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Ted Rath – Tools of the Trade: Tricks any strength coach can have in the bag

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The strength and conditioning field is flooded with a wide array of personalities, modalities, philosophies, and even some tricks.During my time as a strength coach I have learned the valuable lesson of always being prepared for the unexpected.Unexpected events occur without fail during every training session, problems may arise with equipment or with the room itself.Other problems can be brought on by time issues and other factors that the strength coach cannot controlIt is to the strength coaches best interest to have a bag full of tricks and back up plans handy each and every day. Below I will describe a few of the more helpful tools that I have used in the past.

http://nancynorthcott.jim-mcdonald.net/tag/southeastern-collegium/ Manual Resistance:Manual resistance training has many benefits.The most important of those benefits is the mobility of this training modality; you can perform any exercise at any time and in any place.This may be especially helpful when time and facilities are at a premium such as the case is in many high school settings.After practice you may not have the weight room available to your players but you have a very suitable substitute…..Manual Resistance.You must not limit your imagination when planning a Manual Resistance workout routine.The possibilities are endless and every major muscle group can be trained and targeted with this training method.Depending on your sport and the needs of your athletes you can have a basic routine scripted and ready for when the day strikes and your Manual Resistance workout is called into play.It is important to note that as the coach you must first and foremost be trained in proper spotting and coaching Manual Resistance training.Each athlete must be prepared to spot and lift accordingly; this is the number one consideration when implementing Manual Resistance into your training program.

Buy Phentermine From Australia Plate Workouts:Just as the name suggest, this training session can be performed with nothing more than an Olympic weight of the appropriate poundage for your athletes.Similarly to Manual Resistance this training session must be formed with your imagination at its peak!You can train every muscle group in a number of ways with a single weight.You also will have the freedom to train in a multi-dimensional fashion with a standard Olympic weight.You can incorporate rotational movements as well at movements from varying levels and angles.Just as with Manual Resistance, this is a great tool for anyone who lacks the facilities to complete a traditional training session with a large number of athletes.

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No-Hands / No-Feet Routines:The most unfortunate part of athletics is hands down injuries.In particular when participating in contact sports (football, wrestling, hockey, etc) athletes are at risk of numerous injuries brought on by a number of factors.In combative sports such as football when athletes engage with their hands on every play some form of damage to the hand, wrist, or forearm is almost unavoidable throughout an entire season.Lower leg injuries are also a significant site for injuries, the ankle joint is a commonly injured site on the lower leg.When an injury occurs to the wrist or ankle joint it impairs that athlete’s ability to efficiently weight bear with that particular limb.This can lead to a serious problem in terms of the athlete maintaining strength and muscular size during the most important time of year (in-season).Muscular atrophy (breakdown of muscle) can occur in as little as 48 hours in an athlete; this means that an athlete can suffer great muscular and strength loss in a very short amount of time.As a coach you must realize the importance of continuing to strength train during the season!The greatest mistake that I see at the high school level is when a coach discontinues their strength training program during the season.The second greatest mistake is allowing an athlete to discontinue their training because of an injury to the hand or foot areas.Having a pre-designed no-hand or no-foot routine will greatly help your athlete fight off the negative effects of atrophy.As previously mentioned this is where Manual Resistance can come into play if your facilities do not offer adequate equipment to perform one of these routines.A no-hand routine can be performed with any combination of exercises, the most common being; chest fly, pullover, lateral raise, front raise, posterior deltoid raise, shrug, incline chest fly, external rotation, internal rotation, bicep curl, tricep extension.Each one of the previously mentioned movements can be done using manual resistance, free-weights, or machines.A no-foot routine would commonly include these movements; Adduction (groin), Abduction (outer hip), hip flexion, leg extension, leg curl, high extension, internal rotation of the hip, external rotation of the hip.These movements can be performed using manual resistance or machine as well.

In a perfect world the strength coach will always have a weight room available and a small athlete to coach ratio to work with.This is not always the case, as you know we live in a world that is far from perfect, this leads me to the next couple tricks.

Circuit Training:Obviously circuit training has its down side; weights cannot be changed in a time efficient manner if your athletes are supposed to move from one exercise to another as quickly as possible.I would recommend setting up separate circuits with varying weights based on a group of athlete’s strength level.It is also extremely difficult to spot dozens of athletes at once.However, if you are in a time crunch this training method may be a valuable tool because of its many benefits, such as time efficiency and productivity.Setting up a pre-designed circuit is a great way to keep your athletes moving and elicit a metabolic effect from training.A circuit could include a number of movements and should be designed with safety in mind, if the athlete to coach ratio is not favorable it is important that the coach can effectively monitor each athlete and realize their limitations in spotting.

Super-Setting:Keeping your athletes moving and engaged in their training is a high priority for any strength coach.Using super-sets in your training session is a great way to keep an athlete engaged.For example, if you are performing an upper body routine with a group of 3-4 athletes it could be to the coach’s benefit to have a pre-designed super-set sequence set up with each exercise.With the bench press as an example, one athlete could be performing a band scapular retraction exercise prior to their bench press set, the next athlete is performing their bench press set, following the set the athlete spots the next athlete and then performs a pre-determined abdominal exercise, after that they begin back at the scapular retraction exercise and go through the rotation for the prescribed amount of sets.This allows each athlete to perform important work throughout the entire session and also allows each athlete to have a quality spotter during their set.

As stated prior, some of these training methods are far from perfect.However, if time and/or facilities are an issue these can become valuate training tools that will help your athletes stay strong and HEALTHY!

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