Take your Vertical Jump to the Next Level

When it comes to basketball this is what everyone seems to want to improve upon the most.  The vertical jump.  So if we want to help our athletes improve their vertical jump what should we focus on with them to help them achieve it?  First work on improving their...

How to Build Massive Strength

There is a question I get asked a lot.  How can I build massive strength?  I usually return this question with a question.  How much time, intensity and dedication are you willing to put in to achieve your goals?  Most respond that they are willing to do whatever it...

Do What you do best

There is a saying “Do what you do best and let the others do the rest”  This saying could not be more true than in the sports world especially at the high school level.  Being a strength and speed coach my responsibility is to enhance an individual or team's success...

Does the body understand reps?

I believe that this question is one that is not asked enough.  We assign a number to how many times we are suppose to lift a weight a weight.  While I believe that it makes program design a little easier is it truly doing what it says?  For example the thought is that...

Plain Vs. Fancy Gyms

This is something I hear from people very frequently.  Dave your gym looks like something from Rocky IV.  Why don’t you have mirror or TV’s?  The answer I give everyone is you are hear to accomplish a goal.  A goal fo improving your health and performance.  If you...

FREE PLAY verse STRUCTURED PLAY

 How many of us remember FREE play or non-adult supervised play?  I do.  This was one of my favorite childhood memories.  I am blessed to relive it since I have  2 young kids who do it all of the time.  They participate in FREE play.  It is so great to see them learn...

What makes a Great Athlete?

There are many things that great athletes do that others do not do.  There are also two types of great athletes, the ones who possess great athletic ability without doing anything for it and those who have worked their tail off to achieve greatness.  I am going to...

Reasons why you are not getting bigger?

Reason #1 Your training is wrong. For too long so many people get mad when they do not make the gains they expect.  They get these workouts from magazines, off websites etc… expecting to make huge gains and when they make no gains they give up.  There could be a...

Rest between Sets

Resting between sets was something I never really thought about.  I usually just went to the weight room and did a set then waited till I was ready again.  One time I might wait 30 seconds, the next time it could be 3 minutes.  I spent so much time on the program...

Variation of Workouts

Variation of Workouts This is a big key to growing and getting bigger.  You have to think of how a body works.  If I Bench Press 95lbs for months on end without increasing the weight, how much progress do you think I would make?  Not much, after time my body would...

Lift Moderate to Heavy Weights to get Jacked

  Lifting soft A$$ weight just does not cut it when it comes to getting bigger.  I know Nutrition, Sleep which I spoke about in a past blog is very important in growing bigger, but also lifting heavy has to go along with that.  You need to break down the muscle so it...

Nutrition to grow Big

Nutrition This is so key to your success in putting weight on.  You can lift for 5 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days out of the year, but if you do not eat the correct food you will not gain the muscle mass you desire.  Food helps you add weight because it repairs...

SLEEP IS NEEDED TO GROW BIGGER

This is part 1 of the 5 easy steps needed to gain muscular size and strength. This is one topic that I have a hard time with.  Ever since I was 25 years old I have not gotten enough sleep.  I used to work 4 jobs at one time sleeping on avg 2-4 hours per night.  While...

I am a Failure.

I personally hate failing at anything in life, but there is one place I would rather fail than to not push myself and that is the weight room.  I did not start lifting weights till I hit college.  I was extremely weak for a college age person.  I remember only being...

5 easy things to do to add Muscular Weight

Have you ever struggled adding weight, size, strength when lifting.  It can be much easier than you think.  We sometimes try to make it more complicated then what it is.  We think we need to lift heavy, heavy weights all the time.  This is not true.  While we do need...

Stop being a Jack of all trades

Why, in this day in age when we have some much available do we not utilize our resources.  Let me give you an example.  I was speaking the other day with a coach of a youth team.  I emailed him about 1 of his players and what he felt he needed to work on to improve....

Stop lifting that SOFT A$$ Weight

  The fitness/sports enhancement profession is at a weird place right now.  Too many people trying to come up with the next crazy exercise.  The one that looks cool and neat so we can impress our clients, friends, colleagues.  When you really get down to it the basic...