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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…

Triphasic Training Intro

The Triphasic Training method is implemented with one goal in mind, STRESS. Stressing the body often, and in a different manner each training session, should be the goal of every strength coach to achieve optimal adaptations from their athletes. The stretch-shortening cycle (SSC), which is utilized in every dynamic movement, consists of an eccentric, isometric,…

Maximizing High Quality Reps with High Velocity Potentiation Clusters

By: Dennis Adsit and Cal Dietz Off-season, pre-season, or in-season, strength coaches are always looking to maximize the number of high quality reps they can get in the weight room from their athletes. A high quality rep is one done at maximum speed and maximum power. The problem is that speed and power drop off quickly after two to three…

Reset Your Athletes To Better Performance

Here it is! The magic plan! The workouts that will take your athletes to the next level! And they might be right under your nose. What is this not-so-secret solution? General Physical Preparation (GPP) This is the foundation of training; the one that sets the stage for further growth. Many people skip this, believing they…

Why We Squat Parallel at Denison University

Article Submitted by:  Mark Watts – Denison University Strength Coach POSTERIOR CHAIN DEVELOPMENT – The Glutes and Hamstrings are not fully engaged until the athlete attains a parallel position. – The Glutes play a significant role in hip extension during running and jumping. – Not squatting parallel can place overemphasis on the quads and de-emphasize…

Sports Performance Application with the Diesel Sled

By: Clint Cox, Granville High School Strength Coach, TADSports Preformance Coach, NSCA-CSCS, USA Weightlifting Click here to see his website The Diesel Sled is an excellent strength and conditioning tool and is a “must have” for those looking to take their athletes performance to the next level. I like to divide the application of the…

Most Common Areas of Concern with First -Year College Athletes

  By: Mark Watts, M.Ed, MS, CSCS, USAW-SPC, NASM-PES, SCCC When an athlete enters their first year of college, there are usually some major areas of concern with these young men and women.  Most of these college freshmen have substandard strength, flexibility, and knowledge.  Specifically, there are 3 major areas we feel must be addressed…

Denison University Strength and Conditioning

Article Submitted by: Mark Watts – Denison University Strength Coach CONJUGATED PERIODIZATION Conjugated Periodization is a Russian & Eastern European based training system, which is much different than linear periodization. Most linear periodization has several phases and starts with higher volume and lower intensity in week one and higher intensity and lower volume by week…

Denison University Athletic Performance

Denison University Strength & Conditioning Article Submitted by: Mark Watts – Denison University Strength Coach Our philosophy at Denison University is to develop a comprehensive training program designed specifically for each of the athlete’s individual needs, preparedness level, and demands of his or her sport. Two main goals of our program are to increase the…