changing, but the philosophy remains the same. On this week’s podcast Siniscalchi joins us to discuss this philosophy, and dive in detail into progressions and strength training for athletes recovering from injury. Read more

Taking leg circuits to the next level

Every year I become more and more convinced of the effectiveness of the Gambetta Leg Circuits. A simple combination of four exercises ticks so many boxes for me in training: it is efficient, improves coordination, and develops strength all at the same time. For those familiar or unfamiliar with leg circuits, I hope this article explain a bit about how they work and some new variations that can make them an even better tool for training. Read more

The ingredients for a solid foundation

No matter the sport, no matter the athlete, everyone needs to begin with a foundation. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – November 2019

Every month we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. We start off by looking at research how accurate subjective feeling can be in quantifying training stress. Then we look at a variety of other topics concerning weight training such as pre-competition priming, isometric mid-thigh pull, foot strength, eccentric quasi-isometric resistance, and more. Read more