Kettlebell Training: What Does the Science Say?
    Kettlebells are an efficient and effective tool to utilize in the tactical field when space is limited or resources are scarce. With limited resources, the tactical athlete can still develop their physiological profile by utilizing kettlebells.
    What is the Scientific Basis of Speed and Agility
    Why do various training protocols work more than others? What is happening “behind-the-scenes” of speed and agility development? Dr. Bruce Craig discusses the adaptations that take place for the central nervous system to accommodate accordingly. These adaptations are what lead to enhanced speed and agility development.
    Training Considerations for a Fitness Challenge
    In this article, Steve Rhyan provides training considerations for such fitness challenges. He discusses the importance of (relative) strength, power, and anaerobic conditioning to the successful completion of the event and wraps it all up with program design recommendations.
    Conditioning for Combative and Defensive Tactics
    Combat calls for more than maximum strength. At times, close combat can last for more than 3 min, so it is imperative that tactical operators include conditioning into their training programs to be prepared for all possible scenarios. Chris Mooney offers a program that consists of training three days per week to enhance conditioning levels for combat readiness.
    General Safety Considerations for the Power Clean
    Leo Totten writes on the importance of safety when teaching and completing the power clean. There are several considerations that are not readily seen when performing power cleans. These include lifting on appropriate surfaces, not using spotters, lifting in separate areas of the facility, using appropriate barbells, wearing proper lifting shoes, wearing belts at the appropriate times, and using straps at appropriate times.
    Using the Body Weight Forward Lunge to Screen an Athlete’s Lunge Pattern
    In this article, the authors explain the kinematics and kinetics of the forward lunge and provide a simple explanation as to the interconnectedness of the ankle, knee, hip, and lumbar spine. When performing the forward lunge, any deficits (mobility or stability) in these areas are readily identified—making your job as a personal trainer much easier.
    Variations of Periodization of Strength
    Tudor Bompa writes on variations in periodization models in adapting to strength training. The basic model of periodization in training for strength is not applicable to every sport or athlete. Bompa lays out several periodization models for varying physical characteristics and sports and lists how they should be developed.
    How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers
    In this article, author Doug Jackson defines the concept of self-efficacy and explains how it impacts exercise behavior. Interestingly, exercise itself also improves self-efficacy. Jackson wraps up the article with related, practical tips that personal trainers can use with their clients to increase exercise adherence and achievement of specific personal fitness goals.
    Training the Human Weapons’ Platform: The Squat
    The most dreaded and likely most effective exercise known to man, the squat, is responsible for turning mere humans into human weapons. Add these variations to your program with the utmost efficiency.
    A Pragmatic Approach to High School Weight Training
    Bob Alejo writes on the importance of utilizing a practical approach for developing proper high school strength programs. Entry and non-entry athletes both require specific preparatory phases of training, which is covered, along with other program specifics. Implementation of subtle, gradual changes, along with controlling volume to perform the least amount of work for the most benefit is warranted.