I just got back from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. It was a great place to spend a week; except for the hot, humid, 96-degree weather. This is the first time I have been to this conference. The CSCCa membership is primarily made up of full time College Strength Coaches. Many of the major equipment vendors were at the conference. This helped to generate a great atmosphere for the morning training sessions, along with plenty of heavy exhibition lifting throughout the day. I was able to have a great speed bench and upper body workout over at the Sorinex Booth with Chuck on Friday. Chuck is a former Jackals Gym member, and currently a strength coach at Central Iowa. Always great to get together with old friends at these events.
We wrapped up our spring strength training with the Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) wrestlers at the end of April. One of the movements we added this spring were heavy sandbag carries in addition to farmer’s walks. We perform the movement by cleaning the sandbag to the knees, setting the sandbag on top of the knees, wrapping both arms around the bag and standing up in the manner of a zercher squat by extending hips. The sandbag is held tight to the chest, and then the 60-120 meter carry begins. I decided to join the guys most of the days with these carries. It is always good to try to demonstrate proper technique, and sometimes it is important to show the younger people that an aging strength athlete can still move with some weight (LOL). I immediately got a great training response from these carries, and I have added them into my training on a regular basis. They really punish the hamstrings and glutes, and the added upper back strength has helped my stagnant bench press get moving.
Overall, my upper body feels much stronger.
My oldest daughter Emily is graduating from high school this spring. Her next stop will be at SMSU to study exercise science and to run cross-country and track. It is hard to see her complete this phase of life, but we are excited to see what the future brings for her. Both of my girls are having very nice track seasons. We are hoping both will qualify with their relay teams for the state track meet. Emily runs the lead off positions on the 4x800 and 4x400 teams. Both girls run together on the 4x200 team with Lizzy running the anchor leg.
Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and make sure to add GNC Pro Performance HMB along with BetaTOR products, available at your local GNC Store, to supplement your strength, energy and recovery needs. These products are essential for any athlete that wants to train harder and recover faster!
Brad Gillingham, CSCS