Powerlifting Performance - 3 Commonly Neglected Areas

Powerlifting Performance - 3 Commonly Neglected Areas

Having coached many competitive powerlifters for the last 3-4 years, I've noticed common areas in the realm of training and recovery that many strength athletes neglect. Either the importance of these areas have not been stressed enough by their coaches and the environment they lift in, or the athletes fail to see the impact it plays on their powerlifting performance.

Core Stiffness & Performance: Overview (part 1)

Core Stiffness & Performance:  Overview (part 1)

This article will overview the concept of core stiffness and how it's applied to several sporting performances and movements. Core stiffness may refer to the core's ability to maintain stability in response to the influence of external forces, which may vary in magnitude, direction and speed. 

High Performance Training For MMA - Expert ROUNDTABLE

High Performance Training For MMA - Expert ROUNDTABLE

With the pride, fame, and money that comes with prize-fighting, it's extremely important for strength and conditioning coaches to ensure the fighters are in top physical condition come fight night - the fighters' health depend on it.Strength and conditioning work must be balanced with martial arts skills training and psychological performance and therefore presents a complex problem for performance coaches to solve. Luckily there are professionals in the field to do just that - create strong and healthy athletes to elevate the sport of MMA.

Why Did Conor McGregor Gas Out?

Why Did Conor McGregor Gas Out?

While he was certainly outclassed, and out-composed, critics of Conor's performance say he simply did not have the gas tank or conditioning to last 12 rounds. As a fight fan, that's probably an sufficient description of what happened. As a performance coach, of course I'd like to dive deeper into the variables at play, and the reasons for his so called "poor conditioning". So here. we. go.

Periodization of Skill Acquisition & Performance

Periodization of Skill Acquisition & Performance

Much of periodization has been focused around physical training, and how micro, meso, and macrocycles can be set up to aid in the improvement of strength, power and endurance. The periodization of skill acquisition and practice however, has yet to be examined to the same degree. In this article, I review a research paper by Farrow & Robertson (2016) and breakdown the "SPORT" framework of skill periodiation.

Perfecting The Deload & Taper Part 1: Overreaching, Overtraining

Perfecting The Deload & Taper Part 1: Overreaching, Overtraining

Before we dive into the specifics of a deloading or tapering protocol, we must better understand why they're needed in the first place. Part 1 will go over the concept of overreaching, overtraining, and what type of stressors and symptoms an athlete might experience as a result of hard training.

1 Cookie Now or 2 Later? : How To Get Started With Your Fitness and Diet Routine

1 Cookie Now or 2 Later? : How To Get Started With Your Fitness and Diet Routine

Picking up a new skill or committing to a new lifestyle change can be difficult, even down right daunting for some. As someone who constantly tries to challenge himself and help others overcome their biggest barriers, I see a big common obstacle holding people back.

Lose Weight By Eating More?

Lose Weight By Eating More?

Anyone who's followed a diet will notice that consuming less food can often result in lower energy levels throughout the day, negatively affecting our mood and most importantly, our activity levels. The better alternative is to eat a bit more to sustain a more active lifestyle. Learn more in this article!

Concurrent Training: Science and Practical Application

Concurrent Training: Science and Practical Application

Concurrent Training is the combination of resistance and endurance training in a periodized program to maximize all aspects of physical performance. This article will review the science behind concurrent training and help you get the most out of your training sessions.

Learning More About MMA Sports Science - Podcasts and Resources

Learning More About MMA Sports Science - Podcasts and Resources

You understand striking, you understand grappling, you understand the consequences and the excitement of MMA. Nothing better to round off your knowledge than understanding fight preparation and physical performance science. Here are some of my favorite podcasts and resources on MMA physical preparation.

Periodization 401: The Complexities and Problems of Periodization Theory

Periodization 401: The Complexities and Problems of Periodization Theory

Periodization, the systematic planning of exercise and athletic training. It is one of the cornerstones of high level sports and physical performance and without it, training has no context and no direction.

This series will cover the big picture as well as dive into the small nuances of what makes periodization such an important topic to learn for any aspiring strength & conditioning coach or high performance trainer. 

Periodization 301: Review Of Periodization Models

Periodization 301: Review Of Periodization Models

Periodization, the systematic planning of exercise and athletic training. It is one of the cornerstones of high level sports and physical performance and without it, training has no context and no direction.

This series will cover the big picture as well as dive into the small nuances of what makes periodization such an important topic to learn for any aspiring strength & conditioning coach or high performance trainer.