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 […]

Why Train In-Season?: Strength and Power Gains

Hopefully by now, you’ve read about the signs and reversal of overtraining. Now let’s look at why and how to train intelligently in-season. A well-designed in-season program should a) prevent overtraining and b) improve strength and power (for younger/inexperienced athletes) or maintain strength and power (older/more experienced lifters). First off, why even bother training during the season? 1. Athletes will be stronger at the end of the season (arguably the most important part) than they were at the beginning (and stronger than their non-training competition). 2. Off-season training gains will be much easier to acquire. The first 4 weeks or so of off-season training won’t be “playing catch-up” from all the strength lost during a long season bereft of iron. […]

A Prerequisite to Lifting Heavy Weights

Ahhh how exciting, my first blog post as a coach at SAPT. I’ve got my cup of coffee, The Best Around playing on loop and I’ll be doing hip mobilities throughout writing this blog entry. Why? Because The Best Around was originally supposed to be for a Rocky III montage, but was replaced by Eye of the Tiger and I think Joe Esposito deserves more credit for the inspiration it brings…. Why am I doing the hip mobilities every 30 minutes while at a desk? Easy, because I want to squat later. Mobility: A Prerequisite to Lifting Heavy Weights If you’re reading this blog, then it’s obvious you want to get strong, build muscle, and improve fitness in each and […]