Hot Topic: Beat the Heat - Combat Dehydration
    Recognizing basic signs of dehydration before, during, and after bouts of activity are important to prevent heat-related illness. This article will review three methods to assess hydration levels, signs and symptoms of heat illness, and proper hydration guidelines to maximize performance and prevent illness.
    Hot Topic: Taking Movement Screening a Step Further: Identifying Asymmetries
    Fitness testing, evaluations, and screenings can greatly assist the strength and conditioning coach or clinician in identifying areas of fitness performance that require improvement or maintenance, but can also serve as highly useful tools for identifying possible predispositions to compensatory muscle actions that facilitate poor form and increase risk of injuries.
    Hot Topic: Utilization of Slosh Pipe Training into a Strength and Conditioning Program to Improve all Areas of Training
    Over the last several years, stability training has become a hot topic of the training world. Balls, bands, bamboo bars, strongman equipment, chains, etc. have all been utilized to train the “core.” This article discusses how to make and implement slosh pipes - PVC pipes filled with water.
    Hot Topic: Enhancing Physical Fitness in the Fire Service - A Novel Approach to Exercise Training
    A common barrier to facilitating physical activity is a lack of available exercise equipment at the fire station. This Hot Topic introduces a novel approach to exercise training at the fire station utilizing firefighter equipment (e.g., fire hoses, ladders, etc.).
    Hot Topic: Energy System Training for Athletes
    Metabolic efficiency training is an often-misapplied concept in the strength and conditioning field. By accurately assessing the time and intensity demands of the sport in question as well as the unique needs of each athlete, coaches can better prescribe conditioning programs that are specific to activity and position. This article covers a brief review of exercise metabolism and applications to training that will increase an athlete’s performance on the field or court.
    Hot Topic: Using Back Squat Testing to Predict Lower Body Resistance Exercise Loads
    Progressive overload is commonly understood to be one of the hallmark requirements for resistance training program design. This overload is necessary for muscle and other biomaterial adaptation. This article discusses using back squat testing to predict lower body resistance training exercises.
    Hot Topic: The Role of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) in Weight Loss Programs
    Metabolic rate is not static; it varies throughout the day based on food intake, time of day, and physical activity. Changes in metabolic rate during the post-exercise recovery period following an exercise session have received much attention in both popular and scientific literature. This article provides conclusions about excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).
    Hot Topic: The Practical Utilization of Augmented Eccentric Loading
    Eccentric muscle actions have considerable differences from concentric muscle actions. It has been demonstrated that the neuromuscular system can produce more force in eccentric actions, and at the same time have less electrical activity as measured by electromyography. This article discusses the most common way to apply augmented eccentric loading - through the use of depth jumps.
    Hot Topic: The Application of Individualized Fitness Systems for Cardiovascular Training
    In the design of exercise programs, numerous concepts serve as foundational directives to enhance the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of training. These principles include overload, progression, periodization, dose-response, and rest-recovery. By relying on each of these principles, exercise professionals are guided in their design of effective exercise programs. This article discusses the concept of individualization.
    Hot Topic: Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the Group Setting
    The increasing popularity of the Olympic lifts and their variations, as well as the training of a range of clientele types in the small group format, is pushing the need for broader education regarding the instruction of the lifts.