Stronger Athletes

Mystery Guest and Conditioning Football Players

Twenty Fourth of April "Honesty is the best policy and spinach is the best vegtable." -Popeye the Sailor-Man

Mystery Guest

"This week's Mystery Guest served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975-1979 and then earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Penn State in 1983. From 1983-84, he was a Health Fitness Supervisor at Princeton. From 1984-90, he was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Rutgers University. In 1990, he returned to Princeton University and is now the Coordinator of Health Fitness, Strength and Conditioning. He has authored more than 160 articles that have appeared in 32 different publications and three books. He has also co-authored a book with the coach of the Boston Celtics. He has been invited to speak at local, state, regional and national clinics and seminars throughout the US and Canada."

This week's mystery guest has written several books and well over 100 articles on safe, productive, and efficient strength training. If you still don't know who this Coach is check out what he has to say about strength training HERE.

**Note** Much of this bio was taken from another website. We will give credit on Friday.

Conditioning For Football Players

We would like to thank Coach Jim Bryan for bringing this issue to our attention. As many high school football coaches gear-up for pre-season training they should be prepared to get their athletes conditioned now as opposed to the last minute. Dr. Ken Leistner in his article, "DR. KEN'S  2002 FOOTBALL RUNNING PROGRAM", gives coaches a wonderful resource to use.

Dr. Ken believes coaches should take an active role in the conditioning of the athlete in the spring not the summer. "The cardiovascular system and local musculature involved in the sport of football must be strengthened and conditioned NOW so that [the athlete] can peak in the latter stages of July and August.  This will allow [the athlete] to report in the best possible condition. Maintain careful records so that you know exactly what has been accomplished in each workout.

He reminds athletes to follow a healthy diet and strength training program for the optimum results. His program starts with a 6 week build-up phase consisting of runs of up to 12 minutes. We know that many coaches are anti-timed runs or distance running. However this lays the foundation for sport-specific training in the mid-summer.

From mid-June to mid-August he lays out a detailed practice plan prescribing warm-ups and sprints. It is the athlete's desire to arrive at training camp in primed condition. Using Dr. Ken's advice the coach can get his team to that point of optimum fitness specific for football practice.

We encourage you to check out the whole thing at You will have to register with Garage Gym to view their articles.

If you are interested in the entire program please drop me a note and we will forward it to you. Good luck coaches as you begin you summer training. We would like to hear from you in regards to what your athletes and teams use to cariovascular condition.

***No Liability is assumed for any information written on the website. No medical advice is given on exercise. This advice should be obtained from a licensed health-care practitioner. Before anyone begins any exercise program, always consult your doctor. The articles are written by coaches that are giving advice on a safe, productive, and efficient method of strength training.***

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