Thu, 25 February 2016
The NFL combine is one of the most watched test in America. The question I have for people is this a good evaluator of football players. Does this show you a great athlete or a great player? Listen to my take on the combine.
Thu, 18 February 2016
Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the strength & conditioning coach for the nationally renowned, Nike elite DeMatha Catholic High School basketball program. Alan brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal from over a decade of extensive work with elite high school, college, and NBA players.
Alan’s passion, enthusiasm, and innovative training techniques make him one of the world’s leading experts on productive training for basketball players. He is a performance consultant for Nike Basketball as well as the head conditioning coach for the annual Jordan Brand Classic, the CP3 Elite Guard Camp and the Nike Basketball Summer Skills Academies. Alan is a former camp coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp as well as the former strength & conditioning coach for the McDonald’s All-American game.
Alan lives outside of Washington D.C. and is the proud father of Luke, Jack (aka The Born Backcourt) and Lyla.
You can follow Alan on Twitter at @AlanStein
Thu, 11 February 2016
Rick Hagedorn is a professional speed and sports performance coach and a former high school football and track and field sprint coach from Orange County, California.
As a high school football coach, Coach Hagedorn is the proud owner of three CIF Championship rings and states that all three teams had two things in common: great players and great speed.
As a speed coach, he has privately trained many individual athletes and teams for sports requiring speed development. He not only trains high school athletes in getting ready for the Nike Combines, but also trains college football athletes in preparation for the NFL Draft and the various team Pro Days. He counts California CIF Champions in football, basketball and baseball, California State Champions in football and track and field, and a football seven time Hawaii State Champion as programs that have adopted the Speedburner approach to training. As a Nike sponsored speed coach and a certified SPARQ national trainer in conjunction with Student Sports Magazine promoting Nike's "You're Faster Than You Think" speed initiative, the Nike Speed Showdown brought Speedburners to life, and convinced him to broaden his athlete base to accommodate the incredible demand for speed training. For that reason, Speedburners was founded in the summer of 2004.
Since then, the Speedburner system has spread across the country as he has visited many cities conducting speed camps and clinics. Coach Hagedorn says the most rewarding aspects about Speedburners is how well they are received in all of the cities, how much fun the athletes have while they're training, and seeing the difference it makes in their athletic performances in their respective sports.
Rick Hagedorn has written articles on speed development for Student Sports Magazine, Volleyball Magazine, SPARQ Magazine,and Athletes.com, the world's largest training site. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazine, Local Hype Magazine, Nike SPARQ Training, CBS Sports Stars of Tomorrow, 1560 The Game Radio Show in Houston, ESPN Radio, ESPN Radio Hawaii, The Josh Pacheco Show, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Online, NBC Strikeforce Fights, America Online MMA, the Orange County Register, ABC Houston, and various newspapers around the country. Speedburners has been featured in video shoots for Local Hype Magazine, AquaHydrate water, 2XU compression gear, and an HBO training shoot featuring Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko. He also has worked as a technical advisor for Nike on video, commercial and photo shoots and worked with LaDainian Tomlinson for action shots for ESPN the Magazine at the University of San Diego.
The belief that there is not a sport that isn't speed based is reflected in the athletes and sports represented in the Speedburner system. Sports and athletes in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, swimming, golf, water polo, wrestling, mixed martial arts, volleyball, track and field, cross country, rugby, ice hockey, ice skating, dance, bobsled racing, and fitness, all employ speed.
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Thu, 4 February 2016
Coach Kavanaugh specializes in sports performance training. He has trained over 25,000 athletes, including hundreds of Division I college athletes, as well as NFL, MLB, NBA, Olympic athletes and UFC fighters. He is a former elite athlete with such credentials as being a high school All-American football player, a member of the Junior U.S. National Wrestling team, and Junior Olympic decathlete. He began training and coaching while still in high school, and after an injury ended his playing career, turned his passion and talent to helping others improve their game. He brings his training expertise to all levels – from professionals, to college athletes preparing for their chance at the next level, to high school and youth athletes looking to improve their skills and confidence, to individuals recovering from injuries – anyone who is serious about their fitness goals.
Having worked with, trained with, and been mentored by some of the greatest coaches in the field today, Coach Kavanaugh knows the impact a coach can have on the life of an athlete, particularly at the high school level. As a result, he approaches coaching with the view that many of life’s greatest lessons come from athletic competition and how one prepares for that competition. He has developed numerous high school and youth speed and sport programs, emphasizing the complete athlete…fitness as well as nutrition, confidence, and mental strength. As a coach, mentor, and motivator, Coach Kavanaugh empowers athletes to exceed their goals.
He is a certified personal trainer, holds an ISSA performance nutrition certification, is kettlebell certified, SCENAR and Systemic Interactive Healing ABC trained, is a Nike SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, & Quickness) Certified speed coach, has been a guest speaker at events around the country, and is the founder of Elite Athletes USA, Inc. and Gladiator Training Systems, a sports performance company based out of Miami, FL.