When and How to Use Accessory Movements in Strength Development

Dave Van Skike One of the most common mistakes made by self-guided strength trainees and inexperienced coaches is the inappropriate use of excessive variety and inappropriate accessory or secondary movements.  In most weight rooms, accessory movements get used by the inexperienced to combat boredom without much thought to using the movement to advance the overall…

How to Be a Better Coach

Sara Fleming Coaching is more than just a thing I do for fun.  It is an integral part of who I am as a teacher, parent, trainer, and athlete.  I’ve coached and trained athletes in a number of individual sports: weightlifting, powerlifting, track and field, as well as a number of recreational and endurance events. …

Triad of Dysfunction in Youth Fitness and Sports

Sara Fleming and David Van Skike The youth fitness issues making headlines these days are childhood obesity and sports injuries.  According to the CDC, in 2012, over one third of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese.  At the seemingly opposite end of the spectrum, in 2009, over 2.6 million children were treated…

Human Potential, Athleticism, and Play

Sara Fleming What do you think of when you hear the word “training”?  When we think about training, our ideas encompass both the broad and long term physical effects as well as very specific goals.  We believe that training is about honing the vast physical potential of the human body.  The truth is, the majority of folks…

Opening the Black Box

Why do training programs work?  How can you tell if they are working? More importantly, how can you tell if they are right for you or your trainee? The black box is a metaphor for a process we don’t understand.  Input turns into output via some mysterious mechanism.  This metaphor has been used in all kinds of industries, including…

Our book has been released!

Play the Ball As It Lies:  The Art and Science of Teaching Strength is now available for purchase.  Below you will find the Introduction which explains a little more about what we teach.  We cover general training principles, workout programming, coaching in the weight room, how to effectively use strength, power, and endurance training, and…

Mobility or Weakness?

Sara Fleming I have a bit of an eclectic training practice. I train middle aged men and women who are fairly new to everything barbell related. I train elementary school children. I train competitive crossfitters and Olympic weightlifters and I train beginner and novice powerlifters. I train people in their seventies and beyond who are…