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How to Teach the Squat

Taylor Johnston Instructional, Mobility, Teaching Leave a Comment

The Squat. Arguably the most foundational movement within any fitness or training program. Why? It’s simple. Mastering it boasts the most bang for your buck. Firstly, it is a movement pattern essential to our DNA. Squatting (properly) is how we were designed to sit – chairs, couches, and toilets haven’t always existed. Squatting and standing is our way of getting …

The Champ Club: Winamac weight training club having a positive impact

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Article reposted with permission from Beau Wicker of the Pharos-Tribune. View the original here. A weight training club is having a positive impact creating well-rounded athletes for high school and middle school students at Winamac. The Champ Club was started two years ago by Craig Barr, the current Warriors football coach. The letters of the club stand for Character, Heart, …

Fitness in Education: The Most Important Lesson?

Coach Bres Case Studies, Nutrition, Physical Education, Teaching 2 Comments

For many years, Physical Education wrongfully took a back-seat to the “serious” academic subjects. Teachers and students alike were more concerned with math or history class, on passing state exams or getting a good SAT score. Thankfully, in recent years that paradigm has shifted a bit. We’ve finally begun to realize a fundamental fact of life: If you don’t learn …

Fix Your Deadlift

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For good reason, the Deadlift is beloved by coaches everywhere. It is an excellent way to develop pure, total body strength as well as reinforce good posture and proper mechanics that relate to many other movements. Unfortunately, though, it is also a movement where strength can trump form – it’s too easy to do it the wrong way. You can …

Snow Day? Workout Anyway.

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Snowstorm ruining your week of training? A day off from school and away from the gym doesn’t have to be unproductive. Even being stuck in the house, we can put together a simple yet effective workout for our athletes. There are a myriad of possibilities, including the use of weighted objects like backpacks, rolled towels as abmats, and all sorts …