Archive for the ‘General Q&A’ Category

Merry Christmas from Stronger Athletes

24th of December, 2009

Stronger Athletes would like to wish you a very merry Christmas.

As such we’d like to give you a gift.  This is a very lengthy discussion on muscle fiber recruitment that I feel really brings home a lot of the key points of recruitment and why the olympic lifting proponents are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to strength training.

Without any further delay, here is the article

Becoming Mainstreamed: Coaching Videos & Books

3rd of February, 2003

February 3 “If the enemy opens the door you must race in.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Often times when we meet other coaches and begin discussing strength training, we find that most, if not all, have never heard of training philosophies similar to the one we promote at These coaches either respond in one of two ways. Some develop a keen interest as we tell them that our so-called, (more…)

Testing Athletes / Dear StrongerAthletes: Neck Work

31st of January, 2003

January 31 “I’ve never let formal education interfere with my learning.” -Jim Bryan

Testing Athletes

Now that many schools and teams are well into their strength programs coaches are turning to various means of measuring progress. Many will have their athletes perform a one-rep max (1RM) all too often to check their strength. We feel that this may not be the wisest choice for measuring progress, primarily for safety reasons. (more…)

Clinic Update/Video Review/Another Plyometrics Concern

27th of January, 2003

January 27 “No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.” -George Bernard Shaw

Clinic Update

2002 Missouri 4A State Champion, Coach Mark Thomas from Kearney High School will (more…)

Dear StrongerAthletes: New High School/Training Question

17th of January, 2003

January 17 “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” -Dale Carnegie -Emerson

Dear StrongerAthletes: New High School/Training Question

We have two e-mails. The first from Coach Bill McGee, from Lake Forrest, Illinois who has received help setting up his school’s program from some of the best strength coaches in the business. (more…)

Improving Speed

23rd of December, 2002

December 23 “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.” -Albert Einstein

Merry Christmas from

Athletes and coaches are always seeking ways to improve their 40 yard dash. Aside (more…)

Our Stance on BFS

12th of December, 2002

December 12 “No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.” -George Bernard Shaw

Dear Stance on BFS

We received this e-mail from Coach Nolan Pettis this week. He wants to know how we feel about the Bigger Faster Stronger training program that is popular with many high school coaches. (more…)

Year One In Review

8th of December, 2002

December 8 “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be..” -Robert Browning

This week marks the anniversary of our first posting. It has been an awesome experience getting to know many of our readers and learning as much as we have along the way. From the feedback we receive from many of you we feel that this website serves a unique role. We try to present (more…)

Stronger Athletes: Future Strength Coach

9th of October, 2002

October 9 “Football players should not do the Olympic lifts. The safety issue is not with the lifts however; the problem is with the generation of coaches who grew up in the Arthur Jones/Nautilus era. These coaches have neither the time nor the coaching ability to teach 85 players the Olympic lifts. These coaches have never learned how to stand on their own two feet, pick a weight off the ground and put it over their head.” -Lincoln Brigham, a Olympic Lifting advocate, making a wonderful observation about the relationship between effective coaching and picking up a weight with both feet on the ground then putting it over their head.

Dear A Future Coach

A young man from Kansas recently wrote to us asking for help in a class project. Looking at coaching through his eyes has reawakened our own desires to be great coaches. (more…)

25th Annual NSCA Convention

22nd of July, 2002

July 22 “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” -William Shakespeare

Although was not able to attend the 25th Annual NSCA Convention, Coach Gary Gant from Apple Valley, California was, and sent us this report. We sincerely hope that this forum can help to educate coaches that safe, productive, and efficient training methods are not unheard of or un-sound philosophies. Coach Gant serves as yet another voice, frustrated at the one-sidedness of (more…)