February 28, 2013 / Category: Hammer Strength
This weekend kicked off the first session of Hammer Strength’s annual coaches’ clinics in Noblesville, Ind. As a member of the Life Fitness biomechanical engineering team and an NASM certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, having the opportunity to come face to face with some of the most successful voices in the collegiate strength and conditioning world was worth the quick trip from Chicago.
The impressive Noblesville High School facility, complete with Hammer Strength power racks, rivals some of the pro team’s training centers. Inside, the room is packed with industry influencers and strength coaches from Midwest athletics programs, as well as fitness vendors, like Elite Form which showcased its new product Powertracker. This revolutionary device caught my eye for its biomechanics appeals; it can record an athlete’s power wirelessly, without cords, bars or machines to get in the way. The system uses technology similar to what you would find in an XBOX Kinect. Coaches have the ability to pull up videos of their athlete’s lifting and can run reports to track improvements. That means the tool lets strength coaches track the athlete’s exertion and effort without constantly standing over their shoulder. Having swam and coached football at Division-I Valparaiso University, I can tell you this is key.
December 05, 2012 / Category: Hammer Strength
Registration for 2013 Hammer Strength Clinics opens today for 14 cities across the U.S. Featuring speakers from the top collegiate and high school programs in the country, these clinics are packed with information and the opportunity to network with other success-driven coaches.
August 06, 2012 / Category: Hammer Strength
As athletes begin pre-season training and summer temperatures continue to climb, the danger of dehydration has become a hot topic.
Reading the paper a few weeks ago, I cringed at the Fort Hayes, Kan. forecast of 112 degrees along with the other record July temperatures set in cities across the U.S. I couldn’t help but think of the athletes. So I reached out to some coaches and friends of Hammer Strength to find out what they are doing to prepare athletes for this extreme heat.