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What Are The Best Lifts To Train For Ultimate?

In 2015, I wrote in a letter to Texas Showdown that ultimate players were, on average, too weak. “Too weak” referred to weight lifted in the powerlifts, the Olympic lifts, and bodyweight strength standards like the pushup and pullup. Ultimate players, in my mind, had…

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Why Speed and Endurance Training Cannot Be Mixed

Like most, I love cake. Given the opportunity, I would probably have it every day. At the same time, I love bourbon. If it were feasible, I would probably have it every day as well. From a health perspective, the combination of cake and bourbon…

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Should I Choose a Coach or Personal Trainer?

There are two types of athletes: those who play for fun and those who play to win. The distinction determines what type of help you should seek if you desire to get better. I commented on Melissa Witmer’s Skyd article “Ultimate’s CrossFit Problem” that ultimate players…

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Why Is Strength Important For Athletes?

ATX Speed and Strength is about making athletes stronger, faster, leaner and better on the field of play. My training method focuses on making an athlete as strong as possible in the least time and using the least energy. That way, an athlete has plenty…

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How to Progress Faster in Strength Training

Progress in strength training for athletes is about momentum. When athletes ask me about lifting programs to get better in their sport, I always reply with three words, in the same order: Consistency Volume Intensity For an athlete new to strength training, “just lifting” three times per…

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