Lessons Learned in Pursuit of a Bench Press PR

by Rijad Pekmez People were cheering as a bar loaded with 370 pounds hovered above my chest. If I were to drop it, I’d be in serious trouble. Knox College was hosting a collegiate powerlifting meet and I was on my last bench press attempt of the day. After a controlled descent, I held for…

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Why “Find Your Passion” is Bad Advice

Find your passion is a common piece of advice. It’s the wrong advice. Passion fades. This is a scientific truth we should all recognize. The body will always strive for homeostasis. When thrown out of whack, it will come back to balance. Passion throws the body out of whack – pleasantly, of course – but…

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Conspicuous Penalty for Incognito: the new Raiders culture?

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders acquired some of the NFL’s most controversial players this offseason. The addition of Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and Richie Incognito excited many Raiders fans, who hoped for a rekindling of the aggressive, outlaw culture of 1980s Raider Nation. Visions of Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, and Lyle Alzedo danced in…

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3 Ways to Coach for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice

By guest author, Maurice McDavid The role of “Coach” is one of the most impactful positions a person can have. The Good Athlete Project firmly believes in the research-backed idea that athletics provide a learning environment that is one of the most adept at producing results. Imbedded in daily practice, bus rides, and countless interactions…

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Playing ‘For Us’ vs Playing ‘Against Them’

I am lucky to have been part of some amazing teams. In high school we won a Conference Championship and consistently knocked off top-ranked teams in the state; in college we were one of the winningest classes in school history; after college, my career was highlighted by National Championships in both Ireland and Spain. All…

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The Trouble with Mindfulness

This article was originally published by Just Breathe Magazine. His task was not to envision the future or ruminate on the past, but to be in the moment. Just to be “where [his] feet are.” When Tom Brady is facing an opposing defense in the fourth quarter of any number of his come-from-behind wins, his…

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Beyond Strength Clinic, Palos Hills: Life After Sport

By Jennifer Foust Ingrid began her gymnastics career before the age of two and went on to become a competitive college athlete. With a gymnast background and a significant level of strength, she found Olympic Weightlifting and qualified for the American Open and the US National Championships within her first few months of training. After…

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Head Impacts: Everyone, and Every One, Counts

This year, more than 100 million high school athletes will take the field… or court, or pool. No matter what sport they play, head injuries are possible. It’s not just football coaches who need to keep an eye out. All coaches need to be conscious of athlete safety. As coaches, we hold the reigns. Speaking…

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“Eat Better Dessert” with Dr. Ian Smith

There is a direct relationship between nutrition, cognition, and emotion that we would all benefit from understanding. Our physical state impacts our psychological state – that truth is unavoidable. Once that relationship is realized and an individual hopes to improve their nutrition habits, the next question is often, how? As coaches, we are tasked with…

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The Application of Appropriate Load Method in a High School Strength Setting

In Strength & Conditioning, like so many fields, we learn from those who came before us. That’s how it works. When selecting our own strategies and behaviors, we refer to those who have been there, done it, and accomplished what we too would like to accomplish. Youth coaches often look to high school coaches for…

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