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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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Tips for Helping Young Athletes Set Better Goals

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES Every new athlete at my former fitness and performance training company, Finish First Sports Performance, was required to complete an introductory questionnaire, which included an exercise where he/she must list a few athletic and life goals.  The point of this activity was to get each athlete or client thinking about setting goals and beginning the accountability process.  I gave each person as much time as they needed to think about the goals they would write down, and offered questions that helped them think about what their goals really were.   In order to set better goals, they would first need to clearly identify their ‘why’, they would need to find the root of...

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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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11 Effective Habits to Give You Better Sleep

By Coach Hoy, MS, CSCS, SCCC, PES Parents, athletes, and coaches have known for years that getting plenty of sleep is one of the most important factors in optimal recovery in sports.  One of the least expensive fitness and performance factors that can have a huge impact on results is giving yourself high quality sleep.  Getting better sleep is a requirement for you to perform better in not only sports and fitness, but also your work and life activities. However, it still seems that most people are deprived of quality sleep, and as a result, often not achieving full recovery from activities, work, games, practices and/or workouts.  I want to provide you with proven habits and helpful tips for better...

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