• NSCA Webinars
    Are You Mentally Tough or Stupid?
    This webinar focuses on the pre-training for challenging Special Operations type selection programs such as United States Navy’s Sea, Air, Land Teams (SEAL), Special Forces (SF), Air Force Pararescue (PJ), Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), etc. Many candidates injure themselves, or even worse, kill themselves, preparing for these type of training programs—especially those that require water, underwater swimming, or scuba diving skills.
    4 for 4: Four Biomechanical Patterns (That Cause Injury) and Four Techniques to Fix Them
    According to the research and teachings of Vladimir Janda, tactical facilitators can break the body down into four segments. These four segments are responsible for most of the faulty biomechanics and altered firing patterns that cause pain, dysfunction, and ultimately, injury. This webinar will explore what these four segments are and provide four techniques that coaches and facilitators can use to improve the performance of all of their athletes. Whether picking up spine boards, pulling a hose, or carrying a weapon, this webinar will provide “simple tools” to get it done safely and effectively.
    A Sensible Review of Recovery and Performance
    Drug abuse has been a mainstay of performance enhancement among elite athletes. In a quest to develop and implement additional measures to enhance performance, recovery methods have become important adjuncts to traditional training. There are various recovery methods with limited scientific justification, limited success, and many profit-motivated claims. I would like to help coaches, athletes, and administrators take a sensible look at recovery by providing an organized conceptual framework, information that can help evaluate claims, and some demonstrated and promising modalities.
    Immediate Application: Caffeinated Drinks and Explosive Exercise
    The session answers frequently asked questions regarding caffeinated drinks and explosive resistance exercise. Topics will include mechanisms of action, mental versus physical stimulation, safety, dose, sex differences, the effects of habituation, magnitude of performance enhancement, and accidental discoveries.
    Carbohydrates and Intense Training: No, Low, or Go?
    The field of performance nutrition is intensively divided by the subject’s of carbohydrate intakes and demands. Examination of the evidence base reveals: 1) very few studies have been conducted among trained athletes, comparing chronic low vs. moderate-high carbohydrate intakes and their impact on performance and body composition; 2) very few studies have been conducted among resistance trained athletes, evaluating carbohydrate demands; and 3) dietary carbohydrate sources differ dramatically in their absorption/disposal rates (e.g., glycemic index bears no relevance to the “speed” of a carbohydrate source). Take an evidence-based journey into the world of carbohydrate demands in strength/power and intermittent/endurance athletes.
    Building Your Business: Selling is Not Selling Out
    Being a good personal trainer does not ensure that you will have clients. You need to be able to sell the benefits and achievable results of using your services in order to build your business. Selling, for many, may bring to mind car salesmen, infomercials, and telemarketers. This can create a mindset for trainers that selling makes them somehow less honest or acting in their own self interest when trying to get someone to purchase a program. In fact, we all sell every day and enjoy it. When we recommend where to eat, which movie to watch, what book to read, we are selling. Learn how to make the act of selling personal training programs a natural, positive experience for you and your potential client. Build your business by helping others, and help them by getting them to commit to your program.
    Five Movements and the Order of Learning
    Strength training can be very complicated, but it should not be complicated at all. Basically, there are five human movements (push, pull, hinge, squat, and carries) and a sixth movement of “everything else,” but mostly groundwork. There are two overlooked areas of most people’s training philosophy: regressions and program measurement. Using some very simple tools, it is easy to see whether or not the program is working. If your program improves on simple tests, the program is working.
    The 8 Myths of Movement
    If you work with athletes in any context, you ultimately have one singular purpose: to assist the athlete in enhancing his/her performance where it counts, which is where it is played. At the very core of this performance lie the movements performed by the human body during the execution of the sporting tasks and endeavors. Thus, as training professionals, the purpose of our work should be the optimization of those movements. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of false information on how to most effectively follow through on this objective which has been perpetuated throughout the industry for years. This webinar will face those myths head on and attempt to bust them once and for all while also offering solutions to some of the most common movement problems that exist in training and sport circles.
    Training Differences Between Men and Women
    A men's program to gain muscle may not be well suited for a woman, much like a woman's program may address key aspects which is not of most interest for men. Does it stop there, or are there other differences to consider between the genders? This webinar will look at the anatomical, endocrinological and programming differences between men and women, and show easy to implement practical guidelines and suggestions to get the best out of your male and female clients.
    Using Athlete Fitness Testing Data to Create Prescriptions for Soccer
    Coaches commonly make fitness testing part of their training programs. There are many tests that can be used to assess the current status of the participant in specific fitness categories. Typically, results are compared to past scores, athletes of similar levels, or to norms that have been found in the scientific literature. A more direct use of these data, however, is to use subject-specific results to inform subject-specific training programs. During this webinar, practical examples will be provided in which subject-specific exercise prescriptions are used to train elite youth soccer players within a periodized model.