Culture of Confidence: How Defiance High School supports it’s female athletes

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During a cold winter day in Ohio, the Defiance High School Girls Basketball Team finished up an in season weight training session as Coach Rafael Manriquez posed a question to his athletes, “What is the one thing we have done differently this year?” Although many actions combined to their successful season of over 20 total wins, one thing that stood …

School Spotlight: Archbishop McNicholas (OH)

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Location:  Cincinnati, OH Enrollment: 665 Students, Co-Ed School-Type: Private Sports using PLT4M: Girls and Boys Basketball, Boys Soccer, Football Interviewee:  Shawn Gillette, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Interview Q: Tell me about your role at Archbishop McNicholas and who you work with? A: I have been the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Archbishop McNicholas for the last five years. I work …

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SMR for Mobility & Recovery

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Widely used and often the focus of hot training takes, SMR (or Self Myofascial Release), is a warm up and recovery mechanism we believe in here at PLT4M. SMR is by no means a be all end all cure for mobility, recovery, or performance goals, but when used in conjunction with a balanced training program, it can be a very …

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Teaching the Clean

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One of the most technically difficult movements to learn and perform well, the clean is also one of the most beneficial. It’s a dynamic blend of strength and power development, full body mobility, and precise proprioception. It’s no surprise it’s often referred to as one of the most athletic lifts. Starting new athletes in the clean can be a tricky …

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Deadlift Technique Drill

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At PLT4M, we’re total sticklers for proper deadlift form. We love the lift as a tool for developing raw strength as well as a rigorous reinforcement of core stability, posterior chain mobility, and spinal alignment and posture. Too often, though, we see young athletes pulling heavy loads off of the ground with sub-par technique or worse. Not only are they …