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Chalk Talk – Episode 19 – Jump Into Plyos

Chalk Talk – Episode 19 – Jump Into Plyos 

Everyone high school athlete wants to have the biggest and best vertical. Plyometrics are the only way to work on that right?

Coach Breslin and Coach Reno JUMP in on the plyo discussion and talk about what a well-rounded strength and conditioning program can do for an athlete’s jumping.

Time Stamps: 
Part 1: Plyometrics Defined
  • Jump Training: What is Plyometrics? (0:40-6:53)
  • All the Different Types of Plyos (6:53-10:14)
  • Examples of Plyos in Programming (10:14-14:50)
Part 2: Plyo FAQ
  • What about a Plyo only Program? (15:24-22:54)
  • What about “Upper Body Plyos?” (22:54-25:07)
  • What about adding in “Resistance Bands?” (25:07-30:40)
  • Moving Through Space (30:40-33:24)
Bonus: 
  • What about Plyo Boxes? (34:00-42:00)

 

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Loyola Academy

Off-Season Roadmap – How Commitment Drives Results

Off-Season Roadmap – How Commitment Drives Results

Coaches love boasting about their off-season. It is the classic post about commitment like, ‘We had 60 Off-Season Athletes show up before school and get better today!” Or the celebratory results post like, “Check out Jimmy hitting his new PR. Big things to come with the way he is working this off-season.” 

But how do we get the commitment and results worth boasting about? We talked to veteran strength coach Jeff Lindeman about the keys to continual off-season success.

Meet The Coach

Jeff Lindeman
Jeff Lindeman, CSCS, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola Academy in Illinois.
Jeff is recognized as a PLT4M Coaches Club Ambassador and is featured in “How a Nationally Ranked High School Trains It’s High School Athletes.” 

Q: As a veteran coach, what is one of the most frequently asked questions you get from other coaches looking to build a strength and conditioning program? 

A: One of the biggest focuses is the off-season and weight room. People always ask me how do you build commitment among athletes in the off-season? 

For us we have upwards of 60-70 athletes in the weight room at a time which is awesome! That has to come from a tradition and set of expectations set by the coach. Then it is carried about by the team. 

Q:  How do you see that off-season tradition growing year over year with the teams you work with? 

A: The freshmen who first got their feet wet are now thinking about sophomore year.

The sophomores feel that they were growing and starting to see results. Now they look at the weight room as the place to develop into upperclassmen. 

For juniors, the off-season is going to be one of their last chances to get better before senior year. It almost becomes a right of passage to start owning and leading the weight room.

Year over year, tradition and commitment are built as the athletes see results at different levels.  

Q: What type of results do you think the kids are drawn to most? 

A: For some, results are as simple as looking in the mirror.  They look and can see that they are getting bigger or stronger. Others are just excited to see maybe some flab turn into muscle. 

And then the numbers and graphs we use with PLT4M go a long way. They see improvement through ‘worksets’ week over week and know that what they are doing is having a big impact. A lot of times a traditional max day is a stressful time and not everyone improves as much as they want. I love using ‘worksets’ because it helps everyone see results. 

Q: A lot of PLT4M programs use a ‘workset’ on the final set, but you do things a little differently with your programming that you like to use. How do you like to use the ‘workset’? 

A: So I have the ‘worksets’ programmed on the three final sets. For example, after warming up we do a lot of 3-5-7 or 4-6-8 rep schemes. Each of those 3 main sets will allow them to check-in. 

The whole idea is that the athlete’s max can only go up if they hit all the reps on all 3 sets. If at some point in the 3 sets the athlete cannot hit all the reps, they might go down by 5 pounds or stay the same for that week.

Because of worksets we are able to take the guess work out of what weights athletes should be doing.

Q: Why do you like the ‘workset’ approach?

A: Kids have so much on their plates. They are bombarded with the stress of social pressures, parents, academics, and just thinking about what comes next. You might not get the whole picture of where people are at, because it just might not be some people’s day. 

