Proper Form for Jump Squats

Question: My volleyball coach recommended that I do squats and jump with the bar on my back at the end of each rep. It bothers my back. What else can I do to improve my vertical? Answer: Doing jump squats with weight on your back tends to bother most people either in their knees, back […]

Balancing Quads and Hamstrings

Question: I’ve read your articles and saw the statement ” fronts are for show, backs are for go”. What exactly does that mean in terms of training and performance in athletics? I do squats, front squats and leg curls with our team and we do some stiff leg dead lifts some as well. Is that […]

Most Effective Cardio

Question: What is the most effective method of doing cardio? I hear conflicting reports about how high intensity is better and those who say the lower intensity burns more fat. Which way should I go to get the best results? Answer: The high intensity cardio elevates your heart rate to very high levels and sustaining […]

Working Out While in Ankle Cast

Question: I fell and have a serious ankle sprain. The doctor put me in a soft cast to protect the ankle while I heal. What can I do in the gym to stay in shape and perhaps prevent total atrophy? Answer: Don’t do anything that goes against your doctor’s advice. You can train your upper […]

Proper Form for Deep Rock Bottom Squats

Question: Our coach has us doing squats so deep that our hamstrings sit on our calves and that makes my lower back and knees sore. The reasoning is that that we have to go deep to be effective. Is that the best way to do squats? Answer: We call those “rock bottom” squats and some […]

Avoiding 3 Common Gym Mistakes

With the new year now here, New Year’s resolutions have been made and the gyms will be filled with eager patrons ready to lose weight, build muscle and improve their overall health. Here are three of the most common errors made by these new gym patrons which cause them to fail in their attempts and […]

Gaining Weight for College Ball

Question: I need to gain weight for football. I have several D1 teams who are interested but want me heavier. I don’t want to just get heavier without gaining muscle. What is the best way to put on good weight? Answer: Congratulations on having multiple options for continuing your career into collegiate ball. First, don’t […]

How to Coach the Participation Trophy Generation

Question: I’m a first year coach and am getting completely frustrated with the attitudes I get from my players. They work hard in practice. In games they nod and say, ” Ok coach, we got it.” Then they go and do something completely different. They concede games before they start and if it’s close they […]

Rely On Preparation not Energy Drinks

Question: I’m training four days a week and wondered if there was a good energy drink or pre-workout drink I should use when I don’t feel up to a workout. Also, what’s more important, water or Gatorade when working out? Answer: Pre-workout and energy drinks supply a big boost of caffeine and sugar, at best, […]

Stiff Leg or Russian Dead Lifts Proper Form

Question: Stiff leg deads hurt my back because our coach wants our hands to touch the floor. Coach said that’s how a friend of his that coaches at an SEC school says to do them. What muscles are they supposed to be working? Answer: Stiff leg deads, also known as Romanian, Russian or Bulgarian deadlifts, […]