1. Strength & Conditioning 2.0

WHY: You need to build a solid foundation of knowledge about exercise science, physiology, and strength & conditioning to add more advanced concepts and methods. Your goal is to create a tool box full of different opinions, science, methods, approaches, philosophies, systems and knowledge to be able to use your experiences to filter that information. 

Books

WHY: Master the Fundamentals. This textbook is utilized for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam from the NSCA. It is important to have a solid base to build a house on. You also need to know the rules before you can begin to break the rules.

WHY: In my opinion, this is one of the best training books for filtering concepts. Cal Dietz provides scientific research on maximizing strength, power, and speed. It also includes over 3,000 hyperlinks to exercise videos. Stop taking programs word for word and explore the concepts involved in the program more than the actual program.

WHY: In my opinion, this is the best conditioning/energy system book. Joel Jamieson provides both knowledge and application about categorizing conditioning goals; concepts can be extrapolated to non-MMA athletes.

Mass I $87, MASS II $99

WHY: This is a detailed physiological model for training with a specific goal/adaptation in mind. Mass II includes nutritional components to assist that goal by Dr. Ben House. The books show you the thought process of a great mind in creating a training program.

WHY: “The classics are classics for a reason. This is a one stop shop for everything strength training and an essential text for any strength coach. Topics include basic concepts of training theory, adaptation, elements and determining factors of strength, the stretch shortening cycle, the force/velocity curve, central and peripheral factors affecting strength, inter and intramuscular adaptation, motor unit recruitment, training for power, strength, endurance, hypertrophy, trainable characteristics of muscle, strength training for women, seniors, and young athletes, exercise selection, periodization, and much more. Even experienced coaches will find themselves coming back to and referencing this text time and time again.”- Justin Moore

WHY: “This is a dense and challenging book that will make you question nearly everything you thought you knew about transfer of training to sport.  While it elicits more questions than it provides answers in many places, it’s nonetheless an incredibly important text to move our industry in the right direction. No longer is it acceptable to treat athletes like powerlifters and think that if we just improve their big lifts in the gym their performance will improve on the field.

We know better than that now. This book helps move the conversation in the right direction and makes us as physical preparation coaches ask how we can do a better job of preparing our athletes for the demand of sports performance while increasing the transfer of skills and qualities gained from weight room activities to the field. Additionally, this book provides a great deal of information related to the biomechanics of performance, motor learning, and dynamic systems theory. Understanding motor learning theory and dynamic systems theory allowed me to more effectively communicate with my athletes and get my message across, and more importantly, allowed me to recognize that I needed to step back and allow the task and the environment to do the coaching for me.”-  Justin Moore

WHY: This is an encyclopedia for strength training. It may not be a cover-to-cover read but it is an invaluable resource for referral to any topic.

Ebooks

WHY: “An often-neglected training method, isometric training can be an exceptionally powerful stimulus for improving force production, rate of force development, hypertrophy, positional control, and muscular endurance.  This ebook takes a deep dive into the science of isometric training, explains the different types of isometrics and how they will elicit different adaptations from one another, and then gives practical examples of how to effectively implement isometric training into a long-term physical preparation program to maximize athletic performance…”-Justin Moore

WHY: “My favorite parts of this book were the sections about maximizing intent, optimizing readiness, post activation potentiation (PAP), and cluster training to maintain velocity across the workout. The use of overcoming isometrics to potentiate the rest of the training session was a concept that I implemented immediately with my athletes and saw improvements in performance…The eBook comes complete with references at the end of every section to facilitate further reading. If you want practical information that you can immediately apply to improve your athlete’s power with the theory to back it up, look no further than this eBook.” –  Justin Moore

WHY: “Buddy Morris is the head physical preparation coach for the Arizona Cardinals, and a shining example of the beginner’s mind mentality…Concepts include the importance of acceleration training, how to truly train for speed, accumulating quality sprint volume, the alactic/aerobic nature of football, why glycolytic training makes no sense, periodization and programming for football, the application of tempo training, etc…” – Justin Moore

WHY: “Great information regarding the differences in stimulus and adaptation to eccentric, isometric, and concentric resistance training as they pertain to power, strength, and hypertrophy.  Additionally, the book covers advanced training methodology such as contrast training, plyometrics, Olympic weightlifting for athletes, accommodating resistance methods, kettlebells, weight releasers, and much more…This is an underappreciated gem in the world of physical preparation, and provides valuable theory and practical application to improve any coach’s toolbox.”- Justin Moore

WHY:  “The late, great Charlie Francis was far ahead of his time, and widely considered to be one of the greatest track and field coaches the world has ever seen.  His training principles transcended track and field, and are incredibly valuable for any physical preparation coach to understand…Don’t chase fatigue…chase the highest quality and highest outputs possible.  Do what needs to be done as a coach to ensure that the volume accumulated is actually driving the desired adaptation.  Charlie understood that and conveyed it better than anyone else I’ve read.”-  Justin Moore

Articles

WHY: This is everything you need to know about med ball throw progressions. The article is a complete med ball exercise library with explanations and videos. This article is very advanced by if you take the appropriate amount of time to study and understand the material, you will instantly become a better coach.

