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Category Archives: Coaching

Misdirection in Coaching – Be a Magician

I was watching the movie, Now You See Me, recently and I couldn’t help but think that sometimes we have to be like musicians when we coach. Magicians are known for their misdirection. While you’re staring closely at their “trick,” they’re actually deceiving you in another way. They have a plan on how to get you, […]

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Developing Well-Rounded Strength Staffs

After seeing different staffs interact over the years in both coaching and business, there are certainly some things that relate. One thing that sticks out to me is that everyone seems to have their “place” on a business team. They’re responsible for certain areas of projects, presentations, etc. Much like the business world, I feel that […]

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President Roosevelt: The Strength Coach?

I’ve just recently took a trip to Portland where sits Powell’s Book Store, the largest used book store in the world, or so they say. I’ve talked before about expanding knowledge in areas other than strength and conditioning, which I feel is extremely important. To this end, I have been more interested in biographies of […]

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Multiple Intelligence Theory: How Do They Learn?

In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner developed the Multiple Intelligence Theory, forever changing the way teachers develop and present materials to students. If we consider for a moment that [strength] coaches are teachers, we should then realize that we have students (athletes) who need to learn the content (movement) we are teaching. How do they learn? […]

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NSCA: Foundation of Coaching Lifts Course

For years the NSCA has been said to be lacking a hands-on course offering. Why is this such a big deal? While the educational content from books and conferences are great, the fact still remains that the very nature of the profession is practical. Young coaches obtaining their certifications right out of their degrees are not […]

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Can Strength Coaches Specialize Too Early?

No, seriously, I’m asking; I don’t have the answer, though I ponder this often. The topic of early specialization and long-term athlete development has been targeted as a hot topic lately in our profession – rightly so. We know that athletes who specialize too early are more likely to experience burn out and seem to […]

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5 Reasons You Have Time to Teach Olympic Lifts

For years there has been talk about how long it takes to teach Olympic lifts like the snatch, clean, and jerk. I’ve written a little of my opinion on this before, but feel more depth is warranted. Read on for some reasons you do have time to teach Olympic Lifts in your program. *Caveat – If […]

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Programming Differences in the Weightlifting Movements

When discussing the weightlifting movements, there are undoubtedly controversial topics when it comes to programming them for athletes of field and court sports such as basketball, baseball, volleyball, etc. Should they be used at all? If so, what variations should be used? What should be avoided? What are the best options for each sport? Position? […]

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Backing Your Way In: Pioneering Your Own College Strength and Conditioning Program

The following was written by Ryan Barclay, one of our former interns at the NSCA Performance Center. As you’ll read, Coach Barclay has done an excellent job of working his way into a local college to work with many of their teams by way of contract. Read on to learn some of the actions he […]

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Brett Bartholomew: The Impact of Influence

There are those people who push us to be better, whether in our professional or personal lives. Brett Bartholomew is one such person for me. Some say you should not compare yourself to others due to different aspects. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I compare myself to others all the time, but in the sense that I […]

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The Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself as a Coach

One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is to have the self-awareness to adjust your behavior based on the certain requirements of some life situations. Basically, how do you become a better version of yourself? You can start by asking the most important questions of yourself as a coach…. I should mention that […]

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