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How the Best Athletes Crush Absolutely Everything like Magic

Motivation is a product of desire, and no matter how much a coach tries to motivate an athlete, without desire nothing great will be accomplished, and more importantly, nothing great will ever be sustained.  Dr. Waitley in his over 30 years in the sports psychology industry and experience with professional and Olympic athletes has determined that it is not a coach’s job to motivate...

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The 6 Movement Patterns that will make Quick Improvements

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, TPI1, RPR In order to create effective performance training programs (think improvements), it is important for a strength coach to understand how to analyze the functions/demands of a sport.  In this post, I’d like to mention 6 movement patterns (fundamental) for quick and lasting improvements and examples of each. Whether you are a parent, athlete, or coach, it’s useful to know these patterns to recognize if your program is using them for your development or the development of your athletes. Using these 6 movement patterns, it is possible for a less experienced coach to design “functionally” based performance programs.  Implementing all of these patterns into a program can help an athlete move better, and lead...

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Truth About Sleep that will Challenge You to Be Better

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, RPR1, TPI1   In a previous post I wrote about the 11 effective habits to give you better sleep. As a parent of 4, sometimes I find it very difficult to get my kids in their beds and asleep at somewhat regular or normal times.  I cannot stress enough how important sleep is not only for our health, but also for improvements in fitness in sports performance. So, in this post, I am going to provide more detailed information showing just how important sleep is to performance and fitness. (If you want some tips to sleep better, see the previous post on Sleep). I’d like to share with you some information from a...

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Focus on these 3 Main Things for Youth Athletic Success

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, TPI1 Successful coaches and athletes alike understand and appreciate the value of proper preparation and its relationship to achieving success in sports competition.  But what many athletes and coaches don't understand are the three main components that need to be addressed for optimal athletic success: physical preparation, tactical/technical preparation, and mental or psychological preparation. Physical Preparation Physical preparation is any type of training that addresses the physical elements of sports such as mobility, flexibility, strength, speed, power, acceleration, deceleration, dynamic vision, reaction time, and sports nutrition. All of these elements need to be addressed to help best prepare an athlete or team for successful sports competition. Tactical/Technical Preparation Tactical/technical preparation is training specific...

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3 Rules to Keep Moving Forward: A Story by Dr. John C. Maxwell

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES, TPI1   Over the course of my coaching career, I have written many articles about goal setting for sports success.  I feel that it is one of the most important action items towards success in any field, just not sports.  It is important to know that when you set your goals, write out your steps, and act on them, you will be further ahead than most, and moving in the right direction.   Unfortunately, as you attain your goals, not everyone in your circle of friends will want to celebrate with you.  Dr. John C. Maxwell, in his book “Your Roadmap For Success,” says that there are two types of people:  firefighters, and firelighters. ...

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