With ‘worksets’ you can get that more continual feedback through the app and do it without the stress. We have seen so much progress and gains from doing it this way. We are able to use these ‘worksets’ across all our core lifts.

Kids get excited about them each week and I do not have to go crazy over trying to update everything on my own. You know, it is not like college strength programs where you have tons of coaches in the room guiding athletes through every step of the way. It has made the off- season simple but effective. 

Q: And with this style of worksets and training have you changed anything over the years? 

A: At first, I did not use the workset with cleans. I just avoided it and kept it simple with typical percentage based sets. 

 After talking with some other coaches, I was willing to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed. I saw athletes jump up dramatically. Even my son, who is a junior, is up over a 300 pound clean. 

And let me be clear on that, if it is ugly it does not count. That goes for any lift and any athlete. You have to be able to perform things cleanly. It is part of the expectations we build in the off-season. 

So for those who come consistently during the off-season, they will see results and progress. From there, the tradition and commitment will come. 

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PLT4M is a community of coaches and teachers working #InPursuitOfBetter. Our goal at PLT4M is to share the voices, stories and best practices of educators across the country. Reach out to Doug Curtin ([email protected]) to be featured on PLT4M.

Chalk Talk – Episode 18 – HS S&C “The Beast” Feat. Mike Winkler CSCS

Chalk Talk – Episode 18 – HS Strength & Conditioning “The Beast” Feat. Mike Winkler CSCS

High School Strength and Conditioning is unlike any other level of S+C. Coach Mike Winkler, CSCS has spent time at the college and pro level but has embraced the beast of HS Strength & Conditioning.

Mike Winkler is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Archbishop Hoban High School (OH), the NHSSCA Ohio State Director, and recognized as the NHSSCA Regional Strength Coach of the Year. 

Coach Winkler talks about growing bonds in the weight room, educating other sport coaches, and the power of the NHSSCA. 

Check out Archbishop Hoban’s Weight Room. And follow them on Twitter @Hoban_Strength. 

Time Stamps: 
Part 1: Building A Program
  • Building A Bond In The Weight Room  (1:00-3:20)
  • Mike Winkler’s Background and Move To High School (3:20-6:55)
  • Keep The Team Together – Do Different Things (6:55-9:45) 
  • Educate Coaches – If You Teach It, They Will Come….“You want to work with everyone. But DON’T RUSH” (9:45-16:40)
  • Manging Multi-Sport Athletes (16:40-19:30) 
Part 2: NHSSCA
  • NHSSCA – For HS Strength Coaches, By HS Strength Coaches (20:15- 22:45)
  • 2-3 Phone Calls A Week – Mentorship and Relationships (22:45-24:50)
  • Addressing High School S+C – The Dream (24:50-30:10)
  • Signing Off (30:10-31-31:40)  

 

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EP17

Chalk Talk – Episode 17 – Stressed Out – Finding Balance in PE

Chalk Talk – Episode 17 – Stressed Out – Finding Balance in PE 

Students are more stressed-out than ever before. Where in their lives can we help them find balance? Physical Education. 

Molly Collins, PE Teacher, talks about building relationships, being vulnerable, and understanding that not every day is perfect….for students or teachers. 

This episode is sponsored by the PLT4M Essay Contest. Students across the country have the chance to think and write creatively as to why PE is important to them this October. 

