Jim Bryan’s New Site

18th of September, 2011

Jim Bryan, long time strength training enthusiast and trainer, all around good guy and friend of ours has updated his site. In case you are not aware of who Jim is, here is a little bit of his bio from his site.

“Jim Bryan. 50 years of experience and Certified by National Federation of Professional Trainers and Accredited by NCCA/NOCA. Author of dozens of articles for print and online Fitness, Strength, and Conditioning magazines. Contributor to StrengthMentors.com.” Check out Jim Bryan’s Strength Department

Joe DeFranco on Olympic Lifts for Athletes

16th of September, 2011

Sep 16 Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.  -Benjamin Franklin

Joe Defranco over at Defrancostraining.com answers questions from his readers. This one caught my eye. Specifically and athlete asks him about the importance of Olympic lifts for training athletes. Read the rest of this entry »

Stability Balls Are Unsafe for Strength Training

15th of September, 2011

Sep 15 “I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.”  -A. Whitney Brown

Stability Balls Are Unsafe for Strength Training

That’s one conclusion to be drawn from this posting. Francisco Garcia was injured in 2009 when a ball he was balancing on while lifting burst.

In the article the Sacramento Kings are seeking to recover several million in damages. This is certainly understandable from the perspective that they did suffer damages because their player was injured and could not perform. The Kings owner has smartly prohibited the use of stability balls in his athletes training protocol. Read the rest of this entry »

Johnson Now Suing USC

6th of February, 2011

Stafon Johnson, who we talked about in this article has filed a lawsuit against his former school alleging negligence on the part of ex-assistant conditioning coach Jamie Yanchar in Johnson’s near fatal accident in 2009.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Stafon Johnson

The Case Against Explosive Weight Training: NSCA Rebuttal

28th of May, 2010

May 28 “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, an 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.

A Rebuttal to the NSCA Position Paper on Explosive Training

by Ken Mannie, Strength and Conditioning Coach – Michigan State Spartans

(Editor: This article was presented to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Since it threatens the position of the NSCA, and because the NSCA controls this journal, they refused to print it. We, on the other hand, are not threatened by the truth.)

The subject of explosive weight training is one that has been Read the rest of this entry »


5th of May, 2010
May 5 “What you get for free costs too much.”  -Jean Anouilh

When considering efficiency in training it is important to understand that one set to failure per exercise would be an optimum way to train. In order to do this productively an athlete must understand the concept of intensity and have the ability to put it to use. When the ability or understanding to train with high intensity is lacking a coach can substitute with higher volume, or additional sets. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Injure Your Players While Testing Them

6th of March, 2010

Mar 6 The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey.  The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front.  The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.  ~Steve Garvey

The title seems like a fairly obvious one.   Don’t injure your players while testing them. Yet we hear reports of players getting injured during strength assessments more often than we should. Read the rest of this entry »

Squat Thoughts and Alternatives

27th of January, 2010

Matty Noordberg wrote us:

Hi Coach Rody,

I would like to share some thoughts on the squat after more than 25 years of lifting and trying out a lot of exercises and set/rep/duration schemes. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Cleans Claim Another Victim

3rd of December, 2009

“A committee is twelve men doing the work of one.” -John F. Kennedy

Cleans Don’t Care Who You Are, They’ll Injure You Just the Same

The professional athlete Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche. Read the rest of this entry »