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Articles & Videos You Should See 5-4-12

I know it’s been a while since I put one of these up, so I figured it’s time. The following are some excellent articles and videos from around the internet regarding training, nutrition, & sports performance.

Articles

Deadlift or Squat: What’s the Diff? – This is an interesting article by coach Michael Boyle on how the line between squats and deadlifts has blurred. Also a little bit of a shameless plug as I was with Michael when he was working on this article and demonstrated the Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (cough*third video*cough).


50 Tips for Fat Loss – Charles Poliquin is one of the greats in the industry and does an excellent job compiling information & research into concise articles. There’s a quote I am fond of that I feel describes this quite well – “A great surgeon invents an operation only he can do. A truly great surgeon invents an operation that everyone can do.” The idea of taking the complex and making it simple is a difficult art, however Charles excels at it.


A Complaint Free World – I am interested to see where Dr. E is at right now with his goal to goal 21 days without complaining. If it works, I’m going to buy one for myself and every athlete I work with. 21 days without hearing a complaint? I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.


101 Tips for Being a Great General Manager – Coach Boyle makes a second appearance on the list (mainly because I couldn’t find the original source). Many of the tips have carryover from managing a business to simply managing relationships. Whether they are professional, personal, or other, relationships fail if you take them for granted.


The Story of Me and Food – Speaking of relationships, this piece comes from a friend of mine, Katie Sullivan. She is an amazing young woman I had the pleasure of getting to know during college and is currently an NPC Bikini Athlete…and oh yeah, going to freaking LAW SCHOOL. Holy crap, if you want to learn from a smart person who knows the importance of time management, look no further. This piece is more for women and coaches who work with female athletes, as image issues are a very real and troubling problem that some studies say affect up to 8 million Americans annually (90% of which are women).


PJF Performance Random Facts – Another close friend of mine, P.J. Fabritz, is a young, intelligent and passionate strength coach who wrote this interesting piece (albeit lighthearted). If you don’t know him yet, don’t be surprised to see his name coming up more often.

Videos

Bridge Rollouts – I was going to just post the YouTube link, but Ben Bruno does an excellent job describing the exercise and what’s going on. Ben’s limitless creativity never ceases to amaze me and I look forward to trying these out.


Hakeem Olajuwon Scoring Skills – This was in Bill Simmons most recent article and after viewing it, I was reminded why I love basketball. The Dream Shake with the up & under made Hakeem one of the three greatest centers of all time in my mind. Not to mention, the guy is 7 feet tall and moves that smoothly! My start in coaching was with the Coconino High School Boys Basketball Team in Flagstaff, AZ and there are a few athletes I worked with who will be entering their senior seasons there. Josh, Jake, Jason, and Bam-Bam (aka Andy), I’m telling you to watch this video and learn the up & under from the best. Good luck next year guys.


As always, if I can ever be of assistance to you or your program, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.


All the best,


Drew Henley, CSCS, USAW, CES
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Articles & Videos You Should See 12-5


Articles
Olympic Lifting for Baseball – Joe Meglio brings up great reasons as to why baseball players should not be doing Olympic lifts. I love using them in training, but recognize that they are very technical lifts and improper form can easily lead to injuries. For baseball players, this is especially worrisome seeing as the likeliest injury sites are the wrist and shoulder.

Addressing Weaknesses in Training and Life – When addressing weaknesses in the weight room, it is important not to ignore of your strengths. Mike Robertson provides good insight on the importance of keeping your strengths and the reality of improving weak areas.

Jump Higher & Get More Powerful – Charles Poliquin shows some of the research behind utilizing both bilateral and unilateral plyometric training to elicit the best results. If you train athletes in jumping sports (basketball, volleyball, etc) it is important to note the risk of over training the CNS, as well as wear on the joints.

Videos
Tennis Ball Receiver Drills – I am a huge fan of tennis ball drills for hand-eye coordination. Here is a video showing how the University of Texas wide receivers improve their catching with tennis balls.

20 Battle Rope Exercises – There are a few variations I haven’t seen before on this video. Battle ropes are great on the shoulders, core, and pretty much everything else.

All the best,

Drew Henley, CSCS, USAW
480-241-4112
HenleySportsPerformance.blogspot.com
Twitter.com/DrewBHenley
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Articles & Videos You Should See 11-28


I hope everyone had happy Thanksgiving with their family and loved ones. Here are this week’s Articles & Videos You Should See.
Articles
Drink Green Tea – Charles Poliquin provides some great research on the benefits of drinking green tea. Not many young athletes will appreciate the anti-inflammatory benefits, but they will come running to the thought of protecting against alcohol effects.
My Training: Body, Mind and Self Control – Training is much more than gaining a physiological adaption to physical stress placed on the body. Jen Comas Keck gives some good points, and an interesting view by including self-control (it may seem strange, but it fits very well).
Do You Know Someone Struggling to Gain Weight? – I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked about supplements on a daily basis. Most of the people asking are asking for when they START lifting, aka – they aren’t doing anything right now (and looking for the magic pill). Too bad there isn’t one.
Strength – Good article for anyone training boxers/MMA fighters by Chad Howse. I am a big fan of the mindset he establishes in his writing. Attack everything and never, ever quit.
Videos
Stevie Johnson TD Dance – Just one video this week, but I thought it was hilarious. If you missed the Jets vs Bills game on Sunday, then you probably missed one of the funniest touchdown celebrations of the season. As you may recall, Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg in New York a couple years ago, then went to prison for it. Well…Burress is now a member of the Jets, and made for a perfect theme for Johnson’s celebration. Too bad Johnson blew a chance to win the game, while Burress had a touchdown of his own to help earn the victory. Lesson for the day – celebrate when the W is in the books.
Let me know any thoughts you may have on the above resources, I hope you find them as useful as I have. If I can ever help you or your program in any way, please don’t hesitate to ask.
All the best,
Drew Henley, CSCS, USAW
480-241-4112
HenleySportsPerformance.blogspot.com
Twitter.com/DrewBHenley

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