Time Stamps: 
Part 1: Activity + Relationships: 
  • Molly Collins Introduction (1:00-2:52)
  • Kids are Stressed: Facts and Feelings Behind It (2:52-5:57)
  • Building Relationships. Seeing The Whole Picture of Students “I don’t forget this is a WELLNESS class.” (5:57-9:50)
  • Storytime with Collins: Being Vulnerable For Your Students (9:50-12:20)
  • Knowing When to Adjust “You can observe a lot just by watching”-Yogi Bera  (12:20-17:30) 
  • Meeting Them At The Door…Growing Relationships (17:30-19:30)

Go check out Molly’s article “The New Age of PE: Purpose, Passion and Pride”

Part 2: Flexibility + Feedback: 
  • Making Changes Mid Class – Trial and Error..But Never Forget the Music (19:30-24:20) 
  • Stretching For Recovery Assignment: Responses and Results (25:20-29:00)
  • The Science Behind Stress (29-33:20)  
Bonus: Brody James: A Dog’s Life (33:40-40:31) 

 

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PLT4M Essay Contest

THE PROBLEM:

A new company, ‘Sedentary Industries LLC’, is setting up their new headquarters in your town.  They do not like any type of physical activity or fitness.  Even worse they want to CANCEL physical education for high school students.

THE TASK:

In less than 750 words, you have to convince ‘Sedentary Industries’ that physical education is important to you. Why does physical activity and fitness matter to you?

You can use any style of writing that you believe will change their minds about Physical Education and Fitness!

Do you have a personal experience that you think would convince them that PE is important? Or do you think research and data would help persuade them? It is entirely up to you on how you approach your argument.

SUBMIT AND WIN:

Submit your essay to PLT4M and enter to win!
 Finalists will have the opportunity to be featured on PLT4M’s Website. The overall winner receives $250, PLT4M Gear, and will be featured on the PLT4M Blog.
All submissions are due by October 31st and can be entered below.
Eligibility and Requirements: 
  • The contest deadline is October 31st, 2019
  • Essays can be no more than 750 words. There is no minimum word requirement. You can be convincing in a few paragraphs or 749 words! Essays over 750 words will not be considered. 
  • Essays must be the original work of the student
  • All students in grades 9-12 are eligble to participate (Must 13 Years or Older)
Judging and Evaluation: 
  • Essays will be reviewed and voted on by a panel of PLT4M Team Members and Physical Education Teachers.
Criteria For Judging: 
  • Essay’s ability to present a compelling argument 
  • Essay’s effectiveness in expressing an original point-of-view
  • Essay has literary style, as well as appropriate grammar and spelling

PRIVACY POLICY

  • All information submitted in connection with entry to this Contest shall be governed by Sponsor’s privacy policy (at https://www.plt4m.com/privacy-policy/).
  • By entering this Contest, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy.
  • Contest finalists and winner will be featured on PLT4M’s website. The decisions of PLT4M with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matter relating to this Contest, shall be final and binding.
  • Winners will be notified via email and must respond to email notification within ten (10) days of receipt. Winners may also be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release.
  • In order for winner to accept prize, PLT4M requires the authorization of the parent or guardian.
  • Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.
Episode 16 - Recruiting 101

Chalk Talk – Episode 16 – Recruiting 101: Featuring Greg Hadley

Chalk Talk – Episode 16 – Recruiting 101: Feat. Greg Hadley 

High School Athletics can be the stepping stone for students to “make it to the next level.” Getting recruited is a young athlete’s dream. So how does it all work? 

We talk with college coach Greg Hadley about juggling camps, social media, and all of the in’s and out’s of recruiting.

Time Stamps: 

Part 1: What Do You Bring To The Table?

  • Introduction to Greg Hadley – College Football Coach (0:00-3:10)
  • Can you Play? Ok Great, But What About Everything Else (3:10-7:02) 
  • High School Coaches Need to Be Honest (7:02-12:34) 
  • Camps: What Are They Good For? (12:34-18:20)
  • Balancing Training and your Summer with Camps, Camps, and Camps (18:20-22:45) 

Part 2: Exposure in the Age of Social Media

  • Exposure: “Phones have become loaded guns…”  (23:20- 27:30)
  • Branding Yourself via Social Media Interactions (27:30-32:15)
  • Know Yourself and Where You Fit (32:15-35:15)
  • Make Connections with Coaches, But Remember, as Recruiters “It is our job to find you” (35:15-38:40)
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