The Equipment Guys

Workouts and Warm-Ups


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….

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…

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:…

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…

Conditioning the “Deconditioned”

Whether it is the playoffs, a  team spring break trip or preseason, sometimes you need a better solution to condition your athletes; especially the injured ones. When we were approached by a local team to help create a conditioning program for their injured or “deconditioned” athletes, we wanted to help choose the kind of equipment and exercises…

Getting “Warm”

Getting “Warm” The difference between preventing injury and wasting time Every day that you train and every day that your team practices, you probably have a set of movements that you go through before you get to work. I bet you call this your “warm-up”. But I would guess that you are not truly “getting…

Front Loaded Exercises

Inspection of the Front-Loaded Exercise Recently, a couple of things sparked a thought about why we incorporate specific exercises into our lifting. We had been having some new athletes ONLY front squat and that their progress in the speed and agility classes as well as their strength had rapidly increased. Analyzing the movement, it was obvious…

Grip Strength Training

Luke Tipple M.S., C.S.C.S., USAWS., SCCC, RKC Grip strength is sometimes thought of as just hand strength, and while hand strength is certainly included, there are many other things to consider when thinking of grip. Grip involves everything from the musculature near the elbow down to the fingertips. It has to be thought of this…