Training & Conditioning Digital Guide

Our team at Concentric Brain had the pleasure of providing several articles for Training & Conditioning's Digital Guide to Strength & Conditioning. 

The guide is awesome and we've covered a number of the teaching progressions my team uses at Strength & Performance Training (SAPT):

  • Coaching the Goblet Squat
  • Three Cues for Deadlifts
  • Tips on Troubleshooting Squats
  • A 4-Step Progression to Better Swings
  • Single-Leg Progressions for Stronger Feet
  • How Heidens Work
  • Sled Variations for Lateral Strength

Each section covers the topic in-depth and comes with a killer instructional video, too! 

And the best part: all this content is FREE! So, what are you waiting for? Go. Now!

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7on7 Football - Lessons in Preparation & Planning

A couple days ago we received a phone call at SAPT from a local non-profit in desperate need of coaches to come run performance testing for their 600-800 football campers.

So, we gathered who we could and headed out to lend a hand. I had a great time. I mean, it was really fun.

I got to run the tire flip challenge for the lineman's competition. I haven't gotten the opportunity to run team competitions like that since I left my job as a D1 strength coach 2-years ago. Getting back in the saddle was no problemo.  Like riding a freaking bike.

Coming back to something as "basic" as a 10-yard tire flip with a new perspective and new experiences was a cool experience. I saw so much in such a short amount of time. 

Lessons in Preparation & Planning

  • The tire flip is an awesome drill. It exposes an athletes speed, power, coordination, and athleticism. 
  • The contest exposed teammates and the support - or lack of - on a team
  • The kids and teams that performed the best were clearly the strongest physically
    • Not surprisingly, the kid who has a 600lb competition squat also had, by far, the fastest time of the whole field.
  • Some of the kids were underprepared, hardly even able to lift the tire once, yet flip it 10-yards. Yet these kids persevered. Taking, in some cases, 7x longer to complete the drill. It was impressive.

I got to see a huge swathe of preparation. From the kids that were there under their own desire to improve to the kids who had their coaches and parents all around. But, one thing I saw clearly was the necessity of these kids training - training hard to get as strong as possible. The ones who did were fast and dominate.

Linemen competition shows how important speed and strength + skill are for football.

Give Your Clients Ownership

Give Your Clients Ownership

One of the most fulfilling moments for me as a coach, is when I receive an email from a college athlete saying something along the lines of, "Hey Steve, today my friend asked me to write her/him a program to help [insert goal here]. Here is a draft of the program I wrote - would you mind taking a look and letting me know your thoughts?"

Or, "Hey Steve, my baseball coach asked me to help write next month's training program for our team weight room sessions. I put together workout and attached it to this email - do you think it looks good?"

This isn't limited to young folks and athletes, either. It's equally thrilling for me when one of my adult clients takes a vacation, only to return and tell me about the strength training plan they made up while on the cruise ship. (even though they had to work around some severe equipment limitations!)

The reason the above exchanges make me excited is simple: it means that I've succeeded in giving my clients ownership of the training process.