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Young Athletes!

Welcome to the Young Athletes Training Homepage.

Kids ARE NOT mini-adults and shouldn't train like them. We'll cover strength training guidelines and give you tips for working with young athletes.

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Brad Kaczmarski - June 30, 2013
After Mike’s recent article, Working with Kids, Again, and his discussion about it on the strengthcoachpodcast 126, with Anthony Renna, I thought that it was important to point out what h . . . keep reading
What I Learned From Coaching Kids, Again
Michael Boyle - June 17, 2013
In the past few months I have gone back to coaching kids. It's something that I haven't done in quite a while, really since the early MBSC days 15 years ago. The sad truth is the higher level you work . . . keep reading
The Importance of an Athletic Developmental System
David Allen - November 10, 2012
NBS Fitness was created for the purpose of making people better.  Pure and simple, I wanted to expose people to the highest level of training possible to allow them the greatest stimulus for grow . . . keep reading
Are You Putting Your College Athletes Eligibility at Risk?
Chris Matsui - November 08, 2012
In the private industry, sometimes we forget that there are NCAA regulations you need to abide by that have nothing to do with performance. If violated the rules could potentially prohibit you from wo . . . keep reading
Preparing For High School Athletics
David Kittner - September 25, 2012
Becoming an athlete at any level is a process that requires long term planning, commitment and hard work. To give a child every opportunity to succeed as an athlete at the high school level, how they spend their time during the primary and middle school years is crucial. . . . keep reading
How to keep your high school athlete's college strength coach from hating your guts
David Allen - September 20, 2012
As football season approaches, many athletes are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to put all their hard earned off season’s gains to the test on Frida . . . keep reading
Six Steps to Teaching Pushups
David Kittner
Pushups are a great full body exercise that can be performed anywhere since no equipment is required. All that's needed is one's own bodyweight and the desire to become better at performing pushups. When pushups are done correctly, they work the chest, back, shoulders, arms, core, glutes and legs. . . . keep reading
Progressions for 6-9 Year Olds
Dave Gleason
The squat progression for a 17 year old athlete may be adding more depth, speed or perhaps externally loading them. That is, of course, taking into account that the current level of technical ability warrants a progression. . . . keep reading
The Front Squat/Back Squat Debate: Part 2
This is Part 2 of Jim Reeve's four-part article comparing front squats and back squats. In this segment, Jim analyzes the two lifts through video and picture. Due to the high number of pictures in the article, we had to post it as a PDF file, so please click on the link below to read it. This is some really good stuff. . . . keep reading
High School Weight Room Proposal
Chris Mattingly
Chris Mattingly is a high school teacher and coach at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. Here is a copy of the weight room funding proposal that he sent to his district and booster club to help obtain funding for new equipment. . . . keep reading
Youth Strength and Conditioning: Exe"CUTE"
Anthony Donskov
I have had the privileged of training a youth hockey organization here in Columbus, Ohio for the last five years. To say the experience has been rewarding would be an understatement. . . . keep reading
An Afternoon With Jack Daniels
Bruce Kelly - October 16, 2011
Before some folks think I've jumped off the deep end and got wasted one afternoon on the fine Tennessee whiskey, the Jack Daniels I am referring to here is Jack Daniels, PhD one of the legends of distance/endurance running in this country. . . . keep reading
The Lighthouses of Training Youth
Brett Klika
A navy battleship was in stormy waters when they spotted the light of what appeared to be another vessel in the distance. The ship's captain made radio contact with orders for the other vessel to . . . keep reading
Business Plan vs. Training Philosophy
Anthony Donskov - August 21, 2011
As business owners and Strength Coaches, we each have our own philosophy, system(s) and operations procedures. Each business model is a system of unique parts that make up the whole. Without systems, chaos is inevitable. We are all in the business because we have a passion in helping others reach their true potential, but we also have to turn a profit to keep the doors open. I have always had the belief that a business plan/philosophy and strength and conditioning philosophy should be separate entities. Don't let your business plan run your training plan! What do I mean by this? I have provided several examples below. . . . keep reading
Repetition vs. Repetitions: Training Youth Athletes
Anthony Donskov
The mother of mastery is deliberate repetition! As Coaches, we are always trying to find better ways to gain maximal results while promoting movement proficiency for our athletes. Variety plays an important role! Reps, sets, stress fluctuation, tempo and exercise selection are a few of the variables that need to be manipulated in order to produce maximal adaptation. . . . keep reading
10,000 Hours and Early Specialization in Sports: Mutually Inclusive?
Max Prokopy
1997 was a landmark year for young athletes, burgeoning internet gurus, and helicopter parents. As Tiger Woods drained the final putt of a record-setting performance at the Masters, millions of parents, coaches, and educators watched in awe. Tiger's first TV golf appearance was at age 2(!). By age 21 he was the most formidable force in the sporting world. Either conscious or sub-conscious, these well-documented facts galvanized the early specialization movement. Best-selling books such as Outliers, The Talent Code, and Bounce are wonderful accounts of the grueling ascent to expertise. However, they might create as much trouble as inspiration. The message received by parents and coaches often places early specialization into one sport above the value of diverse movement. More importantly, it's held high above "play." While there may be more Tigers-in-progress than ever before, we've also seen a rapid rise in youth sport overuse injuries. . . . keep reading
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