Phone: 614.871.9220

The Equipment Guys - Articles


Customizing your weight room

  Updating Your Weight Room Facility Smaller spaces with outdated universal machines and older dumbbells  no longer will cut it for high school weight rooms. Weight rooms now a days can be customized to the program and teams needs and/or wants. Weight rooms tend to be mainstream areas that are functional for all sports and…

Miracle of Oscillation Kinetic Energy

The Earthquake Bar made by the company Bandbell is designed to keep a lifters hands on the bar no matter what. The bar is great for high energy functional activities such as cross fit, military and agility training. For Physical therapy and rehab clinics, the Earthquake bar generates the perfect amount of oscillating kinetic energy…

Warm-Up Procedure Before Worksets

  By Ben Peterson Coaches always want to know exactly what weights the athletes are lifting and the progress that they are making. Being able to quantify results with actual data not only motivates the athlete to continue to push himself in the weight room but also validates the methods and practices of the  coach….

Welcome Aaron Short

Aaron Short MS, CSCS Aaron Short, a member of The Equipment Guys staff since September of 2016, serves as Regional Sales Manager in charge of overseeing the Northern Ohio Territory. Short, an South Euclid native, is a graduate of St. Ignatius HS.  He was a defensive lineman on their 2008 State Championship Team. He graduated from…

Neck Training for Athletes

What part of the body enables a player to think, process, and react to perform a successful play? The brain. All higher cognitive processing abilities we naturally possess occur in the brain and down the spinal column. One of the most important and helpful things coaches can do for a player in any sort of…

Squatting for Taller Athletes

By: Cal Dietz When teaching young athletes to squat, coaches need to remember that squatting isn’t a “cookie cutter” exercise. Not everyone’s squatting form is going to look the same. This is especially true of taller athletes or athletes with long thighs (femurs). When training taller athletes, a coach must recognize the inherent biomechanical disadvantage…

True Single Leg Plyometrics

by: Joel Smith There are a lot of exercises available for people out there to increase their vertical. Obviously, getting hyped up, going out and training hard on actually practicing jumping higher will yield the greatest benefits regarding the improvement of vertical development.  Aside from this, there are some awesome supporting exercises that will allow an…

Fire-Out Station

The Fire-Out Station is perfect for training multiple athletes at a time, similar to the way the Stray Dog Strength rack can train multiple athletes but in a smaller foot print. The Fire-Out Station is mounted to a wall so it takes up less floor space leaving your weight room open for other exercises. You…

Speed and Skill Optimization

A Proposal for a New Practice Paradigm By Cal Dietz and Jonathon Janz Introduction It is often said that the best coaches of any sport know precisely when to push their athletes and when to take their foot off the throttle. Exceptions aside, high-level coaches do not simply grind their athletes into the ground each…

5 Front Squat Advantages

1) Improves your technique:  Since the bar is placed in front on your shoulders it strengthens the “base”. Overhead Presses, Power Cleans, etc. all share the same “beginning” position as the front squat. As you get stronger and more comfortable with Front Squats it will help you in those exercises too. 2) Super quad workout:…