Archive for August 3, 2009

This Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Seminars, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Youth Training on August 3, 2009 by mboyle1959

First up this week is a piece that came to me from Cal Dietz at the University of Minnesota. It was written by Jay Bylsma, father of the Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma. For those non hockey fans Pittsburgh just won the Stanley Cup under Dan Byslma. I guess here you see one of the reasons why. The apple obviously didn’t fall far from the tree.

So You’re Going to Coach My Grandchild? A Message to Coaches from Jay M. Bylsma should be read by every coach and every parent you interact with. I hope that you will be as moved by the content as I was. Although I don’t know the Bylma’s I’m sure they will be happy we are getting the word out. I would encourage you to make this a parents handout if you have a sports performance business. This article will be handed out to our parents every session. I’m also going to add it to our newsletter and post it here also.

Next up is a piece I have been working on for quite some time. A few weeks ago I published our stretching and mobility circuits with a brief explanation. Circuit Training explains some of the changes I have made in the training of my Boston University hockey players and more importantly, why I made the changes. The content of this article as well as the stretching and mobility circuits is the focus of my new Functional Strength Coach Vol 3, due out in October.

Last up is Strength Coaches and Personal Trainers Unite by Joe Bonyai. Joe is now in the working world but began his writing career for StrengthCoach.com while in graduate school at Springfield College. This is another in a long line of excellent work by Joe.

Video of the Week

Video of the week is the Shoulder Elevated Hip Lift. Recent research by site member Brett Contreras has shown that the shoulder elevated version of the this exercise is possibly the best way to activate and strengthen the glutes. I often refer to this exercise as “the best exercise we never do”. Brett’s influence is going to change that for us. As soon as I am able I will publish Brett’s entire article. It’s worth noting that a bench will work better than a BOSU ( increased stability and increased ROM).

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at www.strengthcoachpodcast.com.  Also make sure you check out www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com. Anthony has archived  a bunch of webinars on the site so you learn any time day or night without ever leaving your house. I think both Nick Tuminello and Charlie Weingroff added webinars last week.

Hope you enjoy the week.

Michael