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Improve Lower Body Power with the Jump-X System

To be strong and exert maximal force is one thing – to be powerful is another.

If you recall from physics, biomechanics or exercise physiology, POWER is the rate of doing work and is the product of force and velocity (P = F x v)….

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Improving Speed and Explosiveness

There is old but common adage in sports – speed kills!

Every coach has said at one time or another, “He/she is just not fast enough”. Or, they may have said, “He/she is just not explosive enough”.  Either statement usually refers to acceleration or top-end…

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The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD

 

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going…

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You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe: training the lower body

By Joe Eisenmann, PhD
“You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.”

“Don’t build on sand.”

“Build the foundation of the house before you put up the walls.”
In the context of athletics, these analogies highlight the importance of lower body strength as a foundation to athletic performance….

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The Platform: Beyond Weightlifting – the Integration of Plyometrics and Variable Resistance Loading

The lifting platform, like the rack, is a staple in most weight rooms. The platform provides a dedicated space for the deadlift and the Olympic weightlifting movements (clean, jerk press, and snatch) and their derivatives (clean high pull, jump shrug, etc.). These platforms are…

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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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Basketball Conditioning: Converting Existing Lifting Platforms to Jump Training Stations

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Basketball conditioning has always emphasized some of aspect of vertical training to improve jumping ability.  Although the long-term goal of the individual is to ‘dunk’ the basketball, many times the ability to leave the earth by just a few…

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Converting Existing Lifting Platforms to Plyometric Stations

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Concepts and equipment within the landscape of the weight room change constantly, unfortunately the budgets associated with most weight rooms, don’t.  Adding resources not only for better training, but also to support large teams and diverse physical education (PE)…

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Two-Leg versus One-Leg Plyometric Applications: Is one better?

By Dan Hutchison, MS, ATC, CSCS

Training intensity and progressions are two areas of high importance that we will expound upon in later posts to better guide coaches in developing plyometric programs or individual sessions.  It is often understood that progressions should always follow a…

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