In a stunning 71 to 48 victory the Monte Vista Monarchs rode their strength and conditioning to a record 8 touchdowns. Coach Hamamoto said he did not expect a high scoring "track meet" but his guys were up to the challenge. Pulling away in the second half the Monarchs sealed the championship with junior Jahon McClendon rushing for 380 yards!
After the victory, Coach Hamamoto was quick to text BFS president, John Rowbotham, the news: "We won today. Another championship for BFS". BFS is honored and humbled to have a great coach like Ron Hamamoto in our corner.
The Monarchs lit up Twitter almost as much as they lit up the scoreboard!
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The BFS Total Program is just the tool busy coaches need to effectively structure strength, speed and agility training so they can spend time on sport specific coaching and the character building lessons sports and athletics provides. Combining the Total Program with a BFS Weight Room Strength and Safety Certification (WRSC) is the gold standard to help schools, coaches and athletes succeed! BFS can deliver a WRSC right to your school or we host select regional events for teachers and coaches. See the calendar below for a list of events and early bird registrations. Don't Forget to Download your FREE copy of the BFS Magazine now and learn more about Athens High as well as an in-depth look at the Leg Curl, a critical speed building auxiliary exercise! 2018 Regional Certifications! 30 Day Advance Registration Saves $100 - Use the Discount Code Below
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The BFS Total Program is just the tool busy coaches need to effectively structure strength, speed and agility training so they can spend time on sport specific coaching and the character building lessons sports and athletics provides. Combining the Total Program with a BFS Weight Room Strength and Safety Certification (WRSC) is the gold standard to help schools, coaches and athletes succeed!
BFS can deliver a WRSC right to your school or we host select regional events for teachers and coaches. See the calendar below for a list of events and early bird registrations.
Don't Forget to Download your FREE copy of the BFS Magazine now and learn more about Athens High as well as an in-depth look at the Leg Curl, a critical speed building auxiliary exercise!
2018 Regional Certifications! 30 Day Advance Registration Saves $100 - Use the Discount Code Below
Coach Hamamoto is a shining example of a BFS Coach. His passion for the kids he teaches and influences is second to none. Coach has brought this passion - and The BFS Total Program - every where he has coached across Southern California. Now on the eve of a championship game BFS takes a look back at the carreer of this dedicated coach and teacher!
As any successful coach knows, in this profession change is the name of the game. For Coach Ron Hamamoto, that has meant multiple job opportunities and new challenges. Through it all, BFS has been there with him and for him.
BFS first featured Hamamoto 10 years ago when he was a coach at Rancho Bernardo, a Division I high school in San Diego, California. Hamamoto had become the school’s head football coach in 1998, when their Broncos were struggling to maintain a .500 win-loss average. To help jump-start his program Hamamoto enlisted the help of BFS clinician Bob Rowbotham, now the CEO of BFS, to give a BFS Total Program clinic. It had an immediate, positive impact on the attitude of his athletes.
“Our athletes accepted the BFS program right away,” says Hamamoto. “They saw the benefits, and Coach Rowbotham did a great job – our weight room was packed after the clinic.” That enthusiasm and the forthcoming hard work in the weight room paid off on the gridiron. Hamamoto told BFS that after the 2001 season, “Our school, like any other school, really got fired up when our football team had so much success this season. The whole community did. When we made it to the stadium for the finals there was a big rally, tailgating at the stadium, thousands of people at the game.”
With such success, it was a difficult decision for Hamamoto to leave Rancho Bernardo in 2007 and take a position at Lincoln High School in southeast San Diego, but he looked forward to the challenge. “I had been at Rancho Bernardo for 11 years, and this was an opportunity for me to be not just a head football coach but also an athletic director. Lincoln was also a school with a great athletic tradition – it’s where Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis graduated from.” The only downside was the weight room.
Although the school had under-gone a $150 million renovation after having been closed for four years, the weight room “was an afterthought,” and, as such, a disappointment, says Hamamoto. Nevertheless, he implemented the BFS Program and sponsored more BFS clinics to jump-start each football season. Again, success followed, with the Hornets going to the quarterfinals three of his four years there, and one year making the finals. Then it was time for another challenge.
