Building Resiliency for In-Home Clients

Resiliency for In-Home Clients

In-home training can be a rewarding (and lucrative) career choice, but you have to set your own environment. Just like any coaching, you can get burnt out if you’re not careful. One of the best parts about IFASTU is the questions you all ask. It gets us thinking about things we’ve either taken for granted[…]

Training Frequency for In-Home Clients

Training Frequency for In-Home Clients

In-home training can be a rewarding (and lucrative) career choice, but you have to set your own environment. Just like any coaching, you can get burnt out if you’re not careful. One of the best parts about IFASTU is the questions you all ask. It gets us thinking about things we’ve either taken for granted[…]

Talking About Max Strength and Athletic Development: September 2018 IFAST University Q&A with Bill Hartman

Talking About Max Strength and Youth Athletic Development September 2018 Q&A with Bill Hartman

What is strength? Who knows? We talk Charlie Francis, gen pop, and of course — Batman. And we have a liiiiittle detour on youth athletic development. Make sure to listen to Bryan Chung, The Naive Expert, weigh in on the thoughts towards the end. Notes Click here to download the notes Questions? Any more questions?[…]

Deadlift vs. Squat - Are you giving your athlete the wrong exercise?

Deadlift vs. Squat Are you giving your athlete the wrong exercise?

Are you giving your athlete the wrong exercise?

Do you know what changes you get from a deadlift? How about a squat?

These exercises are NOT just for pushing up your lifts: they can create different physiological adaptations in the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Knowing what those adaptations are allows you to choose which is best for each athlete.

See how it impacted an elite volleyball player in this video.
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The Biggest Flaws of Collegiate Athletes and Training for Soccer, Baseball, or Basketball

The Biggest Flaws of Collegiate Athletes and Training for Soccer, Baseball, or Basketball October 2017 Q&A with Mike Robertson

Get the notes from this Q&A session at the bottom of this post. Boy this was a fun one. Here’s everything you’ll get in this action-packed hour of Q&A: What is my assessment process when working with a client for the first time? [0:49] What’s the biggest flaw of collegiate athletes? [4:13] How am I[…]

Off-season Programming for a Pitcher

Off-Season Programming For Pitchers

It’s a terrific time of year to talk about programming for pitchers!

With off-season starting and fall ball being wrapped up around the end of October, it’s time to get after it. But what do you with these players?

In this video, we’ll discuss:

  • Why I love the baseball off-season
  • How to prioritize shoulder care
  • Your training model! What does your player need?
  • Then I’ll list out my model and ask some questions to get you thinking about what qualities you should train. Does your pitcher have enough force production? What about rate of force development?
  • What about conditioning and, more generally, energy systems development?
  • What about sagittal plane movement control? Frontal plane competency? Can your pitcher PUSH off? Or do they just FALL off the mound?

Basically, this post gives you specific examples on how to program for your pitchers. Feel free to steal all of this and use it right away.

Do you have a pitcher coming in today? I’d love to chat about this. Leave a comment below!

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4 Strategies to Improve Power

4 Strategies to Improve Power

This presentation is not “How to DO” — It’s “How to THINK” Big picture to small picture, what are your principles? Here’s my basic flow of training thought: Principles => Strategy => Tactics And we’ll discuss a case study of one of my basketball players. [MM_Member_Decision membershipId=’!2′] Normally a video goes here! If you’d like[…]

How to Program Bands and Chains for Your Athletes

How to Program Bands and Chains for Your Athletes

Popularized decades ago by Westside Barbell, accommodating resistance has been used effectively in the weight room for years.

But those guys are powerlifters. How does this pertain to the normal people and athletes that we train?

That’s the question we’ve been trying to answer. This is our intro into the topic; where our heads are at. We take our experience in the gym and sprinkle in a little research to figure more of it out.

I won’t say we’re done thinking about this, but this in-service revamped the practicality of our manual and seminar.
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General Population Powerlifting Client Case Study

General Population Powerlifting Client Case Study

Our powerlifting meets are always a great time. They’re low stress and a great way to give my clients something to set their sights on. We’ll discuss the health-performance continuum, the difficulties you run into with this type of client, how I dealt with her shoulder issues, the velocity work she did, the conditioning work[…]

Chronic Back Pain and Cardiac Arrhythmia Case Study

Chronic Back Pain and Cardiac Arrhythmia Case Study

As coaches we’ve all thought about the ideal client before. For me, the ideal client is someone I can make quick changes with in our movement assessment, teach them big exercises, and then make some strides towards his/her goals.

My ideal client is the exact opposite of the client we are going to talk about in this video.

Everything from being overweight, to chronic back pain, and a cardiac episode has made programming for this client challenging to say the least. However, being able to successfully write programs for clients like this makes each of us far better coaches. In this video, I’ll cover mistake I made with his programming, how I adjusted the program based on his goals, and how we’ve managed hurdles along the way.
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Classifying Your Athlete: Use this scale to write smarter programs

Classifying Your Athlete Use this scale to write smarter programs

There are an infinite number of variables that go into training an athlete. Filtering out what your athlete is lacking is the key to developing results that transfer over to their sport — and transfer quickly. In this presentation, I go over different types of athletes you might encounter, what they have going for them,[…]

Programming for an Entry-Level Fat Loss Client

Programming for an Entry-Level Fat Loss Client

While we are absolutely selling fitness and performance to our clients, we can’t forget that we are always selling confidence. That is especially important when you have a client, like my example here, who has been through an unfortunate injury history.
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How Much Do You Really Need?: Cutting back the programming workload

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

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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