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EP.105 - A Sneak Peak into the First Ever Power Summit

EP.105 - A Sneak Peak into the First Ever Power Summit

Podcast (27 Minutes) - On September 9th, together with Gymaware and Great North Coaching we will be hosting our first ever Power Summit.

A full day of theory and practical designed specifically for Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Personal Trainers, and Sports Science Students to learn from four of Melbourne’s finest present on how they develop power in their athletes.

Tickets can be bought from www.coreadvantage.com.au/power, but get in quick as they will sell out.

The Athletic Combine Part 3: Results, The Most Important Thing in Athletic Performance Testing

The Athletic Combine Part 3: Results, The Most Important Thing in Athletic Performance Testing

The stats are in!

With data from over 200* athletes, 12 sports, 12 tests, and an age range of nearly 30 years there have been a lot of numbers to crunch.

So what did we find and what does it all mean for you?

Why Can't I Jump High? The Science Behind Vertical Leap

Why Can't I Jump High? The Science Behind Vertical Leap

This article is going to break down most of what makes humans good (or bad) at jumping. If you have ever wondered why you can't jump the answer is probably somewhere in here.

When it comes to any physical performance it can be broken down into four factors.

  1. Energetics: How the energy system and the creation of ATP. Energetics are the major site for fatigue across most time spans.
  2. Biomechanics; These are the relationship between joint angles and limb lengths. This is particularly dictated by movement skill and coordination
  3. Physics: The influence of forces on the body, things like gravity, inertia, momentum and mass. 
  4. Physiology: The muscles, tendons, and nervous system that are responsible for creating movement and force.

Olympic Lifting vs Plyometrics

Olympic Lifting vs Plyometrics

Every semester we split our interns into two teams, and have a great debate. They are living in bizzare-o world and are only allowed to choose one method for developing power in their athletes. Team one is pro-plyometrics, while team two is all about the Olympic lifts.

Now there are some clear benefits for both methods. When it comes to plyos;

  • you can work three-dimensionally, allowing you to train both the sagittal and frontal planes
  • They can be made very specific to the movement patterns and the shapes that you make on the court or the field. Basketball or Volleyball? Vertical jumping is vital, Sprinting or cricket fast bowling? horizontal bounding might be better suited for you
  • Plyos really allow you to target the elasticity and the reactivity when it comes to creating power. Improving the ability of your musculotendinous unit to store and utilise the stretch shortening cycle.

Instant Strength: Push the Ground Away

Instant Strength: Push the Ground Away

Back in high school, Chuck Norris was my hero. It wasn't just about the movies, I mostly just loved the quotes.

Chuck Norris counted to infinity twice.
Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience.
Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.
Chuck Norris doesn't wear watch, he decides what time is.
Chuck Norris can start a fire by rubbing two ice cubes together.
Chuck Norris made a happy meal cry.
Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep, he waits.

But definitely my favourite is:

Taking off the Athletic Handbrake: The World's Greatest Most Important, Best Stretch Ever

Taking off the Athletic Handbrake: The World's Greatest Most Important, Best Stretch Ever

I absolutely hate those articles where the title lure's you in all click-bait-y, you click it and then they don't give you the answer or they give you half an answer right at the end. This is not one of those articles...

Calf Raises: An Easy Home Workout to Jump Higher and Run Faster

It can seem pretty daunting getting started with a strength and conditioning program, either as an athlete or as a team sports coach, just trying to help your athletes improve. 

There is the equipment. 

There is the programming; Knowing how many sets and reps to do, what exercises, and in what order. 

And then there's making sure your form's on point. 

But it doesn't have to be this way. 

If you want to run faster (easier/lighter/further), jump higher or just improve your general athleticism, calf raises are one of the simplest ways to get started, and the only thing you need is gravity!
One of the easiest things you can do, that also has one of the highest returns on investment, is a simple standing calf raise.