Should my kid lift? Part 3; Resources for the coach and parent

As promised, here is a comprehensive (as I could make it) list of resources for parents and coaches. These are programs you purchase, free downloads or websites. For any youth coaches out there, I highly recommend investing. For parents, your needs are a bit less well-defined, it's really up to you. Most of what you need to know can be found in Parts 1 and 2 of this … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 2: Principles for developing fitness in children for sport and life

In part 1 I covered the scientific support for children participating in strength exercise. I also defined terms used to describe different categories of strength exercise such as weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, strength training, and movement categories. If you didn't read part 1, hop on over. … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 1: The science says yes

After writing several thousand words, and compiling an impressive list of resources from other coaches, I decided to make this a series. Rather than plow through everything to get to a section more relevant to you, this will break it down a bit easier. I geared this a tad more towards parents looking for help, rather than coaches, because someone who is not familiar with … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned Coaching High School Athletes

I don’t have much contact with other high school coaches….but I am sure they are out there, so this is a bit of a “this is what I do” article! Here are several coaching “lessons” I have learned from a year and a half of coaching (seems longer!). A lot of these ideas could apply to beginner populations of all ages as well. Since I lost my wonderfully long diet blog post update, … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Training Teenagers and my Favorite Beginner Moves

Recently I've had an influx of new kids coming to me for help. A lot of them are serious beginners, as in they have not been playing a sport regularly. It's a challenge for me to get them going in a way that is both motivating and uncompromising (I won't just send them to the cardio room. Ever) without taking forever and requiring lots of individual attention. I love seeing … [Read more...]

Getting Strong Without a Gym- for Teenage Athletes

So I changed the title of this a couple times trying to see what would sound catchy and accurate. Heh. A bit awkward, but otherwise I will get emails about how someone cannot find the post. Gotta make it clear. I currently have several teenage boys who are now lost without me since our school year came to a end, and hence their training. A couple without access to a gym either … [Read more...]

Diet Guidance for Highschool Athletes

In this post, I want to share the start of me helping some of my athletes have a better understanding of their nutrition for performance and get them started on the basics of diet. This is as much a learning experience for me as it is for them, and we are in the beginning stages of me helping them be aware of this important factor WITHOUT getting them caught up in specifics … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: Pausing the Squat

So, I pick on squats alot, cause its a pretty constant learning process at this stage. But I am super happy with my progress, knees have never felt better, strength is still going up (for proper squatting my muscles are still relatively in the "newbie" stage, since I have deloaded and fixed form several times the past year, 3 to be exact). So, another "saying" I have when … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: “Hey There’s My Pelvis” and Two-Part Lunges

Working with teenagers means coming up with ways to teach them that are entertaining, practical and translate into making them move the way I am envisioning. Since glute activation and hip power are a cornerstone of good performance in all strength and conditioning, we do alot of thrusting of all kinds. Bar thrusts, kettlebell swings, etc, and of course stuff that requires hip … [Read more...]