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Do the Squat and Deadlift Improve Sprinting Speed? [Part I]

  Do the squat and deadlift improve sprinting speed? Since I first entered into the speed training realm, there has always been some degree of debate amongst many professionals concerning whether or not the squat and or deadlift was necessary for increasing human running speed.  In this article we will explore several studies and sub-topics and find out whether or not this type of exercise is indeed essential for a sprinter or athlete.  Before I go on though, I want to be clear that I’m not advocating either of these 2 specific exercises as the be all end all to speed training, as there are several other elements that need to be a part of an athlete’s program in order to yield maximal benefit from…

4 Reasons to Attend This Strength & Conditioning Certification Course

UPDATE (August 3, 2015, 3:53 PM Eastern): The USTFCCCA Strength & Conditioning Certification with Boo Schexnayder is Sold Out!  We’ve reached our hard cap of 75 coaches and will no longer be accepting registrations.  If you’re one of the coaches who got in, we’ll be nerding out soon with many of the top area high school and college coaches! If you’re on the outside looking in, scroll down to save big on some of Boo’s best coaching programs. -LT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The goal was to get 45 coaches registered for Boo Schexnayder’s T&F Strength and Conditioning Certification Course on August 22-23 at Bishop Hendricken HS in Warwick, RI. With 3 weeks to go, we’ve got 76 coaches registered and will no longer be accepting any entries….

Strength and Conditioning Certification Course with Boo Schexnayder

For many track and field coaches, strength and conditioning for each event group is an area of relative weakness. I know I feel more comfortable and confident writing ‘track workouts’ than I do managing strength and weight room progressions, multijump contacts, or multithrow volumes and frequency. That’s why I’m extremely excited to announce that Boo Schexnayder, along with former University of Nebraska coach Carrie Lane, will be running a strength and conditioning certification course on August 22-23, here in Providence, Rhode Island. Event specific strength and conditioning is one of the most frequently searched and requested topics and Boo Schexnayder is as good as it gets.  This USTFCCCA Coaching Acaemy Course runs over the span of two days, taught by two of the world’s best…

Blizzard of 2015: Video Playlist

Where I live, there’s a blizzard happening. I can’t tell you how excited I am to shovel the 24+ inches of snow that has fallen. By excited, I mean I will cry myself to sleep tonight. Regardless, I thought I’d share a video playlist from my YouTube Channel. And by ‘I thought’, I mean I stole the idea from another coach. (Thanks Coach Bartlett!) The list contains a video or two covering each event group. Also, if you decide to purchase the programs affiliated with some of the videos, you’ll get 20% off when you enter Complete Track and Field coupon code: BLIZZARD   SPRINTS   How to Get Set Up in the Blocks to Ensure an Explosive ‘Zero Step’ Every sprinter needs to improve…

Contrast Training Methods for Sprinters

Before I dive into the details for why sprinters and athletes should utilize this type of training, I’m going to first define what it is exactly.  Contrast Training was first introduced to me by Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell.  This type of training involves a “contrast” or some source of variable resistance as you perform an exercise throughout a range of motion.  Bands and chains placed around the bar are the most common implements used to create this effect. Contrast Training addresses the concept of “Accommodating Resistance.”  Due to changes in the detail of movement throughout an exercise, the degree of difficulty or level of resistance working against us changes automatically.  I’m sure many are probably familiar with what I’m talking about.  Take the back…

You’re Fired Friday (Vol. 2)

It’s a New Year and I can’t think of a better time to release another installment of me indiscriminately firing people on the Interwebs, especially since coaches seemed to enjoy the first version. The theme of today’s episode: Professionalism, Status and the Ego If you start getting worked up, be sure to look over my left shoulder. Then post your comments below. – LT

3 NOT Track & Field Specific Programs I recommend (25% off, too!)

I implement a lot of coaching and training ideas and programs coming from *outside* of the world of track and field specific coaches and organizations. I think it’s important to branch out in order to get a different perspective from the ‘field and court sport’ and ‘strength and conditioning’ universe. One organization I’m proud to be involved with, promotes an excellent mission and creates phenomenal programs from outstanding coaches is the International Youth Conditioning Assocication (IYCA). Today I’m recommending three IYCA programs for you to consider. As part of their Cyber Monday sale, all of these programs are 25% off when you use coupon code THANKS at checkout.   1. Game Play Performance  Why I like it: Athletic development requires more than just relentless biomotor…

Top 4 Farmers Walk Handles Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Homemade Training Equipment for Teams with Tight Budgets.   After the release of the first homemade training equipment article and video highlighting the use of sandbags to gain more strength, power, and explosive speed, a lot of emails and questions were sent from readers wondering about my mention of farmers walk handles in the video. After all, aren’t farmers walk handles only good for one thing? The answer might surprise you. Expensive, welded store bought farmers walk handles are usually good for one or two exercises. There is the suitcase deadlift where weight is loaded on to each handle and deadlifted off the ground (think of lifting 2 heavy suitcases at the airport) and of course, the farmers walk event. The…

Top 5 Sandbag Training Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Here are my Top 5 (Homemade) Sandbag Training Exercises for teams committed to getting stronger…even with tight budgets! You find yourself in this position every year. You go to your AD and present him with your list of needs for the season. Your old uniforms are looking a little tattered and a few “walked off” last year. You have some hurdles that need replacing. The high jump crossbar has more tape holding it together than ever and it won’t make it through the season. You have starting block rails and pedals scattered around the storage shed but somehow you can’t make a complete unit to use at practice. Oh, and in addition to all this you want medicine balls, plyo boxes,…

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