Monthly Archives: October 2008

Should endurance athletes strength train?


A common misconception is that if you are an endurance athlete, or if you are coaching an endurance athlete, you should not participate in a strength training program. Vic Brown, Associate Strength & Conditioning coach at BU, recently wrote an article in New England Sports magazine. He says, “[Strength training] combats factors that contribute to overuse injuries, encourages bone health and counteracts muscular imbalances.” Even for the skeptic out there who thinks that there is no chance of fitting a strength training workout into their day, Vic goes on to discuss eight ways to fit the workout into your schedule. Great job on the article, Vic.

>Should endurance athletes strength train?

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A common misconception is that if you are an endurance athlete, or if you are coaching an endurance athlete, you should not participate in a strength training program. Vic Brown, Associate Strength & Conditioning coach at BU, recently wrote an article in New England Sports magazine. He says, “[Strength training] combats factors that contribute to overuse injuries, encourages bone health and counteracts muscular imbalances.” Even for the skeptic out there who thinks that there is no chance of fitting a strength training workout into their day, Vic goes on to discuss eight ways to fit the workout into your schedule. Great job on the article, Vic.

Testing a Success


As a strength and conditioning coach, testing is vital to being able to validate what we do as coaches with our programs. Looking at data is black and white. If I see improvements then I know that what we are doing is working. Likewise, if I do not see the improvements that I expect then I know that adjustments need to be made.
I had the Lacrosse team go through their fall testing this past week. Looking over the numbers, I really liked what I saw from the team. The team averages were a great starting point for the beginning of their off-season training which begins next week. The team averages were: Bench Press 107 (with a high of 140) , Front Squat 150 (with a high of 190), Hang Clean 123 (with a high of 154), and Chin-ups 7 (with a high of 21). We are looking forward to the post test session in January.

>Testing a Success

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As a strength and conditioning coach, testing is vital to being able to validate what we do as coaches with our programs. Looking at data is black and white. If I see improvements then I know that what we are doing is working. Likewise, if I do not see the improvements that I expect then I know that adjustments need to be made.
I had the Lacrosse team go through their fall testing this past week. Looking over the numbers, I really liked what I saw from the team. The team averages were a great starting point for the beginning of their off-season training which begins next week. The team averages were: Bench Press 107 (with a high of 140) , Front Squat 150 (with a high of 190), Hang Clean 123 (with a high of 154), and Chin-ups 7 (with a high of 21). We are looking forward to the post test session in January.

Quote of the Week


It is more than effort that seperates the winners from second place. As Jesse Owens, one of the great US track and field olympians, says: “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”

>Quote of the Week

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It is more than effort that seperates the winners from second place. As Jesse Owens, one of the great US track and field olympians, says: “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”

Tipping off a new season


Last week was the beginning of practice for the 2008-09 basketball season. And last night was the “tip-off” to the new season where the men’s and women’s basketball teams were seen by fans. The teams have been training hard in the weight room over the summer and during the beginning part of this school year. Make sure to mark your calendars for the start of the season. The women’s team opens up at URI on November 14th while the Men’s team opens up on the same night at home in Agganis Arena against George Washington.