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A Dryland Exercise to Improve Shoulder and Arm Strength!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Coley Stickels provides a refreshing training exercise with stretch cords. This drill builds shoulder, lat and upper arm/tricep strength by imitating a swimming stroke with resistance. The drill is done at quick speed and for 8 to 12 reps.

2 In – 2 Out Drill

The athlete grips the stretch cord handles and backs off to put tension on the cord. Then the athlete bends to align the upper body until parallel to the cords with the arms extended fully forward. The drill starts when the arms are twice swept backward between the legs and then twice swept backward with the hands outside the legs.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Mega Drills for Dryland Training.” VIEW other world class Dryland Training videos in our massive Swimming library!

Training for Power & Explosiveness with OSU’s Wrestling Strength & Conditioning Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 9, 2013

READ and WATCH more on a new wrestling video featuring the same strength and conditioning exercises used by the Oklahoma State Wrestling team! OSU Strength & Conditioning Coach, Gary Calcagno, provides you with over 40 different exercises that focus on power and explosiveness.

Training for Power and Explosiveness

Training for Power and Explosiveness


  • Learn championship-tested exercises and principles for developing power and explosiveness 

  • Learn six series of movements, including over 40 exercises, that can be modified as your season progresses 

  • Build a year-round lifting program that can elevate your program



More Strength & Conditioning videos for Wrestling:

AAU Coaching Wrestling Series: Strength Training for Developing WrestlersWeight Room to Wrestling RoomCoaching High School Wrestling: Strength & Conditioning for Champions: In-Season, Off-Season and Nutrition GuideThe Explosive Wrestler! 30 Strength Training Exercises



New Swimming DVD: Strength, Power, & Overspeed Training

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Larry Stoegbauer, assistant coach for one of the most successful high school swim programs in the U.S., details some of the strength, power and overspeed training drills he utilizes to create stronger, more explosive swimmers. Building muscle, then strength and then power, these simple drills offer innovative ways to gain an edge in the pool.

Strength, Power & Overspeed Training



  • Build stronger, more explosive swimmers


  • Gain an edge in the pool with the help of these innovative, time-tested training drills


  • A great new addition to the best-selling High School Coaching Academy series





Purchase the High School Coaching Academy Swimming Bundle  (Strength, Power & Overspeed Training & High School Coaching Academy: Swimming Series) and SAVE $30!

High School Coaching Academy: Building a Championship ProgramHigh School Coaching Academy: Strokes, Starts, Turns and BreakoutsHigh School Coaching Academy: Training and Workout StrategiesHigh School Coaching Academy: Dryland Training Program




Create More Powerful Starts and Turns with these Barbell Lifts!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, June 28, 2013

Bryan Karkoska has over 13 years of experience in training top level swimmers at Auburn University. Take a look at this barbell training series which will help you develop a strong start and turn. It is also important for coaches to teach their swimmers these lifts properly.

Coach Karkoska also makes a few adjustments on the jump shrug lift to develop greater swimming specificity in the movement.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of the Faster Fast Sprint Freestyle Training for Explosive Speed & Power.  See other high quality Swimming Strength & Conditioning DVDs in our massive Swimming DVD collection!

14 Lunge and Step-Up Exercises to Build Lower Body Strength

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

According to renowned strength and conditioning coach Alan Stein, the stronger and more powerful a player can become in the weight room, the more explosive they’ll be on the court. And with the 2011-12 basketball season right around the corner, it’s important that players make use of the weight room and an effective strength and conditioning program.

In this week’s player development feature, follow along with Stein as he takes you through some dynamic lower body exercises focusing on lunges and step-ups. Hopefully by implementing some of these workouts, your players will lessen the occurrence of injury and improve their performance on the court.

Lower Body Overview

One of the key components to being a more explosive player on the court is strengthening up your lower body and core. Lunges, squats and step-ups make up the bulk of what we do from a lower body standpoint. It’s key that we try to challenge players with as much variety as we can, too.


In this situation, the left foot will be the pivot foot. The left foot won’t move here, just like on the court. There are six different lunges we can do. First, start with just body weight, but then you can progress to dumbbells or medicine balls.

1) Front Lunge – Ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders should stay facing forward.

2) Lateral Lunge – Should start 90 degrees to the right. When stepping to the right, the left foot should stay flat. Make sure your ankle doesn’t roll over. Still keep those ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders facing forward. This workout is great for strengthening the hips and groin.

3) 135 degree Lunge – Keep your left foot facing forward. Your entire left leg will face forward here. Also, you will rotate your hips and shoulders and aim for back diagonal at 135 degrees.

4) Step Back Lunge – This is almost identical to a forward lunge, but now we will step back with our right foot.

5) Step Behind Lunge – With your ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders facing forward, take your right leg and reach it back as far as you can to the left side, dropping that knee as far as possible. Then step back. If you have some discomfort, you can piviot that left foot a bit.

6) Cross Over Lunge – Same principles as before, but now we will step across and in front. Keep your chest square to the direction you are facing.



First, start by putting your right foot on top of the steps or box. Make sure that your entire foot is on top of the step (no heel hanging off).

1) Front Step-Up – Make a right leg step, then drive the left knee up to the sky. Do 2-3 reps with right leg. Leave your right leg up each time.

2) Front Step-Up: Hip Flexor – This workout is the same thing as before, but this time take your foot off the step each time.

3) Step-Up Lunge – Step up and drive your knee up, and when you step back down, lunge back with your right leg/foot. Repeat.

4) Lateral Step Ups – Stand lateral to the step/box. Put one foot on and keep it parallel. You want to pull yourself up using your groin. Just raise the left knee; you don’t have to twist at the top.

5) 135 Step Up – Put your leg perpendicular to the step/box now (i.e. your right foot should face to the right but your body is facing out front). At the top, you will turn and face to the right (or a different direction) and raise your knee in the air.

6) Cross Over Step Up – Stand lateral to the box. Step across with the left foot and on top of the step/box. The right foot never touches the box. Take off your left foot each time and then come to square one.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Alan Stein’s DeMatha Basketball: Strength and Power.” To check out our entire Strength and Conditioning catalog, click here.


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