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    What is the Scientific Basis of Speed and Agility
    Why do various training protocols work more than others? What is happening “behind-the-scenes” of speed and agility development? Dr. Bruce Craig discusses the adaptations that take place for the central nervous system to accommodate accordingly. These adaptations are what lead to enhanced speed and agility development.
    Training Considerations for a Fitness Challenge
    In this article, Steve Rhyan provides training considerations for such fitness challenges. He discusses the importance of (relative) strength, power, and anaerobic conditioning to the successful completion of the event and wraps it all up with program design recommendations.
    Conditioning for Combative and Defensive Tactics
    Combat calls for more than maximum strength. At times, close combat can last for more than 3 min, so it is imperative that tactical operators include conditioning into their training programs to be prepared for all possible scenarios. Chris Mooney offers a program that consists of training three days per week to enhance conditioning levels for combat readiness.
    How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers
    In this article, author Doug Jackson defines the concept of self-efficacy and explains how it impacts exercise behavior. Interestingly, exercise itself also improves self-efficacy. Jackson wraps up the article with related, practical tips that personal trainers can use with their clients to increase exercise adherence and achievement of specific personal fitness goals.
    Importance of Fitness and Firefighter Heart Health
    Heart attacks are known to be the leading cause of death in the firefighting community. Get a deeper look at some tips from John Hofman that may reduce the likeliness of heart disease in firefighters.
    NCAA Acknowledges NSCA’s Effort for Raised Certification Standards
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Acknowledges the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Effort to Raise the Certification Standards
    Prescreening for the Personal Trainer
    We all know that exercise is a key component to health but it is inherently risky. In this article, Ed McNeely provides you with the four steps every client should complete before working out with a personal trainer.
    Anaerobic Conditioning: Training the Three Energy Systems
    This article offers information on the three bioenergetic systems - the ATP-PC system, the glycolytic system, and the oxidative system - and how to train them appropriately for performance. With this knowledge, the reader will be able to prepare an athlete with the conditioning foundation needed to succeed in their sport.
    Training Ideas for Group Physical Training
    Physical training for the military has been largely composed of body weight and aerobic training; however, this type of training is not appropriate for preparing tactical athletes for the physical demands of their work tasks. This article provides tactical athletes with a new perspective on how to include strength and power movements into a group training program.
    Basic Training Concepts for Improved Operational Fitness
    The tactical athlete must train in an appropriate manner for his or her job, one that does not include training individual muscles in isolation. This article is recommended reading because it provides a basic understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of training.