Rate of Force Development: What It Is and Why You Should Care

No, sorry, this is not a post on how to become a Jedi by increasing your rate of using the Force. Shucks. The Rate of Force Development (RFD) we’re going to talk about is that of muscles and is *kinda* important (read: essential to athletic performance). Today’s post will enlighten you as to what RFD is and why one should pay attention to it. Next post will be how to train to increase RFD. So grab something delightful to munch on (preferably something that enhances brain function, like berries.) Caveat: There is a lot of information and other stuff that I’m not putting into this post, sorry, this is just a basic overview of why RFD is important for everyone. What is RFD? It is a […]

Strength Training for Youths: Post-Puberty

Last post delved into training strategies for kids pre-puberty. Today we’ll discuss weight training suggestions for kids after they’ve hit puberty. As I stated before, the American Pediatric Association states that puberty starts around 8-13 (girls) and 10-14 (boys). While a 10 year-old girl might be at the same sexual maturity as a 16 year-old girl, physically, mentally, and emotionally, they’re vastly different. Therefore, I’m not going to train a 10 year-old the same as I do a 16 year-old. So what’s different? To be perfectly honest: not much. The same principles of training youths apply across the age span. 1. Address and improve movement quality 2. Improve body awareness, muscular control, and coordination 3. Progressively overload (add weight or increase the […]

Strength Training For Referees: The Other Side of Athletics

Lift. Heavy. Things. That’s a shocker, right? But seriously, strength training regularly is exactly what refs and umpires need to stay in tip-top shape and last through the last second of the game. Weak referees tire, fall behind, and are not a metaphoric coursing river. The physical demands of referees, at least the ones who run around with the athletes, do not deviate much from what is required of the athletes themselves. And those judges/refs who don’t run around, you should still lift heavy things as a general rule for conquering life. The basis of all movements (including standing during a whole match) is strength. Does your back get achey towards the end of the match? Prevention lies in the iron: Granted, […]