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October 30, 2017


This diagram represents the powerzone of the body. The real power needed for athletic success is found in the large muscles of the hips, buttocks, thighs, and lower back. In proper terms we are talking about the spinal erectors, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, an...

October 26, 2017

Over the years I put together and continually update a handbook for our students here at Monument Valley HS. It covers very basic principles that are hopefully useful and understandable for a novice. Over the next few weeks I will post some of the segments here. Feedba...

October 23, 2017

 The Bulgarian system produced lifters who were not very muscular, but capable of executing heavy lifts.

The Bulgarian "System" is just another example of a fad or trend that came and went. In the article below a respected American weightlifting coach, Bob Takano, gives...

October 19, 2017

Deezbaa Whaley Doane going over 63' in the weight throw.

When I coach competitive lifters, throwers, or any athletes for that matter; one of my favorite coaching ques is "Do it in your mind first".  I am a firm believer that mental intentions precede physical actions. V...

October 16, 2017

 Weightlifting is an excellent training method for Volleyball and most sports.

Many times we have talked about the Olympic lifts and how we felt about them as training tool. A couple of the comments made clear to me that two of the main obstacles that keep many coaches...

October 13, 2017

The Deadlift movement has been making a comeback in strength and conditioning circles over the past several years. The CrossFit influence is a big reason. The types of deadlifts that we see commonly used are the conventional Deadlift, Sumo style, and Romanian deadlifts...

October 11, 2017

 If you are a weight lifter, you need to front squat with a grip as if you are cleaning the bar.

Below is an article I read on Charles Poliquin's website. We use front squats in our programs in addition to back squats as well. Coach Poliquin gives a great and concise ex...

October 5, 2017

Dr. Squat taught us about Compensatory Acceleration

The title of the article below is misleading because we all know that there is no easy way to get stronger or become more powerful and explosive. The way described in this article could be called simple, but it's never...

October 3, 2017

 The Philosopher

 The Linebacker

I have often heard this quote from a German philosopher who was named after a Green Bay linebacker, I guess. While it is a great motivational sound bite, I’m not sure if it’s really true. Even if it is, I am sure it is not the best train...

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