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Highly recommended Books…..

Strength Coach: A Call To Serve – Paperback

Jeff ConnorsStrength coaching is, in many ways, a scientific endeavor, blending the latest theories of performance enhancement with practical strategies to build mobility, speed, flexibility and power. But for Jeff Connors it is also a calling. For thirty years Connors has devoted himself to helping collegiate athletes excel on the field by grinding away relentlessly in the weight room, and through those decades he has crafted his own distinctive philosophy of his profession, using both his heart and his head. Part memoir and part training manual, this book gives football fans, strength coaches and exercise enthusiasts alike a thorough inside look into Connor’s world — where speed Jeff Connors Book Coverand power can lead to Saturday victory and young men forge character through long, tireless hours away from the roar of the crowd.


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Functional Training for Athletes at All Levels: Workouts for Agility, Speed and Power Paperback

by James C. Radcliffe – Head strength and Conditioning Coach of the Oregon Ducks

Coach Radcliffe, now in his 26th year as the school’s head strength and conditioning coach. He not only plays a significant role in the Ducks’ football program as the designer of the year-round conditioning calendar but also has been quick to aid the athletic development of athletes in all sports.

Push your muscle development and athletic abilities to incredible new heights with Functional Training for Athletes of All Levels. Functional training conditions your body to respond to the strenuous demands of athletic competition. This method goes far beyond standard isolation movements, done sitting down, that simply increase muscular bulk. Functional training coordinates you muscles to work together to produce explosive power, tightrope-walker balance and cat-like agility.
Functional training for athletesWith over 100 exercises—illustrated with step-by-step photos—and 20 sport-specific workouts, Functional Training for Athletes at All Levels will help you acquire the athletic movement skills necessary to maximize your performance in any sport.

Develop a rock-solid core for supreme stability
Strengthen your trunk for explosive power
Sharpen fast-twitch muscles for lightning-quick responses
Coordinate your muscles for full body control
Enhance your stabilizers for quick, agile movement


Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.

By Cal Dietz Head Olympic Strength & Conditioning coach University of Minnesota.

Cal-DietzWhat is Triphasic Training? It is the pinnacle of sports performance training. By breaking down dynamic, athletic movements into their three components (eccentric, isometric, and concentric), the Triphasic system maximizes performance gains by applying stress to the athlete in a way that allows for the continuous development of strength, speed, and power.

Who uses Triphasic Training: Everyone! From elite level athletes to absolute beginners, the triphasic method of training allows for maximal performance gains in minimal time. For that reason professional athletes from all backgrounds seek out Coach Dietz each off-season to train with his triphasic system. Coach Dietz has worked with hundreds of athletes from the NFL, NHL, and MLB, as well as several dozen Olympic athletes in track and field, swimming, and hockey.

Triphasictraining-Cal DietzWhat the book is about: The eBook contains over 350 pages, divided clearly into 2 parts: the why and the what. The first section goes through the physiological basis for the Triphasic method, undulated block periodization, and general biological applications of stress. The authors will explain how to incorporate the Triphasic methods into existing programs, with complete descriptions on adapting it to virtually any scenario. Section 2 is devoted entirely to programming, with over 3,000 exercises hyperlinked to show you specifically how to perform every exercise. Included in this section are 5 separate 24-week training programs built for either 6 day, 5 day, 4 day, 3 day, or 2 day models. Also included is a complete 52 week training program for football. Cal and Ben show you why and how to peak football lineman or skill players, baseball, swimming, volleyball, and hockey players (among others). By reading this book, you will learn how to take the principles of Triphasic Training and apply it in the correct context for YOUR needs and YOUR athletes!

Another Great Book…..

Coaches, this book (101 Fundamentals of Developing Football speed) was written by a great friend of mine Mike Srock.  He is the head speed & strength coach at James F. Byrnes High School.  A little about Coach Srock…..

Mike Srock is the Speed and Strength Coach for the District Five Schools of Spartanburg County (SC). He has worked with James F. Byrnes High School for the past 12 years, and the Rebels have won the South Carolina 4A football state championship 8 times in the last 10 years, with the most recent championship being the 2011 title. The Rebels’ record since 2002 is 122- 10. The Rebels also hold the distinction of earning the 2008 National SPARQ Training Challenge Championship.

A graduate of St. Thomas University in Florida, Srock is a Certified Specialist for Speed and Explosion (CSSE) with the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE), for which he serves on the national board of directors and the certification board. He is a senior level sports performance coach with USA Weightlifting and a bronze level coach with USA Wrestling. Srock is also a certified kettlebell instructor with KettleBell Concepts and a certified SPARQ trainer.

Srock has been the region director for the South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Association since 1999. He has also been the president of the South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Association since 2008. Srock has won numerous Coach of the Year titles including Strength Coach of the Year for the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association (2007 and 2001), USA Weightlifting East Coach Gold Coach of the Year (2001), and USA Weightlifting East Coach Gold Satellite Center Coach of the Year (2000). He was named the 2008 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl strength and defensive line coach.







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