Category Archives for "Athletic Performance"

Best Practices When Coaching Young Athletes with Missy Mitchell-McBeth – The Barbell Life 405

On this special episode of The Barbell Life Podcast, Coach Mash discusses High School Strength and Conditioning with Coach Missy Mitchell-McBeth. In the wake of Coach Harrell from Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, TX, sending multiple young athletes to the emergency room with Rhabdomyolysis, aka Rhabdo, a severe medical condition caused by damaged muscle releasing more proteins and electrolytes than the body can handle, especially the kidneys and heart. Rhabdo can result in permanent damage and even death.

The kids were asked to perform somewhere between 300-400 pushups as punishment during a conditioning class. That means there was more to the class than simply a massive number of pushups. This was held on January 6th, which is right when the students report back to class after the holidays. So much for a minimal effective dose!

It’s not the coach. It’s the system. We have to do better. Every year kids die at practice due to negligence, and no one says anything. Well, we did, and now you have the information.

Here’s what we talked about:

  • We talk about the incident and all the things that went wrong
  • We discuss some best practices that could prevent this from happening
  • We each give our thoughts on ways to improve the system
  • Healthy ways to strengthen, develop, and condition athletes
  • What does the research say versus what our experience says
  • So much more!

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Accentuated Eccentric Loading (AEL) with Tim Suchomel -The Barbell Life 404

Ok, we are back from a slight layoff for the holidays. We are starting 2023 out big with Episode 404, “Accentuated Eccentric Loading (AEL) to Improve Power Production and Rate,” with my friend Dr. Tim Suchomel, Associate Professor of Exercise Science at Carroll University and Program Director for Master of Science in Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching, so all of you coaches and athletes out there that love getting the most cutting-edge research before everyone else is going to get precisely what you are after.

Here’s a glimpse at this nugget-loaded show:

  • Accentuated Eccentric Loading (AEL) is all the craze, so now find out what the research is saying
  • Best practices for Weight Releasers, and one of my favorite methods, by the way
  • Improving an Athlete’s Rate of Force Development is what most Strength Coaches are after, and Dr. Suchomel will give you some research-backed ways to do just that
  • Using Dumbbells to Accentuate the Eccentric Load for Jumps and what the research says
  • His thoughts on Flywheels after performing the research
  • We go over all the ways to get athletes powerful and how to create that power as quickly as possible

I can think of a few instances where this information will come in handy, haha. This Professor is one of us, meaning he performs research and applies the findings to the athletes at his school. He’s in the trenches and slings barbells like the rest of us. You all should get to know this guy before the whole world realizes what a gem he is.

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Tools for Optimizing Performance and Recovery With Louisa Nicola – The Barbell Life 403

This week on the Barbell Life Podcast, we are talking to NeuroPhysiologist Louisa Nicola, host of The Neuro Experience Podcast and Founder of Neuro Athletics.

Here are some of the amazing points she covered:

Regarding Sleep:

  1. Consistent sleep at the same time
  2. How much time should you get per night
  3. What’s the best time to go to sleep
  4. Best Supplements for Sleep
  5. What’s the best room temperature
  6. Best Practices

Nutrition:

  1. What’s important for the brain
  2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are great for the brain, and she explains why
  3. Importance of Hydration and the specifics

Exercise:

  1. Why is Strength Training important for the brain?
  2. Myokines, what they are, and why they are important
  3. Truth about Lactate
  4. What are Neuroprotective proteins
  5. BDNF importance
  6. Endurance training versus Strength Training

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The Latest Methods and Why – The Barbell Life 401

This week’s look at the science of possible adaptations to the different methods within an athletic performance program is going to be an ongoing series to teach coaches the multiple adaptations that are possible.

This week, I discuss:

  • The Principle of Specificity
  • Each Bar Velocity comes with its own set of Adaptations
  • Each Type of External Resistance (Typical Bar Weight, Bands, Chains, etc.) comes with its own set of Adaptations
  • Each Muscular Contraction (Concentric/Shortening, Eccentric/Lengthening, and Isometric/Static) comes with its own set of Adaptations. (Spoiler Alert: I bet you aren’t optimally utilizing the possible adaptations)
  • You will learn the key to optimizing your athletic performance training is
    1. Understanding the demands of the athlete’s particular sport
    2. Understanding the individual’s current athletic qualities
    3. Then setting the priorities for the individual
  • Finally, I will teach you how to program for the individual in a group setting. P.S. it’s not as hard as you might think

If you listen carefully and take notes, this podcast could put you on the road to becoming a great athletic performance coach. I can promise that 99% of the coaches have a set program they have used for years without ever considering the principles you will learn about in this podcast.

No, you can’t just lift heavy weights, get stronger, and expect all athletic qualities to improve mysteriously. Luckily, it’s not hard to make a few changes that will lead to extraordinary results.

Want to train using the latest methods optimized for performance? Check out the Grim Reaper Weightlifting Strong Edition to learn how!

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A Revolutionary Look at Sports Training with Tony Holler – The Barbell Life 400

This week on The Barbell Life Podcast, we talk to Coach Tony Holler about a revolutionary way of looking at not only football practice but all sporting practices. He takes science and common sense and blends them into an obvious change that needs to take place in sports practices around the world.

Here’s a bit of what to expect:

  • The Wave Theory and how it is revolutionizing sporting practices all over the world
  • If the best high school football players experience 10 minutes of total go time, what should that mean for practice?
  • Why it’s a bad idea to crush athletes during practice
  • What does the concept ‘low density but high output’ mean
  • Positivity should rule practice, but how?
  • High Output waved with Fundamental days and what’s in each
  • Why conditioning doesn’t help with the 4th Quarter
  • If you can run 22 mph, then 19mph is easy all game long
  • Why should coaches let the game be the hardest day of the week
  • Importance of Speed in Reserve
  • If kids love the game, the coaches, and practice, they will do whatever it takes on Friday.
  • Playing football creates more capacity.
  • Sample speed work: 10 – 40yd dashes for time unless time drops and then cut it.
  • Championship Sleep minimum of 8 but optimal 10
  • Alan Bishop told him about Eat Like a Man for Nutrition
  • Punishment #1 a look of disapproval
  • Punishment #2 Remove work aka practice
  • What does “Feed the Cats” really mean?

Want to optimize performance for you and your athletes? Check out Bar Speed to learn how!

THE BARBELL LIFE IS SPONSORED BY:

American-made strength equipment manufacturer providing the best quality, best value, best support & best people so you can build a better athlete.

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