“Jeff Connors’ Strength & Conditioning Clinics”
Registration is now open for the Jeff Connors’ Strength & Conditioning Clinic scheduled for Saturday, February 17th. I attended Coach Connors’ clinic in 2015. It was a fantastic event at which I was able to see Coach Connors, Al Johnson, Mike Gentry, and Ethan Reeve present. I also got to enjoy some delicious Eastern North Carolina BBQ with the attendees. 🙂 After attending the 2015 clinic, I read Coach Connors’ Strength Coach: A Call to Serve, an enjoyable and enlightening read.
In 2016, I was unable to attend, as I was already registered to attend the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute (a great learning experience in its own right) in Alexandria, Virginia with my Empower Personalized Fitness coworkers. In 2017, I was unable to attend, as I was transitioning between jobs. Sadly, I will likely be unable to attend this year’s event, as I may not be able to make the necessary arrangements at relatively short notice, particularly with me living in faraway Northern Illinois. But if you can make this year’s event, I don’t believe that you will be disappointed. Coach Connor’s put on a great event in 2015 and he has had respected speakers in each of the subsequent years. If you are interested in attending the 2018 Strength & Conditioning Clinic, you can get further information by clicking on the link above. Perhaps I will see you there. 😉
Congratulations (albeit belatedly) to the Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the NCAA National Championship over the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23 in a thrilling overtime win on Monday, January 8th. Keep your chin up, Bulldog fans. It looks like your team will contend for some time to come.
“Certification – 8 Weeks Out”
Last year I purchased Joel Jamieson’s Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach Course. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked after getting started on the course and ended the year without having completed it. Now, here in 2018, I am back to studying the materials. I must say that I am impressed with what I have seen so far. It is clear that Joel wants the viewer to understand the science behind conditioning without feeling the need to overwhelm the viewer with more detail than is necessary to understand the principles behind effective conditioning practices.
As I see it, the great thing about this particular course is that the information can be applied to both athletes and the general population. As a sport performance coach/personal trainer/fitness specialist, I have taken courses and attended lectures and workshops that were geared to a specific population. That is understandable and it certainly makes sense when you consider that each population has specific needs and requirements when it comes to training. However, if the human being is basically a biological machine, it stands to reason that we all share certain basic traits as human beings. I would argue that our similarities vastly outweigh any individual differences. That is what allows fitness and sport performance professionals to work with a variety of individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds, and with a variety of goals and needs. Much as a well-trained and experienced auto mechanic can work on a variety of cars and trucks, so can a well-trained and experienced fitness/sport performance professional work with a variety of individuals. The specifics are important and it appears that this course will address those specifics. But it also appears to provide the necessary grounding in the science and practical considerations for working to address any conditioning need. To say that I am looking forward to completing this course is an understatement.
It should be noted that I did not sign up for this course to complete any continuing education requirements for certification renewal. It is my understanding that this course has not been pre-approved for any continuing education units. That is not surprising, as the course is marketed as a certification. I am less motivated by the desire to earn another credential, than I am by the opportunity to learn and strengthen my knowledge as it relates to conditioning. With that being said, I will be proud to earn the Bioforce Certified Conditioning coach credential, as I respect Coach Jamieson’s knowledge in this area and his contribution to the field.
To learn more about this course and to get on the “free Insider’s List” so that you can “save $200 on the certification when it opens again on February 26th, 2018,” click on the link above. Here is hoping that 2018 is a year of learning. 😉
“21 Nonsensical Fitness Contradictions”
“Many coaches and trainers like to say that the word functional is a meaningless fitness buzzword because it means different things to different people. Yet, the word strength also means different things to different people, but no one says it’s a meaningless term.” — Nick Tumminello
Above is a link to an article by Nick Tumminello outlining some of the illogical statements that sometimes get bandied about in health, fitness, and sport performance circles. Coach Tumminello excels at logically examining a position or statement and pointing out the contradictions contained therein. But he is not simply a contrarian; content to merely skewer someone’s sacred cow. He also educates and produces materials in an effort to improve the field. Take a few minutes to read this article and eliminate some of these contradictions from your message in the new year.
Congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning the 2017 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers by winning the decisive game 7. Also, congratulations to Gun Runner and Florent Geroux for winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic in Del Mar, California. You can see video of Gun Runner’s performance here (http://content.jwplatform.com/videos/4k55KIeQ-tuGURZyo.mp4).
Arrogate, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, was unable to match the performance that enabled him to defeat California Chrome last year at Santa Anita Park, but he finishes his career with over 17 million dollars in earnings. You can see video of Arrogate’s performance last year here (http://content.jwplatform.com/videos/6dLinu0T-L36BsZ6K.mp4).
If you want to watch American Pharoah, the most recent Triple Crown winner, win the 2015 Breeder’s Cup Classic at Keeneland Race Course you can see the video here (http://content.jwplatform.com/videos/JMMQRLwJ-q77L8Cy2.mp4). 😉
“Using Data to Inform Decisions and Drive Athlete Intent”
Above is a link to the seventh video in the Smart Speed and Power Training with Mike Young video series from Fusion Sport. In this seventh video Mike describes how a coach can use data from a timing system like those from Fusion Sport to motivate the athlete to put forth the necessary effort and to confirm to the coach that he or she is getting the desired performance from the athlete during the training to ensure that there will be the desired training effect.
Click the link above to watch the video and while you are at the Fusion Sport Web site be sure to check out any of the six preceding videos in the series that you may have missed.
“Varying Starting Positions for Speed Sessions”
Above is a link to the sixth video in the Smart Speed and Power Training with Mike Young video series from Fusion Sport. In this sixth video Mike provides some examples of various starting positions that can be used to teach / train the mechanics of acceleration. While I am not a proponent of variety just for the sake of variety, that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize the value of variety so far as keeping athletes mentally engaged in their training. By having an athlete work on acceleration from a variety of starting positions, the athlete is less likely to be bored with starting from the same position day in and day out while also providing the athlete with valuable non-verbal, intrinsic feedback. I have used these various starting positions with athletes that I have coached and I can vouch for their effectiveness.
Click the link above to watch the video and while you are at the Fusion Sport Web site be sure to check out any of the five preceding videos in the series that you may have missed.