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Coach, Squats Hurt My Knees

This age old argument yet again surfaced one day while training some young athletes in the youth conditioning class at the gym.  Squatting hurts your knees!  Of course it does, you shouldn’t ever do squats they tear your legs apart muscle fiber by muscle fiber, and for assuredly they have to be bad for you. “Coach, these squats are hurting my knees!” Kyle said, while rubbing his left knee.  Kyle was a big kid for his age.  At only 13[…]

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The Quest for More Mass: Bigger Lifts Equal Bigger Bodies

Allen Little and Johnny Heft were blasting their way through another rough set of bench pressing with Jay Cutler’s new Massive Chest Training program.   Over the past few weeks with Kevin’s new secret formula for gaining mass they added another inch to both their arms and chests and they were feeling good.  But as with every lifter they wanted more bang for their buck.  They were lagging behind on their other body parts and starting to look a little out[…]

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The Quest for Size for the Young Athlete

Allen Little and Johnny Heft were two young lifters in search of the perfect program that would make them huge and ripped for football.  Like most young athletes they found that bench presses and bicep curls left there chest and arms tired, but after about six weeks the gains they initially had stopped cold. “Dude, what could we be missing,” Allen stared at his biceps after an intense set of EZ-Bar curls. “I don’t know,” Johnny said, finishing his last[…]

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Your Sport Specific Training is [email protected]

John Twirt and Matt Clod were two young hockey players with dreams of playing pro. Their parents supported their desires with year-long hockey programs, along with the endless ice time and hockey camps, one after another. Everything was going fine until they reached a certain level of play.  Their troubles began in PeeWee where they were constantly getting hurt from minor injuries and they were gassed after practice.  One of their coaches, Sean Notsofar noticed their skills needed some work[…]

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Stop Feeding the FAT: Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes

Nutrition for Young Athletes “So let’s talk about food for a minute kids!” “What about it?  I hate food.  Food makes you fat!” “What…!” This was  a paraphrase of a conversation I had with a young athlete the other day in utter need of some words of wisdom in regarding food choices and nutrient selection. The problem with much of today’s youth regarding weight issues or lack of performance is multi-faceted and centers around their daily intake of quality nutrients[…]

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Kickass Youth Training – The Dividing Line in Youth Athletic Success

Just the other day Curd and I were chatting about different levels of motivation of different people and all of a sudden realized that those who get it, I mean really get the “why” in training are those who have to work their asses off to get better.  You see it’s not the athletes that have an easy time with their journey in sports and athletic endeavors that really see the big picture when it comes to strength and conditioning. […]

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screen time is ruining our fitness

Screen Time is Ruining Our Fitness

We spend way too much time in front of the television and other electronic devices.  Studies and reports on the obsession with the younger generations “screen devices” proves it, says Lily Rothman of Time magazine.  But don’t rely on the statistics from some obtuse government agency or random study.  Just look at how much television we as adults watch to determine how it’s ruining our fitness and health.   The Pot and the Kettle Believe me I’m no different from[…]

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squats and youth training

Squats Are A Waste of Time

Sweat drips down the back of your neck and along the furrows of your panicked brow.  The vein running along your upper forehead pulses with effort as you descend down into the depths of the unknown, the heavy bar digging deep into your traps as you squeeze out another rep.  What a joke!  I don’t even know why people squat anymore!  I mean they rip your knee joints apart and destroy your low back muscles.  They’re very difficult to learn[…]

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Top Conditioning Exercises for Youth Athletes

Top Six Conditioning Exercises for Youth Athletes

So there we were, panting on the floor, gasping for air.  Our heart and lungs felt like they were on fire!  Our legs were gooey and felt like melted candle wax and our upper back muscles gave out quiet little spasms as they flexed and relaxed under duress of the intense conditioning session we just performed. This is how it feels to push your body to the max and grind through endless rounds of high intensity physical efforts.  It’s not[…]

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Hostyle Youth Conditioning Preventing knee injuries in squats and jumps

Youth Conditioning – Prevent Knee Injuries in Youth Athletics

Younger athletes need a foundational level of skills in both the squat and proper technique in jumping mechanics to avoid knee injuries.  It sounds quite simple, but many younger athletes have trouble performing these basic moves which could help save their knees from a lifetime of pain and knee injury. Today the focus of our coaching is to try and correct one of the most common errors in squatting and jumping technique.  Valgus collapse, essentially when the knees come together[…]

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