Upper Limb Anatomy

Upper Limb Anatomy

We here at IFAST love some anatomy.

Well, at least I do. That’s why I decided to help lead a discussion on upper extremity anatomy. You can never know enough anatomy.

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Plyo Physio: The science of jumping

Plyo Physio

If you’re making your athletes more explosive, plyometrics should be a staple in your programming. Knowing what adaptations plyometrics are causing will make your programming even better. In this video we lay to rest a common misconception among coaches about plyometrics and explain the following:

  • Muscle structure influences
  • Functional influences
  • The stretch reflex
  • KILL A COMMON MISCONCEPTION

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Force-Velocity Curve 101

Force-Velocity Curve 101

The force-velocity curve is a cornerstone of training science. This presentation gets you started on your journey into the training science world.

  • What is the force velocity curve?
  • Why is it important to understand?
  • How is one made?
  • What does it even mean?

These questions are answered for you so you can be on your way to understanding the neuromuscular nature of training.

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2017 IFAST Reading List

2017 IFAST Reading List

Vera Nazarian once said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” As such, there’s one simple way to turn up the light when you’re peeking through the IFAST door: see what the guys are reading. Take a gander at this collection of books that Bill and Mike have given to staff or colleagues over the last few years.

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How Much Do You Really Need?: Cutting back the programming workload

How Much Do You Really Need?

I recently had one of our longer-term clients come in for a training session with me. She’s been MIA for a couple months and looking to get back after it.

One of our other coaches saw her for an intake assessment just to get a sense of where she is now and where she wants to head. He wrote her a program to accomplish these goals.

But she was not a fan.

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Aeroponics and Nutrition: Use NASA technology to improve blood health

Aeroponics and Nutrition

If you could help your clients get 30% better results 3X faster, you would. When it comes to nutrition, you can with the help of a tower garden. The tower garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, grows up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers in less than three square feet, indoors or out, and typically produces 30% more produce in a third of the time.

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Stop Choking Your Clients!

Ever use the same cue on two different clients and get completely different results? Knowing your clients, their personalities, and the way they think should change the way you coach them. In this video we go through how to be more successful as a coach by cuing each of your clients differently. In this monster of a video we will go through:

  • The difference between flow states and choking
  • How internally focused cues can drive micro-choking
  • How externally focused cues can drive flow states

If you want some extra reading we suggest the following:

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Chronic Adaptations To Resistance Training

We all get stronger through weightlifting and resistance training. But what is changing inside the body that causes these gains? Understanding how the body adapts to resistance training over time will make your training plans and programming more effective than ever.

In this video we will go through:

  • How the brain adapts to resistance training
  • How nerve receptors in the muscle change
  • How muscle grow and adapt

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Change of Direction

Do you know what your athlete should look like when changing directions?

Knowing the difference between a correct and incorrect direction change, and how to fix it is a game changer when it comes to speed and agility. This presentation explains what a directional step is and what it should look like. We have also included are our top 5 exercise progressions to fix faults in the directional step.

  1. Supine Arm Bar
  2. Mountain Climber Breathing
  3. Cable Lift
  4. Reverse Lunge to Knee Drive
  5. Step-up Medicine Ball Scoop

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