Articles for S.S.X.: Strength and Conditioning

Off Season Strength and Conditioning

15,484 high schools played 11, 9, 8, or 6-man tackle football in 2014.  Over 1.1 million boys and 1,698 girls participated, more than double the next closest sport, basketball.  All participation numbers are available on the National Federation of High Schools website.  Maxpreps lists a... View More

Teaching Power Clean

Another great site on strength and conditioning.  http://www.strengthcoach.com.  I always go to this site when I have questions about the weight room.  This article is posted on their website, I have summarized and paraphrased it to make it shorter to read. Click here If you... View More

Creatine

The Discovery of Creatine A French scientist named Chevruel discovered Creatine in 1835. His experiment identified a naturally occurring substance found in meat, which he named Creatine after the Greek word for flesh. It was then determined that creatine is found in muscle tissue and... View More

Why Athletes Should Not Bench Press

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

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

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

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

Stretching

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

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



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