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Reverse Pendulum Exercise (Including Medicine Ball Twister Variation)

January 28, 2019

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This Kinetic Select excerpt from Developing the Core describes how to perform the medicine ball twist variation as a rotational core movement.

Personal trainers TSAC Facilitators Coaches Exercise Technique Program design Developing the Core Core Med ball Variation Reverse Pendulum Exercise

Variation in Week Plan Content Across Three Phases of Training

July 1, 2016

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Identify methods of prioritization and individualization within the training week plans to make training specific for individual athletes within the team setting. In this session from the NSCA’s 2016 National Conference, Ashley Jones explains how to design effective week plans for each of three major phases of a training year, and describes the format and content of key training areas of speed, strength, and fitness within each training phase.

Coaches Program design Power training periodized training plan periodization speed training

The Landmine Press—Implementation and Variation

April 1, 2016

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One method that is becoming increasingly popular for building strength, stability, and power in the shoulder joint is the use of barbells attached to a stable base known as a “landmine.”

Coaches Exercise Technique Program design strength training shoulder stability landmine press shoulder strength

7 Line Drills to Improve Agility

May 1, 2017

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Line drills can be an excellent way for athletes to improve their footwork, speed, and coordination. This article contains examples of several easy-to-implement line drills.

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Principle-Based Program Design—A Practical, Step-By-Step Guide

April 1, 2015

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Although most resources on program design review the foundational scientific principles of training, they often fail to provide practical strategies that strength and conditioning professionals need in order to apply these principles successfully. To help bridge the gap between science and application, this article provides a simple and practical, step-by-step system for applying the scientific principles of training into the program design process.

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Exercise Technique Bundle CEU Quiz

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This continuing education opportunity explores a variety of topics as they pertain to exercise technique. To earn your CEUs, it will be necessary to review several articles and pass a 50-question quiz. Please note: this quiz awards 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours).

Six Essentials to Safe Participation

May 1, 2017

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Hydration, footwear, and exercise frequency are only a few of the essentials to safe participation in cardiovascular activity. Make sure to include all six essentials in your program to ensure safe participation.

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Understanding Inter-Individual Responses to Exercise

December 11, 2020

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This article briefly describes how individuals can have the same training program, but have large fluctuations in the adaptation responses due to genetic and life style factors.

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Global Positioning System

March 4, 2022

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This excerpt from the NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science, discusses some of the benefits and validity of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) data.

Coaches Program design Professional Development GPS Frequency Velocity Acceleration Software Hardware

Shift-Based Program Scheduling for Firefighters

April 1, 2016

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There is no argument that periodization is successful, and that different models can be applied with success in different fashions. The question of how shift work really affects a periodized program—more specifically firefighter shift work—is less clear.

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