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Segmented Training plans: Working with blocks

David Van Skike *This is an excerpt from our textbook.  We’ve attempted to simplify linear or block periodization into a format that is more easily understood and applicable to the average individual.   Many high level athletes have been successful reaching training goals without long term periodized planning and still others have adhered to plans…

The Economics of Training Part II

  David Van Skike “The idea that the harder you work, the better you’re going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently.” ― Bill Bowerman In Part One, we introduced the idea of training economy.   Good training economy is spending limited training resources…

The Economics of Training Part I

David Van Skike I overheard a conversation this weekend at a highland games that is a classic pitfall of self-coached (and many professionally coached) athletes. Names withheld to protect the guilty. I don’t know what’s going on with my throws. I have no pop in the trig, no snap or speed. The worst part is…

Playing My Cards

Robert L. Wanamaker There’s days when seemingly everything hurts in my body.  Every joint aches.  I bend over, getting set to pick up the log, my hands ache; the pain continues up my arms to my shoulders.  I ignore this pain, get my back tight, my lats tighten up; I dip down and pull the…

What Should Fitness Mean to You?

Sara Fleming This question has been asked and answered by a lot of people over the past several centuries.  Some equate fitness with health, others with athletic ability.  Alhough fitness can mitigate a lot of health problems, it doesn't automatically equal health.  Genetics dictate a lot of what happens to us and there's no treadmill…

Specificity: Strength Training Guidelines for BUD/S

Mike Caviston We often talk about planning one's training around a specific training goal.  For individuals with physical job requirements such as professional athletes, law enforcement, or military operators, training plans should be as specific as possible to the demands of the profession.  Strength and endurance need to be addressed as individual qualities to get…

Kinda Strong

Sara Fleming A lot of the discussions we have with our clients are based on setting goals and adjusting our programming to maintain progress.  However, every once in a while, we get some resistance and have to answer questions about what we're doing and why.  If any of you have trained a family member or…