Monthly Archives: April 2010

>Video Clip: Hang Clean for Basketball


When I am training basketball players I still use weightlifting movements.  Because of their height, instead of doing cleans and snatches from the floor, I will have them begin from the hang position.

>Sharpen your Saw!


One of the great things about the field of strength and conditioning is that new ideas are being introduced all the time.  We get to share our ideas with others and we get to listen when people are sharing their philosophies too.  One of the best ways to share and listen to ideas is to attend seminars, clinics, and conferences to learn from others and to help others learn from you.
For those of you out on the west coast in southern California, there is an opportunity to sharpen your saw and learn from others.  Robert Dos Remedios, strength and conditioning coach at College of the Canyons, is hosting the 11th Annual College of the Canyons strength and conditioning clinic on May 15th.  It is a one day clinic with four speakers scheduled to speak.  Along with Coach Dos, Mike Wunsch, and Peter Koch, one of my friends and strength and conditioning coach for the Anaheim Ducks, Sean Skahan, is on the program and will give a great presentation to the crowd.
For more information on the clinic, you can view the brochure here.

>Pull-up Technique video clip


As my week of training continues with Rashad, I have the opportunity to sneak out the camera during a couple of exercises.  In this clip I wanted to show that he hasn’t forgotten his form on the pull-up.  Elbows straight and good body control.  Nice job.

>Front Squat video clip


Yesterday, I started working with one of my former basketball players at BU who just finished his 5th season overseas.  I was happy to see that he hasn’t forgotten the technique that we worked so hard on while he was here.

>Session Two is Today

>After a successful first session last week, I will be back at it again this morning for the second round of the spring clinic series.  Last week was great and I look forward to bringing the group through another great workout today.  Rolling, warm-up, core, strength training, conditioning and stretching…it has the making to be another great session.

>I’m about to EXPLODE!


Sorry but I just can’t take this anymore.  I woke up this morning and found that ANOTHER area high school has proposed cutting athletic programs in order to fix their financial short fall.  Let me know how you feel about this because I will tell you that every time I read of a school system dropping sports and activities it gets me mad!  Why?  Well let me share some information…This is directly from the CDC website:

American society has become ‘obesogenic,’ characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity. Policy and environmental change initiatives that make healthy choices in nutrition and physical activity available, affordable, and easy will likely prove most effective in combating obesity.
Participating in physical activity is important for children and teens as it may have beneficial effects not only on body weight, but also on blood pressure and bone strength.  Physically active children are also more likely to remain physically active throughout adolescence and possibly into adulthood.

Children may be spending less time engaged in physical activity during school. Daily participation in school physical education among adolescents dropped 14 percentage points over the last 13 years — from 42% in 1991 to 28% in 2003.  In addition, less than one-third (28%) of high school students meet currently recommended levels of physical activity.

So you see, I’m not making this stuff up.  The CDC…the CENTER for DISEASE CONTROL…is posting this on their website.  We are in an obesity epidemic in our society.  Inactivity for kids is increasing and with cuts to programs, people are making it easier to be inactive.
Every time I listen to a story of a city or town proposing to eliminate their sports program all I see is a nation getting fatter! 

>Remember that YOU CAN!


For those of you who have followed my blog for a while will remember that I had posted this You Tube clip back in January.  It is on of those clips that, personally, I can watch many times.  In fact, while I was writing this post I sat here and watch the entire thing again…and again.  
Well, for those of you in and around the Boston area will know that the marathon is almost here and that means seeing the Hoyts run by you.  Good luck to Team Hoyt and to the thousands of other runners competing in the race.
And remember this…No matter what the obstacle that you may be facing, remember that you CAN tackle it and get it done!