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Tools of the Trade: Trak-Rak

The barbell is arguably the single most important tool when it comes to strength training.  However, the centerpiece of most weight rooms is the ‘rack’.   These metal cages were originally developed to serve as a mechanical spotter for heavy loads during squatting and hence…

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The Wall-mounted Trak-X™ system: Insight from the University of Michigan

As mentioned in a previous blog The Evolution of the Lifting Platform the Perform-X Trak-X system is being implemented into the inlaid platform of several high school, college and professional weight rooms across the country.

However, this customized metal strip that allows for safe and…

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A Checklist for Designing Strength and Conditioning Programs

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD

In my role here at Perform-X, I get a chance to ‘coach the coaches’ and also learn from them.  These coaches range from volunteer high school coaches with little educational background in strength and conditioning to well-educated and certified strength and…

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The Anatomy of a Perform-X Training Session

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

How do you design and “flow” your training session? Do you write out the workout on the whiteboard or hand out a workout card and let the athletes have free reign of the weight room for an hour? Or…

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Basketball Conditioning: Run, Jump, Pass, Shoot and Play Defense

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Athletic development in the sport of basketball involves more than practicing shooting and playing games.  The coach and athlete will both have longer careers if emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of athletic development that are adhered to on…

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Strength integration for the beginner, advanced and rehab athlete

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD and Dan Hutchinson MS, ATC, CSCS

Muscular strength is an important factor in athletic performance and injury prevention – and many strength coaches argue that it is the basis of movement. Likewise, most athletic directors, coaches, and sports medicine staff understand…

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Developing an Integrated Sports Performance Program = Philosophy, Facility, & Flow

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD
The days of showing up at the start of the season and “getting into shape” are long gone. Today’s athlete needs to be stronger, faster, and more explosive to keep up with the competition and to stay injury free. Although middle…

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3 Essential Movements for Young Athlete Development

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Human movement patterns are established the minute we begin to ambulate.  Crawling, sitting, standing, walking, etc., all require practice and a little incentive instruction. Mostly, these patterns are learned through the process of trial and error, as well as…

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The Future of High School Weight Rooms

 

 

The days of small, grungy weight rooms with rusted barbells or outdated Universal machines that only the most committed athletes dared step foot into, are becoming obsolete.  The forefront of high school sports performance is breaking ground throughout the country with the help of…

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