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Strength coach, trainer educator, writer, mom to three awesome kids, pie enthusiast. Creating monsters since 2009.

How to Train Like a Scientist

Before becoming a mom, and a trainer, and a coach, I spent about 10 years working as a research scientist in a variety of labs.  I’ve worked in both the university and commercial setting as well as both medical and environmental labs and with a number of different teachers, mentors, students, and objectives.  The most wonderful thing about working in a lab as a research scientist is that regardless of […]

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The Importance of Being Kind

As a coach, I know a few things about human nature.   Understanding the individuals you are working with is key to motivating them to improve performance, push beyond their current abilities, and most importantly, believe they are capable.  And I’m not just talking about confidence here, there are many athletes out there who are confident in the tasks they already know they can do and can deliver a consistent performance […]

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Alex Van Houten of the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) and Defining Dad Bod interviewed Dave and Sara on some basic questions about developing foundational strength and coaching.  See the interview below.

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We have some more video presentations and interviews in the pipeline.  What would you like to hear us talk about?  What questions do you have?  And who would you like to hear more from?  Leave your questions in the comments or feel free to email us at practicalstrengthfortrainers@gmail.com

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Get Big to Get Small or How I Handed My Training Over to a Figure Coach

So, last Fall was tough.  After a full year of coaching and competing myself, I ended up coaching my sons’ cross country team while simultaneously training a few lifters and throwers in the early mornings in addition to all the other teaching, parenting, etc. I do.  So, when all that was done and all the meets were over, I was feeling pretty beat up.  I hadn’t recovered from the damage […]

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Peak Performance, Less is More, and the true value of learning

On the weekly insistence of a friend and colleague, for like the last million weeks, I finally got myself a copy of Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness.  But, being the eternally busy and distracted person I am, I never had a chance to sit down and read it while also being awake and intellectually curious.  Yesterday, however, I did the most brilliant thing:  I downloaded the audio […]

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Owning Your Success and How Our Team Won the Conference Lacrosse Championship

We often talk about taking charge of our own success when it comes to training and competing in strength sports.  This also applies to team sports, endurance sports, and pretty much any kind of competition you may engage in.  But, what exactly, does that mean? As a last minute assistant lacrosse coach this past season, I actually saw this happen in real life at my son’s championship lacrosse game.  I’ve […]

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How to get started . . . .

I routinely get messages from people who want to be powerlifters, weightlifters, throwers, or other things involving advanced athletics.  If they want to work with me, I always ask them a series of questions revolving around this central concept:  Where are you now? This was 2015.  She’s still working on squatting better.   In other words, what are you currently doing?  Are you strength training?  Training at all?  Playing a sport?  […]

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