single leg strength

This post is long overdue.  The season has been extremely busy but finals just ended and hockey will have a bit of a break until after Christmas while each hoops team still has a game this week.  The last couple weeks were filled with lots of games, workouts and preparing for the end of the semester.  I haven’t been able to sit down and really digest a good book, but what I try to do is read some articles and one very good one is Why Shoes Make Normal Gait Impossible?  This is a very good read about the effect that shoes has on the human body.  This goes along with another great read by a good friend of mine, Art Horne, who put out a book on barefoot training, entitled Barefoot in Boston.

I also just picked up a copy of an outstanding book regarding gait from Dr. Thomas Michaud, called Human Locomotion.  I’m excited to delve into this one as the topics in the table of contents really jump out at me.  Dr. Michaud has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on a variety of subjects ranging from biomechanics of the first metatarsophalangeal joint  and shoulder, to the pathomechanics and management of vertebral artery dissection. In 1993, Williams and Wilkins published Dr. Michaud’s first textbook, Foot Orthoses and Other Forms of Conservative Foot Care, which was eventually translated into four languages and continues to be used in physical therapy, chiropractic, pedorthic, and podiatry schools around the world. In addition to lecturing on clinical biomechanics internationally, Dr. Michaud has served on the editorial review boards for Chiropractic Sports Medicine and The Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Michaud has maintained a busy private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where he has treated thousands of elite and recreational runners.

Dr. Michaud is offering the book at the student price, which is $20 off the regular price of $100.  That’s a great deal for a book that covers many gait related issues that plague so many athletes. You can pick up a copy at, when you click on “The book”, be sure to click the link asking for student pricing.  I put the synopsis of the book that is on the back cover below if you want to find more info about the book.



In the course of a year, more than 1.9 million runners will fracture at least one bone and approximately 50% will suffer some form of overuse injury that prevents them from running. Despite the widespread prevalence of gait-related injuries, the majority of health care practitioners continue to rely on outdated and ineffective treatment protocols emphasizing passive interventions, such as anti-inflammatory medications and rest.

With more than 1000 references and 530 illustrations, Dr. Michaud’s text on human locomotion presents a logical approach to the examination, assessment, treatment and prevention of gait-related injuries. Beginning with a complete  review of the evolution of bipedality, this textbook goes on to describe the functional anatomy of each joint in the lower extremity, pelvis, and spine. This information is then related to normal and abnormal motions during the gait cycle, providing the most comprehensive description of human locomotion ever published.

Human Locomotion also discusses a wide range of conservative interventions, including a detailed guide to manual therapies, a complete review of every aspect of orthotic intervention, along with illustrated explanations of hundreds of rehabilitative stretches and exercises. The final chapter summarizes state-of-the-art, proven conservative treatment interventions, providing specific protocols for dozens of common gait-related injuries, including Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and hamstring strains. Whether you are a chiropractor, physical therapist, pedorthist or podiatrist, this text provides practical information that will change the way you practice.

I am the strength coach to many high-level high school and collegiate basketball players.  I am constantly researching and looking for the best and most-effective ways to design their programs to improve performance and keep injuries at bay.  I can confidently say that this DVD is the most comprehensive resource on basketball strength and conditioning that I have ever seen.  The templates for the weekly workouts are invaluable to a strength coach.  Often times, with so much information out there, it can be very confusing as to which program is best.  Coach Patel explains the best program outline based on what he has found to work over the years.

I loved the part on Coach B’s warm-ups and soft-tissue work and particular attention to loosening up the hips.  Tight hips will take the explosiveness right out of a player’s game, but Coach B shows you things you would never have thought of and that can be implemented with minimal equipment, anywhere!

Coach B takes you through a program start to finish with multiple options to fit your current needs and weight room specifics.  I have come across many other basketball DVDs that are not practical, take too long and just won’t work in the real world setting.  I have noticed our workouts are becoming much more efficient and effective based on player feedback and the quality of the movements.  I am presenting at a state basketball clinic in a few weeks and I will highly recommend Coach Patel’s DVD to all the coaches in attendance.

This DVD has it all: program templates, visual examples and explanations and more. You are getting the experience and expertise of one of the best basketball strength coaches in the world in a matter of 3 hours’ worth of highly instructive DVD!  This is a ‘must have’ investment for any basketball coach, player or strength coach.  I have already implemented many of the things that Coach B has in his DVD with my players.  I highly recommend this DVD to any coach or player that is looking to gain a ‘secret advantage’ over their opponents!

To pick up a copy of the DVD click here and scroll down the page.

Kyle Newell, MS, CSCS, CISSN







My good friend and one of the best Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the industry, Eric
Cressey and I go way back.  We were at UCONN together for grad school and I like to think that I helped him get really into strength and conditioning when he came to volunteer in the varsity weight room.  He’s someone who’s been great to bounce things off of and learn from and he just put together an awesome video detailing why you’re not:

:: Getting Stronger

:: Getting Leaner

:: Adding Muscle

:: Becoming More Athletic

You can check it out here:

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Eric is one of the most respected coaches in the world and  works with over 70 professional athletes, including Major  League All-Stars.  He also is a regular contributor to Men’s Health, has been featured in ESPN and Yahoo Sports, has written/created
best-selling books and DVDs, and is one of the world’s  most sought-after experts on performance training.

With many of Eric’s clients having millions of dollars on the line  based on their performance and him only having a few months each year to maximize their results, he’s made a science of studying what holds people back from getting stronger, leaner and more athletic in a hurry…and he’s found one limiting factor  that is the difference between a training program’s failure and  success 99% of the time…and he share it on this video:

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If you want to get more out of your training, there may be no  more important video that you will ever watch than this one:

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