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Category Archives: Training Philosophies

Are large numbers in the bench press, power clean and squat what athletes should be focusing on when training?  This is a very open ended question and certainly varies with the sport, but the point is that with any program for an “athlete”, ultimately they need to be able to move on the court or field of play. 

Can you have high numbers in each of the areas above and be a good athelte?  Yes…if these numbers are gained without sacrificing your ability to have flexibility, mobility and agility. 

Remember that the key to any good program is knowing the demands of the sport.  Once you know the demands of the sport, one applies the science into the program, and good results will occur.  Too often big numbers cloud both the coaches’ and atheltes’ decision making skills and technique, sacrificing the ability of the athlete to perform their highest level, and/or their ability to stay healthy. 

Train smarter.


One of the best things about the staff at SVSP is the diversity and quality of the coaching.  One of the newest staff members at SVSP, Carol Happ, brings great experience in kettlebell training.  Coach Happ did some staff development with our staff yesterday.  What is a kettlebell anyway?

A ‘kettlebell’ or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. The ultimate tool for extreme all-round fitness.

The kettlebell goes way back, it first appeared in a Russian dictionary in 1704 (Cherkikh, 1994). So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik, or ‘a kettlebell man’.

“Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics,” reported Russian magazine Hercules in 1913.

I have not done any kettlebell training in the past.  Having gone through a 90 minute instructional session with Carol, I have a lot to learn, and see the benefits that kettlebell training can bring to all athletes.  Generating power through the hips, teaching good squat technique, developing good control of your body in space, are just a few of the benefits of this kind of training.

Check this link out for more info on kettlebells and kettlebell training:

Recovery and Regeneration are the limiting factors to much of our training prescriptions.  We know with more control over the athletes’ recovery and down time, the better quality and quantity of training we can prescribe.  When our NBA and NFL athletes are here for combine preparation we greatly influence their rest, nutrition, supplementation, recovery and regeneration as well as their training programs.  This allows us to prescribe programs of great volume that include intense quality movements and exercises.


Sleep is a critical part of recovery.  Most athletes need 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night beginning and ending at about the same times.  Too much sleep, too little sleep or long naps can inhibit the bodies ability to adapt to the stresses of training.  Deep sleep will encourage the release of hormones for recovery of muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the immune system.  Lighter sleep stages will help to reinforce neural patterns stimulated during training sessions. 


Keep training smarter!