Neck Training for Combat Athletes

First let me say I feel training the neck is a very under utilized aspect of programming. For anyone involved combat and collision sports, such as wrestling and football, training the neck should be an integral part of their training programs.

Basic Neck Training for Wrestlers

By John Gaglione

First let me say I feel training the neck is a very under utilized aspect of programming. For anyone involved combat and collision sports, such as wrestling and football, training the neck should be an integral part of their training programs. Training neck for strength and stability can help prevent injuries. A thick strong neck is vital for preventing concussions as well. We see concussions more and more frequently in sports and I think  it is important we start to think about training the neck on a more regular basis or athletes who are susceptible to these injuries. Continue reading “Neck Training for Combat Athletes”

Gain Explosive Power with BAND Training

Adding bands to barbell training is another great way to develop both power and strength. Adding bands to your training is one of the best methods to develop bar speed and overcome sticking points. In this article we will discuss other applications of the Dynamic and Max Effort methods discussed in the chain series.

Training with Bands for Power

By John Gaglione

The last few weeks we discussed how chains can be applied to barbell and body weight exercises for both power and strength.

There are many applications to using bands when training. They can be used for a number of different exercises for building strength as well as for injury prevention. The bands we recommend for the applications used in this article can be purchased through Elite Fitness Systems. It is important when performing these advanced exercises to use a proper band to minimize any chance of injury. Using a lesser quality band can be very dangerous. Other good brands of bands include Iron Woody and Jump stretch. Continue reading “Gain Explosive Power with BAND Training”

Increase Relative Body Weight Strength with Chains

Body weight training is one the best ways to prepare for wrestling season, but what happens when you get so STRONG that your body weight is not enough? This week we will learn how to PROGRESS traditional body weight exercises with CHAINS.

Chain Training Part Two: Increase Relative Body Weight Strength with Chains

By John Gaglione


Last week we discussed how chain can be attached to barbells in order to develop speed, strength, and explosive power.

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Teaching Body Weight Exercises with Bands

Relative body weight strength is very important for athletes and is one of the best methods for developing strength. Unfortunately sometimes we run into athletes who cannot even perform a proper push up! We can use bands to help solve this problem.

Band Training Part 2: Regressing Body Weight Exercise

By John Gaglione

Relative body weight strength is very important for athletes as well as for overall health for the general population. Often times many athletes will start off and not be able to perform a proper pull up or even a proper push up. The crazy thing is sometimes even the BETTER athletes have poor relative body weight strength. Good athletes are very good at COMPENSATING in the sport if they have any short comings at all. Sometimes athletes and even trainers want to jump to the most ADVANCED progression like some of the chain loaded variations we discussed, but often times when athletes come to a trainer they are not ready for these progressions just yet. Continue reading “Teaching Body Weight Exercises with Bands”

Get Stronger and more Explosive with Chain Training

We can utilize the squat, bench, and deadlift in order to increase power and strength as using the Dynamic Effort Method and Max Effort Method.

Chain Training: Get Stronger and Faster

By John Gaglione

Many coaches utilize various forms of plyos, Olympic lifts, and box jumps in order to increase power, get stronger, and faster. I use many of these methods myself with my athletes, but many coaches do not have a lot of time to teach Olympic lifts(Snatch, Clean and Jerk, High Pull, etc) or may not feel comfortable teaching them. We can utilize the squat, bench, and deadlift in order to increase power and strength as using the Dynamic Effort Method and Max Effort Method. This is particularly effective with the combination of chains. Continue reading “Get Stronger and more Explosive with Chain Training”