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Strength Coaching 101: Summer School Edition

By: Schuyler Schmidt

This summer I had the privilege of interning with the strength coach of a local professional hockey team. Working alongside an already established strength coach was an incredible learning experience for a novice like me. Here are some of my thoughts and observations for other aspiring strength coaches.

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How Lifting Weights Made Me More of a Woman

The following is a guest post from Rouzeen Imaan, a 3rd year AHS student and first-time contributor to the WARRIORS blog. To learn more about Rouzeen, check out her bio at the bottom of the page. In this article, Rouzeen shares her personal story about how weight lifting drastically changed her life and helped her grow into a strong, confident woman. Enjoy! – Austin

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By: Rouzeen Imaan

This article isn’t here to tell you how lifting weights will give you a fantastic female body — high perky butt, great legs and a great set of abs. That’s not what I mean by “more of a woman”.  Women can look any damn way they want. I’m trying to dig a little deeper.

Let’s start with me.

I’m 22 years young. Female. Indian. Muslim. Bodybuilder.

  Stereotypes, come at me.

In high school, I wore a headscarf, a decision that wasn’t really mine but came with the turf of being the daughter of a priest. A priest’s daughter, that’s right. As a result of not being able to portray myself the way I wanted to, I had pathetically low levels of self-esteem. At heart I was an extrovert who lacked confidence to do all the extrovert things I wanted to do, like dance in public and twerk on a goose. Continue reading

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5 Exercises My Ego Prevented Me From Doing

By: Schuyler Schmidt

I have an ego. I’ll admit it. I’m not above taking a quick glance around the gym, making note of the exercises others are doing and mentally declaring myself better. In my mind, I’m the strongest, fastest, and best trained person in the gym. In reality, my stubbornness and pride have created more holes in my training than I care to admit. Check your ego at the door, like I did, and see if you can’t also benefit from some “too easy” exercises.

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The 3 Days of Working Out

By: Schuyler Schmidt

Summer break means more time to play around with my workouts. In April, I devised a new workout strategy that would allow me to stay in shape while also becoming more technically sound in my lifts, learn new stuff, and enjoy the wonderful heat and humidity of a Pennsylvania summer.

Listening to a podcast while driving to work recently, I discovered that Gray Cook already had this exact same idea, which he calls, “Practice Days, Training Days, and Fun Days.” Here is my take on this training routine… Continue reading

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Learn to Train 6: Give Back

By: Kory Allen

I realize this seminar was almost 4 weeks ago and this review should have been completed not long after the seminar finished… However, my mind has been too boggled from the assault of knowledge and awesome this weekend entailed, therefore prolonging it’s release. Now I think I’ve finally been able to digest what was learned, and the last bit of Chipotle’s has exited my system, allowing me to formalize my thoughts into this summary.

The weekend was composed of a lot of learning and unlearning. It involved tones of growth and an atmosphere hard to replicate in any other gym on the planet. Some serious poundage’s were ripped from the floor, squatted, and pressed to the heavens above.

Live. Learn. Pass on.

…was the core message of the weekend and these jedi (masters of force) were kind enough to take their time to educate myself, other lifters, and coaches on how to train.

 lttApparently you can fit this much brilliance in one room.

For the sake of the EliteFTS motto, it is my responsibility to pass the experience and knowledge I acquired from these brilliant minds on to you. Without further ado, here are the presenters and the biggest nuggets of wisdom I learned from each of them.

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8 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was A High School Athlete

By: Schuyler Schmidt

What a difference a few years of learning makes! My high school “glory days” as a varsity swimmer and runner would have been so much more “glorious” if I had known then what I know now about reaching peak performance.

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Push Through Discomfort, Not Pain

The following is a guest post by fellow Personal Trainer and volunteer S&C Coach, Brendan Pinto. In this article, Brendan discusses the difference between pain and discomfort, and how to assess the feedback your body provides during exercise. As always, enjoy! – Austin

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By: Brendan Pinto

Randy Zab, my dryland coach when I was an age group swimmer, would put us through grueling core exercises at the end of our dryland sessions. At this point, we would all struggle to hold a plank. Some would just give up and say they couldn’t do it because it hurt too much. In order to get us to do it without giving up he would tell us to “push through discomfort, not pain”.

We don’t only feel pain and discomfort when we are fatigued. Usually athletes or clients will complain of “pain” while doing an exercise with the onset of the slightest uneasiness. There is no doubt that the best step of action to take is to stop the exercise and avoid injury. No one likes being injured, but how do we know if the “pain” we feel is actually pain or just discomfort?

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