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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.

Summer Strength and Conditioning Guide for Parents: 3 Pitfalls to Avoid
Anthony Donskov - June 09, 2015
It's about that time of year again! A time where youth athletes' are finishing up their competitive seasons and looking forward to the summer. . . . keep reading
The Elite Performer Pyramid- Supporting Children for Excellence in Sport and Life
Brian Sipotz - April 20, 2015
Parents of young athletes have a tough job these days. They are charged with the task of nurturing, teaching, motivating, training, and navigating their young athletes through an increasingly complex and competitive youth sports landscape. . . . keep reading
The Real Meaning of the "Off" Season
Michael Boyle - March 30, 2015
I've been posting lots of info about how athletes need to play multiple sports. The evidence is overwhelming and keeps piling up. However, in typical Type A parent style many have misinterpreted the message. . . . keep reading
Early Specialization, Play, & Injuries - A Defense of the 1-Sport "Specialist"
Pat Britton - February 04, 2015
A day doesn't go by where I don't get emailed, a post shared on Facebook, or a link posted on Twitter referencing the "evils" and "dangers" of only playing one sport and early specialization . . . keep reading
Thoughts On High School Football Warm-up
Below is a conversation between a site member and an NFL Strength Coach that we thought might be interesting. . . . keep reading
Coordination Training for Future Champions
Jeremy Frisch - June 17, 2014
Almost a half century ago a famous Finnish coach and athletic authority, Lauri Pihkala, said, "Boys don't be in a hurry to join the men." His warning is still applicable today and sh . . . keep reading
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
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