Snatch Grip Deadlifts & Box Jumps

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Coaches Compete in Florida Strongman

by admin on September 12, 2012


Explosive Football Workout

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High School Football Lower Body Lift

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Pictures Of The New Strength Camp (FIRE ROOM)

by admin on January 11, 2012


Speed Training Exercises At Strength Camp Gym

by admin on January 11, 2012


Chris Barnard: Strength Camp Coach

by admin on May 19, 2011

Chris Barnard is a strength and conditioning coach at Strength Camp, a hardcore athlete training facility in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as owner of Total Xplosive Training, a digital training program dedicated to maximizing overall athleticism that he developed while in transition from recovering from surgery into playing Division 1 football.

He is earning his Masters in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Miami, where he initially went to play football before becoming ineligible. He has worked with athletes at all levels and from many different sports to produce the highest level of performance in each.

He currently resides between Clearwater and Miami, Florida and continues to pursuit breakthroughs in athletic performance as he aspires to return back to the playing field as well as producing elite athletes through coaching.

Now accepting applications from highly motivated athletes who display a strong character and athletic potential. Space in this program is very limited only accepting serious athletes.
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Thanks for all of the cool ideas and feedback about in-season training for football! Its pretty clear to me that many of you are true professionals that really take the time to understand the physical demands of the sport you are training AND make it a priority to educate yourselves on the science and application of sports strength and conditioning.

One coach that has really helped me to understand the bio mechanics of sports based movement is Eric Cressey.

All of Eric’s books, DVDs, and presentations seem to shed light upon some of the most overlooked aspects of training… and his new program The Show & Go Performance System is no different, in fact it’s better than some of his other books because he really makes some of the more advanced concepts very applicable for coaches and athletes who are “in the trenches”

I think he may be offering it this week for a few bucks off, might be worth a look if you are into designing high quality strength and conditioning programs.

=> CLICK HERE to take a look at his website.

Well, I promised that I’d tell you my thoughts on designing in season strength programs for athletes… so I made the following video for ya!

Let me know if it is helpful or if you have any questions.

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Shrinking Muscles (in-season power loss)

by admin on September 20, 2010

Elliott at 16 yrs old (high school)

When I played football in high school and college I was OBSESSED with getting bigger, stronger and more powerful in the off season.  I loved off season bodybuilding and power lifting so much that I made a career out of training athletes for sports performance!

But, I had a BIG PROBLEM when the season was in full swing.  You see, no matter how much food I ate or how much time I spent in the weight room I always seemed to lose around 10 pounds of muscle and experience a dramatic loss of strength and power.

The real problem was NOT that I was losing size and strength… it was that I was training my muscles and nervous system in the WRONG WAY.

This is what the  in-season weight training / conditioning that my coach had the team perform typically looked like…


Suicide Sprints / Gassers x 5 – 15 sets done daily after practice (except the day before a game)


Power Cleans 3 x 8 – 12

Squats 3 x 10

Bench Press 3 x 10

Chin Ups 3 x 10

Crunches 1 x 100


Push Press 3 x 8 – 12

Front Squats 3 x 10

Incline Bench Press 3 x 10

Seated Rows 3 x 10

Crunches 1 x 100

I’d say that this program is pretty basic, you may see this being done in high school weight rooms all across the nation as we speak!  This program covers all of the most important lifts and is designed well.

The only problem is that it DOES NOT WORK!

First of all there is far too much volume (reps and sets) for an in season training program.  Also, in my opinion there is too much conditioning and the fact is that as a young athlete 200 crunches per week will wreak havoc on your posture and ability to recover from exercise.

I know that there are about 9 other things about this in season training program that can be corrected and made to actually build strength and power for athletes DURRING the in season.  I’ve been using a very effective method for keeping the athletes that train at Strength Camp while in their sports season strong and powerful… in fact, several of our athletes ever get STRONGER and MORE POWERFUL while training for their frequent game days!

We fully intend to see many of our athletes exhibit extraordinary Post Season Power!

Let me help you:

1. In the comments area below post your current in-season training regime.

2. Let me know if it is working for you or your team right now.

3. If you have any ideas about how we may be able to make it better, please let me know.


Training on the Edge – Learn How Overtraining on Purpose Can Get You Maximum Results Fast!

Guest post By Nick Nilsson Author Of Mad Scientist Muscle

Overtraining is NOT evil. Overtraining can be exactly what you need to achieve continuous and rapid results in your training.

But first, what is overtraining? Overtraining is, most simply, training too much. Your body is unable to recover from the volume or frequency of training and begins to break down. You not only lose motivation to train, you become more susceptible to injury and illness, and you may even start to go backwards in your training, getting smaller and weaker on almost a daily basis.

So how can overtraining possibly be good for you? I’ll tell you.

It all begins with the incredible adaptive power of your body. As you become more advanced in weight training you will generally notice that you cannot make consistent gains for a long period of time on one training system. Your body quickly adapts to whatever training system you’re using and hits a plateau. To get around this, it’s usually recommended that you change your program every three to six weeks.

The question now is how to use this adaptive ability to your advantage.

It’s really quite simple. You gradually build up to a state of temporary overtraining, then, when you’re overtrained and your adaptive processes are working to their fullest capacity for recovery, you back off. This backing off results in what is called overcompensation.

Imagine you’re driving a car and climbing a hill with the gas pedal to the floor. You’re giving it everything you’ve got but you’re still going up slowly. This is similar to overtraining. When you reach the top, the going gets a lot easier. If you keep the gas pedal on the floor when you go over the top and head down, you’re going to go a lot faster very quickly. This is overcompensation and this is where the results are.

On a normal program, you work a bodypart, it becomes temporarily weaker, then becomes stronger as it overcompensates so you can lift more next time. What a normal program does on a small, local basis, this overtraining program does on a full body, systemic basis.

Sound good? We’re not done. Now we’re going to harness the power of overtraining by using what I call “Controlled Overtraining.”

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