Live Video Interview with Practical Strength

Alex Van Houten of the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) and Defining Dad Bod interviewed Dave and Sara on some basic questions about developing foundational strength and coaching.  See the interview below. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpracticalstrength%2Fvideos%2F2134846703399021%2F&show_text=0&width=560 We have some more video presentations and interviews in the pipeline.  What would you like to hear us talk about?  What questions…

Best Practices

These are some of the fundamental concepts of good coaching on a practical level that work for everyone, regardless of age or ability.  How many of these are you incorporating into your practice?   Assessment: Good coaching includes simple assessment tools to see if the athlete is ready to train. Are they broken, is the…

Technical Strength

Sara Fleming Technique.  Its something we as coaches are constantly correcting, describing, cueing, and obsessing over.  Seems simple, right?  If you want to perform at your best, you need perfect technique.  And yet, that concept is probably the most misunderstood, misapplied, and outright ignored concept in physical training. In the interest of increasing the amount…

Training Effects

*This is an excerpt from our textbook. When you consider that a single training method will affect individuals differently, depending on their fitness level and genetic variation, the task of designing a training plan may feel complicated. In order to take an individual’s abilities from point A to point B you have to not only…

Coaching in the weight room

Sara Fleming, Gant Grimes, and Dave Van Skike One of the greatest benefits of working with a trainer or coach in the weight room is constant feedback on form and technique.  Teaching your clients to lift with good technique for their body type, limb lengths, strengths, and deficits is key to their success.  You must…

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…