WHY: “This series of articles changed the way I look at plyometrics and training to increase rate of force development forever…” – Justin Moore

WHY: The article outlines the process and principles underlying the design of your training program and its implementation. This article is a resource for programming and establishing your training principles and process.

Podcasts

  • All Things Strength & Wellness Episode 111: Pat Davidson
  • Decoding Excellence with Dr. John Sullivan April 3, 2017
  • Just Fly Performance Podcast Episode #78 with Justin Moore
  • Physical Preparation Podcast With Mike Robertson Episode – Mike Roncarati (recommended by Justin Moore)
  • StrengthPowerSpeed.com Episode 10 & 27: Pat Davidson (suggested by Justin Moore)
  • 4A Performance Institute Podcast with Sean Light
  • Robbie Bourke Podcast with Dr. Pat Davidson #189
  • Robbie Bourke Podcast with Evan Piekon #193

Fitness Education Content/Seminars

WHY: Dr. Pat Davidson is the most innovative and entertaining educators in the field. You will absolutely learn something new and experience curiosity every power hour.

WHY: This is by far the best seminar I have ever been to for S&C professionals, physical therapists, and personal trainers. The seminar takes you all the way from theory/rationale to implementation, coaching, and programming. This is a great resource for creativity with exercises, biomechanics, coaching skills, and programming. Please see Pat’s website or Instagram for various live course dates and locations.

Websites & Social Media Resources/Mentors

WHY: Find a mentor to provide direction, limit confirmation bias, limit selection bias, create relationships, introduce application, and increase shared experiences and context.

Sometimes social media gets a bad reputation for promoting false social connections, egocentric and aesthetic material. However, if you use it right you can learn from great people who take the time to put out great content. You just need to be able to create a filter and get pointed in the right direction.

WHY: No one is changing the fitness industry game more right now then Dr. Pat Davidson. Your world is about to catch on fire. Visit his site, find him on Facebook here and here. He posts great content frequently on Facebook.

  • Justin Moore @jmsb_strengthtraining

WHY: Justin is one of the best coaches in the field and he is providing creative content via social media; especially relating to power and speed development along with his coaching techniques (highly valuable information).

  • Rebel Performance @therebelperformance

WHY: The team of people James Cerbie has on his squad is a stacked line up. The shop and blog has great training resources. Check out the site: Rebel Performance

  • Kyle Dobbs @kyledobbs_  

WHY: Kyle can become a valuable mentor with is knowledge and years of experience in the fitness industry. He shares his thoughts frequently on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Cody Plofker – @codyplof & @adaptperformanceandrehab
  • Michelle Boland @mboland18

WHY: A professional in the field of personal training and sports performance. Check out site: Michelle Boland

  • Sean Light @slight20

WHY: Sean is the Director of Performance Education at 4A Health & Performance Sciences @4AHPS. He provides great performance based content. Check out his site: 4A Health & Performance Sciences

  • Vinny Brandstadter @vinvanstrong

WHY: Vinny is an amazing coach (and a beast). He is very consistent with sharing very valuable and high level content on social media relating to performance training.

  • Max Schmarzo  @strong_by_science
  • Mike Robertson  @robtrainsystems

WHY: “Co-owner of IFAST and owner of Robertson Training Systems, Mike Robertson is truly an OG in the fitness industry.  He has been training, coaching, and producing elite-level content for decades, dating back to when he burst onto the scene as an author on T Nation.  Just a quick Google search of Robertson Training Systems produces almost 100 pages worth of content including decades of writing, videos, and podcasts that Mike Robertson has brought to the fitness and physical preparation industry. Mike’s Instagram is filled with exercise examples, techniques, cues, programming tips, footage of Mike training professional basketball and soccer players, and resource suggestions.  When you’re done giving him a follow, do yourself a favor and go to robertsontrainingsystems.com and start working your way through Mike’s articles, it’s one of the best free resources on the web.” – Justin Moore

  • Chris Beardsly  @chrisabeardsley
  • Mike Baker @coachmikebaker
  • Erik Huddleston @eph.24