10 Ways To Increase Your Athletes Performances with Nutrition

By Steve Preston, Sports Performance Specialist As a Sports Performance Specialist my job is to help youth athletes improve strength, speed, coordination and long-term athleticism. Coaches and Parents of youth athletes spend so many countless hours on practices, resistance training, conditioning, and overall performance. Great:) The kids become better at their respective sport as they…

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3 Tips To Increase Explosive Power In Athletes

Explosive Power Pushup

By Steve Preston, Sports Performance Specialist Many athletes are strong but lack power.   Other athletes are powerful but lack explosive strength.   If an athlete is going to excel at sports they need to be able to build strength and then convert strength to explosive power. Simply put, explosive power refers to an individual’s…

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How To: Jump Higher! Try These 5 Exercises To Increase Your Vertical Jump!

Vertical Jump Series

5 Exercises To Increase Your Vertical Jump Ever see those crazy videos of regular guys doing crazy vertical jumps on the basketball court? They jump so high they can touch the rim with the top of their head! Seem like overkill? Think again… Vertical jumping is critical in a number of sports… Think… Basketball Volleyball…

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5 Tips to Build Speed and Agility In Youth Athletes

5 Tips to Build Speed and Agility

Wondering how to increase speed and agility in youth athletes? Frustrated with youth athletes lack of motivation and ability to stick with a program? Athletes need a jump-start to increase their sports performance? You may have answered yes to one, two or all three of these questions. I want to give you five quick tips…

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All Arrows Point to Success

The Arrows

My name is Sonny Close. I am the Head Coach at CDBWC, working with both Virginia Elite and the high school wrestling team. Coach Weber asked me the secret to my success. Here is my Pyramid of Success. I hear you saying, “Yeah, but we play baseball, or basketball or… How can a Wrestling Coach help me?” These are…

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Teaching Mental Toughness – 7 Steps

Youth Athlete Training

-by Hall of Fame High School Coach Daryl Weber In Part 1 of this series “Lies to Ungifted Athletes,” we dispel several myths we are led to believe about youth training… If you missed it take a look at it here. What’s your favorite sports movie? Any Given Sunday? Rudy? I like Rocky. You remember the…

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Stop Lying to Your “Ungifted” Athletes – Part 1

-by Hall of Fame High School Coach Daryl Weber More than any other topics, I hear coaches and parents struggle with increasing mental toughness and speed in youth athletes. These struggles often lead to frustration and a philosophy that athletes are either “gifted” with Mental Toughness or Speed and if they are not… They can…

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Top 10 Foods for Youth Athletes

Grilled Chicken dinner

If you are a coach or parent of youth athletes then you know the importance of practice and training for sports success… But are you paying attention to what your youth athletes are eating? There’s a lot of truth to the old saying, “you are what you eat.” So many young athletes don’t eat to…

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Should Youth Athletes Lift Weights?


We have come a long, long way in regard to training athletes for optimal sports performance… There was a day when athletes were forbidden to lift weights because their coaches thought it would slow them down and make them slow. So they had their athletes compete in their sport without doing any strength training… WOW!…

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Practice or Play? 6 Practice Games to Increase Speed and Agility

Soccer Practice

What do all kids, puppies and kittens have in common? They love to play! It’s an age thing… When we are young we have an abundance of energy. When we’re young we want to be active and playful as much as possible. This is why “playing” should be part of any youth athlete’s training plan.…

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