Weightroom Wisdom

In his new book, Weight Room Wisdom, Ron McKeefery recognizes the “opportunities our work affords us to provide a positive influence on the lives of those we train.” He’s not talking about winning a championship. He refers instead to the idea that some of the most empowering moments in an athlete’s life come not from…

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Championship Swim Culture through Dryland Routines

By Mac Guy and Jim Davis This article was originally published in NISCA Magazine as a compliment to a presentation by Coaches Guy and Davis at the 2017 ASCA World Conference. In 2016, the swim team we worked with was full of hard workers, dedicated student-athletes, and talented individuals. On the first day of dryland…

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Decoding Cam: A Case for Clarity in Our Evaluation of Leadership

This article was originally published by the Good Men Project in 2016, after the Carolina Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton was harshly criticized, and I felt that some clarity was needed in the discussion. Thanks to the original editors for printing this article. With the surprise dominance of…

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The Redskins are Giving Reuben Foster a Chance, He Needs to Make the Most of It

This is a repost of an original PennLive publication – click here to read the original article  On Nov. 25, the day after Reuben Foster was arrested – for the second time this year – on suspicion of domestic violence, the San Francisco 49ers released him. By Nov. 27, Foster had been claimed off waivers by the Washington…

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Fight Fans Deserve Better than McGregor

Fight fans, you deserve better. Conor McGregor recently posted a picture of Khabib Nurmagomedov sitting beside his bride, whose face was covered in the traditional fashion of their religion. McGregor added the quote, “Your wife is a towel mate.” It is the sort of comment that might have succeeded in getting him a laugh at…

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Beyond Strength: Powerlifting at Knox College

The word “powerlifting” sounds intimidating. If you search the word on Instagram, you will find massive, muscled-up people shouting through maximum efforts in gyms all over the world. It is intense. Intensity is part of the fun of a powerlifting event, but when done well, it can be far more valuable than that. On February…

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Self-Talk and Mentorship: A Lesson from the NAKHE Conference, 2019

The language we use to frame our experience will define our experience. Though it may seem obvious, it is clear that students, coaches, and professionals often fail to enlist the power of accurate framing for an optimal outcome. Worse still, we complain. Too often we identify problems as though the complaint itself is the solution.…

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Opting Out of Bowl Games: Addressing Audience Concerns

The feedback we’ve gotten from the original article is fantastic – thank you to all who wrote in! There seemed to be two camps of responses, which might overlap. Many of you identified that, if one of your players were considering opting out of their bowl game, you would sit down with the player individually…

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Money, Grit, and Opting Out of Bowl Games

For the second time in two years, the Stanford football team will enter the Sun Bowl without their starting running back. Christian McCaffrey started this trend when he sat out of the Sun Bowl in 2016. Bryce Love will now abstain from this year’s Sun Bowl, leaving his teammates to finish their careers without him.…

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The Wildcat Way

The athletes were down on a knee, catching their breaths after a long practice, when 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year Pat Fitzgerald addressed the team. He mentioned highlights of the day, where he believed the team could improve, and how “salty” their upcoming opponent will be. The Wildcats play Utah on Dec. 31st…

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