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We are running these in a small group environment on Fridays in Summer starting in June 2022.

They will be very different than the raw materials sessions for our linemen that SFAS staff does in the weight room and on the turf for lineman speed and movement.

These sessions will be run by Rob CorradoRob Corrado was a standout lineman at Peters Township High School. He helped Peters Township get to the 2019 WPIAL championship game and earned all-conference honors in 2019. He is a student of the game and also spent many years being trained by Ed Wietholder, founder and Director of Strength, Fitness And Speed, Inc.

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted: May 8, 2022 in Uncategorized

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. Here’s to the feet that move in sync with your kid’s as they play defense on the basketball floor as you watch from the bleachers. Here’s to the feet that put a hole in the car floor as you teach them how to drive by braking from the passenger side. Here’s to the pain you feel with their breakups, failures and strikeouts. Here’s to the joy they bring you each and every day as you watch them make their way!
I was blessed with a Mother who’s gift to me was how to follow through and keep going until. She also taught me how to beat my opponent be it an exam, a player on the other team, or one of life’s obstacles. She convinced me I would never fail. She instilled a competitive spirit in me and showed me a toughness and stubbornness that was second to none. Her approach to life lives on in myself and my sons and for that I am eternally grateful. Rest in Peace Mom. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

Hey Mom P.S. When I got bullied in the 3rd grade and was getting punched randomly all of the time you told me to get that bully alone and hit him back twice as hard and he ever hit me and he would leave me alone forever. You said they get their power from an audience. You know what? That was exactly what happened. Just one of the many life lessons that you taught. Thanks.

The biggest warning flag that I have ever gotten as a former basketball coach and now Performance Coach was hearing this phrase from another coach or parent, ” He or she is the kind of kid that needs pushed.”

Ouch. That is probably the worst thing you could have ever had said about you.

This is from local sports writer Bob Labriola’s sports column and it references Hall of Fame Steeler Coach Chuck Noll views on self motivation.

“He would tell you, ‘My job is to teach you how to play this game correctly. I will never give you a motivational speech. If I have to motivate you, I will fire you.'”

I guess getting fired would motivate some to not get fired actually.

If you think about it why do you need kicked in the ass or screamed in your face? Motivate your own self.

Step 1 as a Coach is to determine what buttons need pushed in order to teach this person or athlete how to motivate themselves?

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” -possibly from Lao Tzu and/or others

REAL SPEED AND AGILITY

Posted: February 23, 2022 in Uncategorized

Your ability to stop and start unpredictably is at the root of agility.

If you do not add the element of surprise(open drills) to your agility training repertoire, you become good at a skill like you get good at a golf swing or dancing or a ladder or cone drill. I am dumbfounded when I watch speed “experts” have their athletes look like they are doing hopscotch Olympics preparation. Hop, skip jump over and over, backwards tip toe, repetitive, predictable and stupid. These moves are a nice warm up but should never be at the cornerstone of an athletic foundation.

Once the foundation of good mechanics is laid, unpredictability must follow unless you just want to be an instagram or combine or showcase star only.

Don’t play like a robot. Become an athlete.

Put on high snow boots. Go to any 3 foot drift. Find a nice big fallen tree branch or log. put it on the shoulders and commence to do some walking lunges. Think Rocky IV.

Next up is Squat Jumps in the drift x 8 reps.

Snow shovel is next, dig in scoop and rotate and throw for distance. Good oblique action.

Next up make a big freakin, snowball and roll it up hill about a dozen times.

Find warm spot, drink hot chocolate.

It works.

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JUST DO

Posted: December 29, 2021 in Uncategorized

JUST DO.

No to I wish, if only, I’ll start Monday, I’ll start after the Holidays, I do not have a ride. Yes to I will, I can, I’ll start now, I’ll start yesterday, I will walk.

It is not very hard if you will quit setting up your own obstacles. Control what you can and NEVER blame someone else for your own softness.

THANKS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Posted: December 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and thank you for your support.

Whether you’ve been a client for years, a fan of our newsletter, or are just finding out about us for the first time, we’re honored to have you as a member of our community. Every day that we get to help you or your student athlete to become better  is truly a privilege.

Our plans for 2022 and beyond are very exciting. We’ll be continuing to improve our Pleasant Hills location and increasing the knowledge and development of our already amazing coaches and Physical Therapist. Everything we do is geared towards helping you achieve your goals. The beauty of it is that it comes natural to all of us because it is indeed our passion.

Finally, even though I’ll be spending less time on the training floor after 5 PM due to my hectic very early morning and afternoons, I’ll be continuing to share my ideas on training through my coaches, the blog and other media channels. And that’s just for starters…

On behalf of everyone who works here: Thank you. We wouldn’t be here without you and we’ve been keenly aware of that since 1998.

Best wishes to you and your family,

Coach Ed

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Coach Ed discusses self motivation and possible sources of it.

Check out this episode!

The biggest warning flag that I have ever gotten as a former basketball coach and now Performance Coach was hearing from this phrase from another coach or parent, ” He or she is the kind of kid that needs pushed.”

Ouch. That is probably the worst thing you could have ever had said about you.

This is from local sports writer Bob Labriola’s sports column and it references Hall of Fame Steeler Coach Chuck Noll views on self motivation.

“He would tell you, ‘My job is to teach you how to play this game correctly. I will never give you a motivational speech. If I have to motivate you, I will fire you.'”

I guess getting fired would motivate some to not get fired actually.

If you think about it why do you need kicked in the ass or screamed in your face? Motivate your own self.

Step 1 as a Coach is to determine what buttons need pushed in order to teach this person or athlete how to motivate themselves?

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” -possibly from Lao Tzu and/or others

There comes a point in time when being in 2 leagues, for 3 teams and running around reaches a point of diminishing returns.

Your swing is flawless….but has no pop. Will playing for 3 teams make it better?

Your soccer foot skills are great…….but you run like a dump truck. Will playing rec, travel and classic all in the same season fix this?

You are running track to get faster…….will running the mile or throwing the discus make this better?

There comes a point in time when an athlete needs to focus on his or her athleticism. Athletes that are not naturally gifted can’t do this just by demonstrating the skills that they have. They must overload with some strength, speed, and agility training and allow time to RECOVER. Try playing for one team, one sport at a time as the sport follows it’s seasonal change.

DEVELOP SOME ATHLETICISM!!!!!