Category Archives: Training Philosophy

Does it Hurt? by Mike Boyle

Today’s article comes from legendary strength coach Mike Boyle. This just might be my favorite article ever written for strength & conditioning. So simple, but so important. 

I get asked rehab questions all the time. I have rehabilitated athletes in almost every major sport who were told they were “all done” by a doctor or a team trainer. Because people know my background, they often ask for advice.

Most of the time they ignore the advice because the advice does not contain the answer they want. They say “it only hurts when I run”, I say things like “don’t run”.

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Considerations in Athletic Performance Enhancement Training: The High School Athlete

Today’s article is a guest blog by Rob Panariello. Rob is a regular contributor to this site and many of my readers highly value his wisdom and expertise. This article pertains to the training of the high school athlete. 

Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York

Throughout my 30+ years of practice in the related professional fields of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Athletic Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes, I have been witness to numerous senseless injuries that have occurred to the high school athlete as a result of their participation in a prescribed athletic enhancement training program. In addition to the experiences of my career, my belief is also based on the fact that my partners and I presently own and operate 17 physical therapy facilities, which also include 18 High School contracts. Therefore, it’s no surprise we rehabilitate a significantly high volume of injured high school athletes. Unfortunately, a significant number of these athletes walk though our doors as a result of their participation in an athletic performance enhancement training program.

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120 Tips on Strength Training for Women

For six months I’ve been taking notes while training my female clients, and I’m finally comfortable with the list. Here are 120 tips on strength training for women (many aren’t really tips, just observations). Please understand that I intend no disrespect or offense, I’m not trying to be controversial, I’m aware that I could be wrong in some cases, and obviously I’ve made broad generalizations and there are many exceptions to this list. My primary intent is to inform other trainers and coaches about my observations – it’s likely that your observations will differ from mine. Here they are separated into four categories:

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Enough With the Coaching Cues! (But Here are Some of My Favorites)

Today’s article is a guest-blog from Derrick Blanton. Derrick is a big thinker and I love learning about his thought-process. It’s very important for coaches to understand that many of our clients don’t process the cues the way that we intend them to. Here are some of Derrick’s thoughts pertaining to coaching cues.

Enough With the Coaching Cues! (But Here are Some of My Favorites)
By Derrick Blanton

Lately I’ve noticed that the times, they are a changin’. Perhaps fueled by the emergence of Crossfit, as well as the growing internet strength training community, untrained civilians are getting off the treadmill, and wandering over to the weight room. This is a good thing!

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