Be Strong, Be Kind

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

When and How to Use Accessory Movements in Strength Development

Dave Van Skike One of the most common mistakes made by self-guided strength trainees and inexperienced coaches is the inappropriate use of excessive variety and inappropriate accessory or secondary movements.  In most weight rooms, accessory movements get used by the inexperienced to combat boredom without much thought to using the movement to advance the overall goal: Grow Stronger.  This is in part because of a failure to recognize the demanding […]

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The Horse Latitudes

One of my friends aptly used this name for that period of training when you’re just doing work and not really seeing much progress.  Practice the skills, move the weight, recover, and repeat.  If you recall from high school history, the Horse Latitudes, also known as the Doldrums was that area of the tropical ocean where the wind just wouldn’t blow, the rain wouldn’t fall, and it would take a […]

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Finally a new post.

I was competing at the Highland Games in Maryland two weeks ago when I was approached by a couple who had seen me compete the year before.  They were happy to see me, but also concerned that I hadn’t posted on my blog in over a year.  I was both flattered and a little surprised, but when I thought about it, I haven’t update my blog since last July.  I […]

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How to Be a Better Coach

Sara Fleming Coaching is more than just a thing I do for fun.  It is an integral part of who I am as a teacher, parent, trainer, and athlete.  I’ve coached and trained athletes in a number of individual sports: weightlifting, powerlifting, track and field, as well as a number of recreational and endurance events.  Regardless of the sport, the lessons I learned training horses to compete are the ones […]

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Triad of Dysfunction in Youth Fitness and Sports

Sara Fleming and David Van Skike The youth fitness issues making headlines these days are childhood obesity and sports injuries.  According to the CDC, in 2012, over one third of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese.  At the seemingly opposite end of the spectrum, in 2009, over 2.6 million children were treated in hospitals for injuries related to sports or recreation.  This number does not take into […]

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Childhood Obesity

As some of you may know, in addition to being a coach/trainer/mom, I am a professor for the ISSA’s online college.  I also teach a seminar designed specifically for trainers and coaches and have written a book on training in the context of the bigger picture and how to utilize your training knowledge in the most effective and compassionate way.  Coming up in October, I will have the privilege of […]

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Coaches and Athletes and Why Four-Fifths Is Faster Than All Out

Sara Fleming My Practical Strength colleague, Dave Van Skike, has a saying he got from his father who used to race motorcycles: “Four-fifths is faster than all out”. This may sound nonsensical at first, but when we put it in the context of racing, you can start to understand that going as fast as you possibly can robs you of the control and precision you need to perform well. If […]

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