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  • Writer's pictureDrew Stevenson

For every athlete breakfast is a must, but more so for those wanting to add weight. Overnight oats, making a handful to last all week, takes approximately 2 minutes each morning to get ready to eat.

  • Writer's pictureDrew Stevenson

Unilateral training, or training on one leg here in this video, is incredibly important for all populations, especially young athletes.

  • Writer's pictureDrew Stevenson

Adolescent athletes performing barbell deadlift

Utilizing body weight to external (barbell, kettlebell, medicine ball, etc...) weight is the foundation for helping young athletes not only perform better but most importantly, feel better and increase their self-confidence.

Making it fun, challenging and competitive (whether individually or in a group) is a critical component to getting buy-in from young athletes. Parents, make it a priority for your athlete to engage in strength training!

  • Strength training weekly and year round, regardless of other activities is best practice and always in season

  • Strength training in season, including on practice and game days is also best practice

  • Hire a strength coach that understands this and can tell you why

Above, see our middle school athletes beginning their journey on the barbell. The BB is a tool in every school and athletic program/sport. Make sure they first know how to move well under their own weight and then be sure they know how to properly and safely move external loads.

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