Are your athletes getting better and how would you know?

I gave a talk at a local strength and conditioning facility, the Alpha Project, which is hosting the North American Global Hamstring Project. The coaches at Alpha are doing some great things, and it’s great to join their efforts to bring more strength and conditioning and sport science to the California Central Coast. Below, you can find the slides and the accompanying spreadsheet for the talk I’m giving on effective test selection and some useful … Read more

New Research: Why you should do the isometric mid thigh pull in an upright position

I’ve been using the isometric mid-thigh pull extensively since I was first exposed to it as a master’s student. It is a useful test for evaluating strength and rate of force characteristics in athletes. Most of the variables obtained from the test are reliable, both within a session and between multiple sessions, and the majority relate well to a variety of dynamic (i.e. not isometric) skills, such as the countermovement jump and change of direction. … Read more

Cohen’s d and Hedges’ g Excel Calculator

I needed to put together a simple little Excel calculator for the Cohen’s d and Hedges’s g effect sizes. While there are many different online calculators out there, I like the idea that I can go in and verify the calculations if necessary, and add things to it (I would eventually like to add in confidence intervals for both effect sizes, if I can figure it out). I have this sheet calculating both Cohen’s d … Read more

Focus on the Basics – aka KISS

ACSM Position Stand Title

In my strength and conditioning class today, my students worked through the ACSM Position Stand “Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults“. A major concept to take home from that paper, and something I try to emphasize in the class, is that the basics are important. The basics are what the biggest part of your progress is going to come from. The basics should be the vast majority of the training that you or your … Read more

New Research: Loading the Hang High Pull Exercise

We have put together some neat studies using Tim Suchomel‘s thesis data.  One of Tim’s major research interests is the use of clean variations, and in particular, variations that don’t involve the catch (here’s a post all about ’em: clean variations without the catch). Here’s a quick video to watch so that we’re on the same page- For this paper, we examined the effect of manipulating loads on lower body kinetics. Participants did repetitions with 30%, 45%, … Read more