Author Archives for Rick Stewart

Why Athletes Should Not Bench Press

October 19, 2014 11:25 pm Published by

Hot Off the Press The chest is one of the favorite muscles of the upper body for athletes to train. Who doesn’t want a bigger chest? But chest muscles have a more important role than simply good looks. It’s a little known fact, but the... View More


Exercises to Avoid in the Weight Room

October 19, 2014 9:45 pm Published by

Here are some Exercises that research shows are not effective or are not an efficient use of time. 1. Tricep Kick-Backs I’ve never understood how this exercise became so popular. In theory, it sounds good. In practice, however, we quickly realize its inherent flaws. The... View More


Really Tough Exercises for Your Elite Athletes

October 19, 2014 8:02 pm Published by

liYour athletes that have done the S.S.X. program for a year will need extra challenges. They can do 30-40 Push-Ups, they knock out Crunches like a machine, and do Pull-Ups in their sleep. They have made huge strength gains, but are hitting plateaus.  It’s time... View More


Freshman Off Season Workout Program

October 19, 2014 1:00 pm Published by

Even before the helmets are collected and the washed, high school football players are thinking about the off-season—their opportunity to recover physically and psychologically and to work on improving their performance.  The winter months give football players valuable time to commit to a full off-season football... View More


Bear Bryant Poem

October 19, 2014 4:43 am Published by

Bear always had a poem with him. This was one… This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important... View More


4 Keys to Building Football Speed

October 19, 2014 3:43 am Published by

  Speed is the ultimate measurable in football. At the NFL Combine, one tenth of a second in the 40-Yard Dash can determine whether a player gets drafted and makes millions of dollars or has to fight for a spot on a team. At clinics... View More


Striving for Perfection

April 19, 2013 1:06 am Published by

Most coaches in any sport that are not too successful ask themselves many questions that would help them get better results from their kids. They say things like ” I’m practicing 4 to 5 days and these kids don’t get a thing” or ” nobody... View More


Typical Youth Coach

April 19, 2013 1:04 am Published by

Most youth coaches are father’s, ex-high school athletes who think because they were good athletes they think they could coach a team to be successful, or someone who saw a football game and like the way the team looked. Our youth program has many big... View More


Stretching

April 19, 2013 1:04 am Published by

Are you a coach who has not done any stretching in a while? Do you go about stretching the proper way? Over the years kids are getting bigger and stronger and should take stretching very seriously, even at the youth level. The average coach tells... View More


Condition with a Purpose

April 19, 2013 1:03 am Published by

Several years ago, we took our team to the USC practice ran by then head coach Pete Carrol. While our players & coaches were enamored with the amount of talent, there was one thing that really stuck out in my head….USC was constantly conditioning their... View More