For Kim Wood, "The Quest Continues......" The former strength and conditioning coach of the Cincinnati Bengals refuses to quit. In fact, more than ever, his mission is to make sure the strength and conditioning field does not lose focus of its mission. In the '70s, he became a forerunner in the National Football League, establishing strength training and conditioning for football players. Bengals founder and head coach Paul Brown, who modernized professional football with a systematized philosophy, hired Wood in an effort to assure that other NFL teams did not beat him to the punch. In the '80s, Wood led by instilling a toughness character into his training program and the program worked. With Head Coach Forrest Gregg and later Sam Wyche, Kim Wood trained squads that made trips to two Super Bowls. Wood's feedback and methodology assisted strength-equipment industry mogul Arthur Jones (Nautilus) in strength equipment design. And, in the '90s Wood teamed with Paul Brown's son, Pete, and Arthur Jones' son, Gary, in another transformation of the strength training world...Hammer Strength machines.
Last summer, at his "Meeting of the Tribes" Clinic, Kim Wood sought to expose a weak link in the training of football players everywhere.... and that would be the vulnerable head and neck area. His goal was to get the message out to all those who train football players: Train The Neck!! Now!! Coaches from all over the U.S., with a sprinkling of international coaches, were in attendance. Professional coaches, major college coaches, high school. NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz was there, too. As well as major news agencies like USA Today and Fox and ESPN.
The other mission he seeks to accomplish is an unofficial association of strength professional networking: Ideas being shared, philosophies, methods and techniques being exhanged. So, if you're an aspiring strength coach, you could have networked and been advised and had personal discussions with the brightest coaches in strength training. All under one roof. Interestingly, Wood uses no sponsors for the clinic, thus maintaining discussions without bias.
The Detroit Lions Strength Staff has pinpointed Saturday, March 3rd 2012 for their 2nd Annual Strength & Conditioning Clinic. Head Strength Coach Jason Aropoff and Assistant Ted Rath are doing the behind-the-scenes prep work for this clinic. If this one is anything like last year's clinic, it is sure to be a great professional development event and a chance to network with professional colleagues.
Participants will hear three quality 50-minute breakout sessions on topics such as Strength Training, Conditioning, and Sports Nutrition (Making Sense of Supplements), will receive a copy of the clinic DVD, a handbook with the speakers’ notes and handouts, a sponsor gift bag, a tour of the Lions Training Facility, participate in a raffle give away, and new in 2012, a question & answer session with several current Detroit Lions players. There will be a great speaker line up that includes Ohio State Strength Coach Mickey Marotti and Kentucky Strength Coach Ted Lambrinides
Our newest training center has recently opened. Director of Operations Jamie Ray is now owner of the "ASAP at The Western Sports Mall" in Cincinnati, Ohio. The training center is located at 2323 Ferguson Road Cincinnati 45238. 513-240-7311 ASAP Western Sports Mall is a comprehensive, all encompassing training center with Free Weights, Hammer Strength machines, Power Racks, Woodway Treadmills,Elliptical trainers, agility stations,TRX Suspension Training (Certified Specialists), and knowledgeable, college trained trainers and coaches. Take a look at the video for a look at some of the things going on there.
Former Jacksonville Jaguar Strength Coach Mark Asanovich and his colleague Ralph Cornwell have been developing a program for head and neck strength training. Cornwell is a doctoral candidate and has been researching this type of protocol with Coach Asanovich, who ran strength training programs in the National Football League (NFL) for fifteen years.
Now, the two have produced a program that will benefit any athlete... and, in fact everybody! To hear about this new innovative protocol, just click on the ASAP PODCAST Logo. Mark has joined ASAP for some podcasts in the past this one in 2008 and this early version from 2006 Be sure to check out their website: Concussion Prevention Protocol
Sports Performance Trainer /Personal Trainer Jamie Ray has made the move and has his Cincinnati ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power~ Performance Center at The Western Sports Mall going full go! The training is going great, the athletes are getting stronger through a comprehensive strength training program. The sports agility work is taking place on the astroturf training surface, and on the Indoor Field Turf fields. This has instantly become Cincinnati's finest training center. The speed training and acceleration performance training has been intense as many athletes are now converging on this complete training center. And on Tuesdays and Thursdays, there's even a Boot Camp! That seems like a favorite of the adult crowd... I saw around 15 women last week going through some serious work! Impressive.For more action photos click here or on the two pics
Time is running out! There's only a few more days now until the Michigan State Strength Clinic. I have been attending clinics like this since 1982 and I have to proclaim these MSU strength seminars as the best as far as accommodations, learning environment, networking with fellow colleagues, and also the practical coaching ideas that can be taken back to our individual situations...wherever that might be. Most coaches aspire to greatness.... and touring the facilities and observing professionals at work is always a great motivator. You're not going to find a more knowledgeable staff who are willing to share their ideas and collaborate on this type of level. Truly one of the elite programs in all of collegiate sports! It doesn't happen by chance.... it's the people and the character that is there in East Lansing. Hope to see you there.... Coach "C"
I have been to the first four MSU Spartan Strength & Conditioning Clinics and somehow they make it better and even more informative every year. This year's line up promises to be another special event for strength training professionals, students, trainers, physical therapists and personal trainers. Clinic Director Mike Vorkapich does an exceptional job organizing and getting the clinic off the ground. The speaking line-up is always top notch...this year will be no different with the likes of Head MSU Strength Coach Ken Mannie, Dan Riley, Ken Leistner, Jason Arapoff, Mike Joseph, Paul Harker, Gabe Harrington and Scott Hayes.
Additionally, just being inside the Spartan Strength Training Complex is enough to motivate. It's tied for first on my list of top college weight rooms that I have seen...coast to coast!
For all of the details and to access the REGISTRATION FORM just click on the Spartan Photo above. The clinic takes place at the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center right across from Spartan Stadium. It's a comfortable, climate controlled auditorium style learning environment with desk format to place electronic learning devices and laptops and notebooks. The practical "lab work" takes place in the Spartan Weight Room within Duffy Daugherty Building.