I remember doing a guest lecture for a class at Springfield College in 2005 and remember a student asking an endless amount of questions. I could sense his passion and enthusiasm that day when he asked those questions and knew that this young man was going to be successful in our industry.
I remember meeting Adam Feit that day and never forgetting his name. I was fortunate enough to follow his career from a far and keep in touch with him over the years. I remember him going to Arizona State, and then Louisville, then to Eastern Michigan and eventually to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. I remember him marrying Mary Kate – who I was fortunate enough to work with as a high school athlete and as a college athlete at Holy Cross. And then I remember him going into the private sector with Reach Your Potential Training in New Jersey. He has been able to connect with every athlete that he is encountered and goes about doing everything he can to make them better. He is relentless in his pursuit of excellence and you can see that in just about everything he puts together.
That’s why I was so excited to hear about his and Bobby Smith’s DVD, The Coaches Guide to Jump Training. I knew it was going to be a hit and that he would leave no stone un-turned. This video series breaks down jump training further than any other system I have seen and shows you A TON of exercises. The way that Adman and Bobby break down their jump training is outstanding. They go over teaching progressions, common mistakes, programming and anything else that you can think of when it comes to jump training.
Everybody would like to jump higher and farther but the primary purpose of jump training for athletic development should be to reduce the chance of injury. Adam and Bobby do a great job breaking down landing mechanics (both double leg and single leg) and show a variety of different movements that you can use to help your on field performance.
Like anything Adam does, this is a high quality product from a high quality individual. I will definitely be stealing some things from here. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this video series as you will not be disappointed from the content.
I would like to congratulate a friend, mentor and my business partner, Shawn Windle, on his selection as this years NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year! This is a huge honor as he was recognized by his peers and colleagues.
Shawn is one of the best in the business and has recently put together our latest product, Exercises for the Landmine DVD. The landmine is one of Shawn’s go to pieces of equipment when putting together a program and he shows some fantastic movements and progressions for all sports. Pick up a copy and see what the NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year does with his athletes:
Core training is a big part of our training programs and it is often referred to “ab work.” Through the teachings of Stuart McGill, Craig Liebenson, and Shirley Sahrmann, we realize that our core is used to transfer force and prevent movement versus producing movement. Many athletes have no idea how to properly use and engage their core for optimal performance and health.
Enter Mike Reinhold and Eric Cressey. They have put out a new online series that is going to address stability training for the entire body. Their first installment is on the core and the videos are outstanding. The videos are a series of lectures that explain what true stability training for the core is, how to train around any existing back injuries (which are very common), how to control extension in our athletes (many athletes live in extension and have no idea how to control their pelvis), and actual exercises on how to train the core properly.
This is truly outstanding and I’m excited to see what Mike have Eric planned in the future with their online database on stability training.
Check it out here: Functional Stability Training for the Core