There's a right way to train...so, we went to one of the premier training centers in the world and of course, all of college football. That would be the Ohio State University football strength training complex at The Woody Hayes Athletic Center. When Head Football Coach Urban Meyer got to town, he immediately summoned his long time colleague, Strength & Conditioning Coach Mickey Marotti to take on the task of training the Buckeyes to make competitive runs at national championships. Marotti had done it at Florida twice with Coach Meyer.... so they set out to accomplish championships at Ohio State University. Their first season garnered a perfect 12-0 season. Not a bad start!
Marotti assembled a strength training staff with a wide array of talents, expertise and motivational techniques. Jeff Uhlenhake is a a former Buckeye All-American and 10 year NFL star. Kenny Parker has Florida Gator roots and knows how to extract the right intensity from the players during workouts. Rick Court is non-stop energy from 5am till 5pm.
And, in this video another former OSU star, Anthony Schlegel talks Front Squat technique. Schlegel was a 3rd rounder himself in the NFL 2006 Draft (NY Jets) and had stint with the Cincinnati Bengals, too. Anthony was a popular player at Ohio State where he was a 2005 All Big Ten selection. Interestingly, he also owns a few powerlifting world records!
We had the opportunity to work, speak and get some video at the Rocky Boiman Football Camp last week in Cincinnati, Ohio. ASAP's Ted Lambrinides and Cincinnati Moeller Head Football Coach John Rodenberg were guest speakers.
Coach Rodenberg has had an exciting coaching career that includes a Division 1 (big schools) 2012 State Football Championship [Ohio] at Cincinnati Moeller High School. Here's a video of Coach Rodenberg's talk to the youth campers as he delivered a great message for all young athletes!
There's a high school in Noblesville, Indiana where they have taken strength training and fitness to a whole new level. I had an opportunity to check out the new facility a few weeks ago while I was at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. I attended the Hammer Strength strength and conditioning clinic in Noblesville several weeks ago. Located about 12 miles north of Indiana's capital city, lies the city of Noblesville and that's the home of the Noblesville Millers. The high school layout, grounds and architectural plan are remarkable. However, if you're any type of coach, whether that would be high school, collegiate or professional level, you would most likely be astounded if you were to tour the strength training facility there.
The facility is supervised by Brian Clarke, the school's Wellness Department Chairperson and Strength & Conditioning Coordinator. And it's within that impressive training center where he teaches strength training and general fitness courses.
The video takes an in-depth look at the training center and you'll hear from Coach Clarke, an articulate professional who takes training seriously. The students at Noblesville are fortunate to have him at the helm! And, as you'll see in the video, they even have their own app to help organize and motivate the students and athletes there. Very cool.
Cincinnati Reds Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Krause and star pitcher Bronson Arroyo explained this shoulder strengthening routine to me. It's a great way to get your shoulders, especially the rotator cuff region, prepared for some serious strength training....... or some throwing! Krause, who isn't a native of Cincinnati, has certainly developed an affinity for one of the Queen City's favorite recipes. And that is Skyline Chili. That's where the locals get their chili in the form of a "3-way," "4-way" and the ultimate "5-way." So, Matt aptly named this regular shoulder strengthening routine used in the workouts by the Cincinnati Reds players the:
"5-Way Shoulder Routine"
Copyright 2013 Athletic Strength And Power blogpost by Ed Cicale
They're the same iconic checkerboard endzones emblazoned upon the football fields in Knoxville, Tennessee...home of the University of Tennessee Vols. Yet, they're cast under a new light since Head Football Coach Butch Jones has come to town. The new staff has embraced the Tennessee Volunteer past by opening their arms and facilities to the former players and lettermen who paved the way for one of the top winningest programs in all of college football. There have been no games yet, but there's been plenty of winter strength training, high energy conditioning sessions and spring football. Spirits are high and for the new coaches, the whirlwind has yet to really slow down. But, that makes little difference to the Vols Football Director of Strength and Conditioning. Coach Dave Lawson knows all about the demands and high expectations of what Tennessee Football is all about. The mantra in Knoxville is basically... "we just wanna win." Lawson and his cohort, Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Szerszen, rolled up their sleeves when they arrived at their new $50,000,000 Vols Football training complex.... and it's been go-go-go ever since! So take a look at the photos and video from the Hammer Strength Clinic 2013 from Knoxville, Tennessee. This is truly one of the most impressive training centers that you'll find anywhere.
We all go through the game of life with a fumble or turnover here and there...some of us with much bigger mistakes. Nevertheless, we all learn
lessons from those experiences, no matter how tough they may end up
being. The great thing about mankind is we have an ability to forgive
others as we take notice that they're taking strides toward
improvement... we all love a comeback story! Maurice Clarett's book is "A Season
of Thoughts" and a step in the right direction for this incredibly
gifted athlete who got thrown for a big loss...and ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power wishes him the best!
One of the most valuable lessons learned in sport is that when you get
knocked down.... you gotta get back up!
Here's a short clip of some behind the scenes strength training that was being done at Michigan State University. Basketball players, under the direction of MSU Spartan Baskeball Strength Coach Mike Vorkapich, were proceeding through another tough workout... this one at the indoor football practice facility. Basically, it's not all fun and games being a Spartan. Sixteen straight NCAA Tournament bids don't just happen! These guys earn their Green and White!
While down in Knoxville last weekend at the University of Tennessee Strength & Conditioning Clinic, I had an opportunity to catch up with new Head Football Coach Butch Jones. It's been a non-stop whirlwind for him and his staff as they try to get settled in on Rocky Top. In a few months, over 105,000 Volunteer fans will be packing into Neyland Stadium.....and they'll be expecting victories. So, Coach Jones, Head Strength Coach Dave Lawson, Assistant Mike Szerszen and the rest of the hard working staff there are prepping the squad for those Saturday afternoons in the fall.
ASAP Director of Video Production, Ed Cicale recently revisited Ohio State Buckeye Associate Director of Football Strength And Conditioning, Rick Court and Assistant A.D. for Football Sports Performance, Mickey Marotti. On this visit, the focus was on the upgrades and changes to the football training center located within The Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Slowly, they have been making big changes in the Buckeye weightroom...which , logistically, isn't the easiest thing to pull off while trying to train one of the top teams in all of college football. However, they've managed!
The training center rivals any weight training center in the world... and is certainly a plus for any recruit who takes major college football and physical training seriously. So take a look at the video and find out what's been going on in "C-bus"