Safe Effective Strength Training
Top 10 Strength Coach Mark Asanovich Quotes
May 15 "Life is a mystery
to be lived, not a problem to be solved." -Albert Einstein
Although we have never
had the opportunity to meet or visit with Coach Mark Asanovich we
really like the things he has to say about strength training and the
use of supplements. What you find below is his bio taken from the
Official web site of the Jacksonville
Jaguars, http://www.jaguars.com/ and our list of the Top 10 Mark
Asanovich Quotes. Enjoy.
"Mark Asanovich is in his first season as the strength and
conditioning coach for the Jaguars and his ninth season as an NFL
In 2002, Asanovich was the assistant strength and conditioning coach
of the Baltimore Ravens. He was the head strength and conditioning
coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 through 2001 working under
former coach Tony Dungy. Asanovich brought to the Jaguars a new
strength and conditioning regime that emphasizes individual supervision
of player workouts. The cornerstone of his program is to ⌠coach
reps rather than merely count reps. It is his belief that players who
are coached in the weightroom will develop better results from what is
inspected rather than what is expected.
With the support of Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, Asanovich oversaw a
$260,000 renovation of the Jaguars weightroom before the start of the
2003 off season conditioning program. Wayne Weaver has given us the
resources to win and Jack Del Rio and his staff have given us their
support, Asanovich said. The players have responded and have garnered
Asanovich spent the 1995 season as assistant strength and
conditioning coach for the Minnesota Vikings. From 1987 to 95, he was
the strength and conditioning coach at Anoka High School (Minneapolis,
Minn). In 1984, he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant
coach at Ohio State, staying there two years. In 1986 he coached at The
Asanovich, 43, has published several articles in his field of study
and served as a member of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Health
& Physical Fitness. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from
St. Cloud State and a master's degree in exercise science from Ohio
Asanovich was born May 20, 1959 in Duluth, Minn. He played guard and
linebacker at Duluth East High School and attended St. Cloud State.
COACHING BACKGROUND: 1984-85 Ohio State, 1986 The Citadel, 1987-95
Anoka High School (Minn.), 1995 Minnesota Vikings, 1996-2001 Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, 2002 Baltimore Ravens, 2003 Jacksonville Jaguars"
Top 10 Asanovich Quotes
- 10) "You have to take a look at the paper trail," he
says. "It's skewed. Small numbers (of test subjects) were used ... and
it tested football players, who were told that at the end of the study,
they'd be given a free can of Creatine."
Discussing the use of
studies that shed a positive light on the use of Creatine by athletes.
- 9) "Over and beyond telling them about the four-game
suspension, which is a pretty loud message, the thing you tell them is
that when you buy a dietary supplement, you're dealing with a product
that's totally unregulated," he said. "It's like buying something on
the black market. It may contain an ephedrine-containing product, but
it may be something different. It may be totally inert. So we tell them
what you're doing is you're playing supplement roulette with your
Discussing the risk of over the counter
- 8) "Players that are deconditioned and lack appropriate
strength levels are most susceptible to [knee] injuries. However, past
injuries, improper training protocols (i.e. Olympic lifting,
depth-jumping and other ballistic training protocols), and over trained
athletes can also exasperate risk of injury."
may predispose athletes to certain injures.
- 7) "The fact of the matter is that ballistic resistance
training is unproven and/or unproductive at best, and potentially
dangerous at worst (especially in prepubescent athletes). Ballistic
resistance training, like any momentum-assisted movement, violates the
most fundamental principle of strength development, that being, the
Discussing the risk vs benefits of
ballistic training methods for traditional sport
- 6) "As a Strength & Conditioning Coach, it is my job to
maximize our players' performance and minimize injuries in a manner
that is prudent, productive, practical & purposeful. As such, my
recommendation to our athletes is to consistently train hard, rest, eat
right and live right. In regards to anything beyond these fundamental
principles, I advise them to use their common sense and beware of
sensationalized gimmicks/supplements that make hyperbole claims."
Discussing the stance his organization takes on nutritional
- 5) "Our in-season training or exercises are a direct
reflection of our off-season training or exercises. As such, the
training protocols that we employ in the off-season are identical to
the protocols that we employ in our in-season protocols."
Discussing the fact that training is training off-season or
- 4) "Unfortunately, well-intended (but not well-educated)
athletes, coaches, and parents are easy targets for such commercially
Discussing the pitfalls of effective product
marketing on eager consumers.
- 3) "Accepting a risk of injury in training... is
unacceptable, unprofessional, and unethical."
role safety should play in strength training.
- 2) "Yet, regardless of which training protocols may be right
or wrong, as health/fitness professionals our first responsibility is
to the safety of those who have entrusted their health to us."
Discussing the role safety should play in strength
- 1) "The principle of specificity states that
training/practice must BE SPECIFIC to an intended skill in order for
skill improvement for carryover to occur. Specific means exact or
identical, not similar or just like. Therefore, accelerating a bar from
the floor or knee-height-position by a forceful rolling of the hips may
somewhat assimilate driving off the line of scrimmage-but the truth of
the matter is, Olympic lifting will only improve one's skills at
Olympic lifting and nothing else."
Discussing the false notion
of using the quick lifts to develop better tacklers.