The College Experiment
After four years at Lincoln, Hamamoto was given the opportunity to coach at San Diego Mesa College. He worked part time at Mesa, also taught elementary school, and coached in the afternoon. Whereas at the high school level Hamamoto had been teaching full time five days a week, his schedule was much lighter at the junior college level and the job was close to his home. In retrospect, he says taking the junior college position was a good career move, but it “backfired” on him.
“I was offered a part-time job for the first year and was told that by the second year it would turn into full time. I was at Mesa for a year and they said I did a great job; but with all the budget cuts they could not offer me a full-time position for two or three years, and even then they didn’t know if they could hire me full time.” Consequently, Hamamoto started looking for another high school job, and in 2012 a job opened up at Monte Vista High School, a Division 4 school with an enrollment of 1,600 students in nearby Spring Valley.
During his years as a coach, Hamamoto says he has seen some disturbing trends. One is a lack of young coaches. “There are a lot of young coaches trying to get teaching jobs, but it’s really tough because there are so many teachers with tenure. Anytime a job comes up, someone with tenure, whether they are a better teacher or not, gets the job because the district has to fill the job with these people. A lot of good, potential young coaches are shying away from the profession because even if you get a degree, there’s no guarantee you’re going to get a job.”
Coach Hamamoto is also troubled by the lack of emphasis on physical edu-cation in US schools. “At the elementary school where I taught, I had each class for an hour a week; it used to be you got PE every day.” As for parental involvement, Hamamoto finds that there is less because the parents are so busy. “There’s a lot more complaining. In the old days, your coach says something, you do it. Now there is a lot more questioning about what you’re doing.”
In the face of these challenges, Hamamoto remains passionate about maintaining the quality of his programs by bringing out the BFS clinicians for clinics at every high school where he coaches. He remarks, “Honestly, every time I bring John, Bob or Doug out, I learn something. Also, whenever you bring in a professional, they are going to cover things in more detail than I ever would. And a clinic makes for a good starting point to get the athletes excited about lifting.”
What sets BFS apart for Coach Hamamoto? “I tried other programs that had four workouts a week split up into upper and lower body. I found that it burnt out the kids – their hearts were just not into it. My athletes really bought into all aspects of the BFS program, such as being able to break personal records on a regular basis. I especially enjoy all the written material provided by BFS that expands on the program, along with the magazine and the website.”
As for advice Hamamoto would give to young coaches, he says, “If you’re going to coach at the high school level, it’s important to understand that you will be dealing with these kids as a counselor, motivator and father figure. You’ll also be dealing with parents and the community. Coaching is not just about X’s and O’s; it’s about being able to work with people.”
BFS is proud to attend the Los Angeles Clippers game at the Staples Center on November 30th as part of the many fine organizations supporting young people.
This exciting event will bring anti bullying organizations together and serve as a fundraiser for Speak Out and Silence Bullies. BFS has over forty years experience with helping young people develop into mature and responsible adults and contributing members of our society. Through our Be An 11 seminars and new partnerships with P2P Fit and Safe, BFS has a legacy of character education second to none.
We are looking forward to joining P2P Fit and Safe as well as all the other committed organizations in an evening to remember. Bringing anti bullying movement initiatives to the forefront in conjunction with an evening with the Los Angeles Clippers will truely make an impact.
P2P FIT AND SAFE The P2P Fit and Safe Program Mission is to build Stronger, Healthier and Safer students, Schools and Communities. This new and innovative program educates , trains and empowers all participants to respect and understand themselves and others while equipping each to reach their full potential.
This is a time of year many educators and coaches assess their athletic programs and explore ideas on what could make a difference in the future. Few teams make the playoffs, even fewer are division champions and only one is state champion. Is your team in this elite group? How can your school crack the code to improving from year to year - season to season?
There is a unified training program that spans your sports and seasons! Your students and athletes don't need to have vastly different training regimens when moving into new sports. Rather a consistent program that emphasizes attributes applicable to all sports - speed, strength and explosive movements for leaping, is needed. Bring your athletics and PE together with The Total Program from BFS.
Consistently used by winning and championship teams for over 40 years BFS and The Total Program focuses on core lifts while leaving room for sport specific auxiliary exercises. Not cookie cutter approach but rather a flexible, versatile program built around just six core exercises, while remaining expandable to suit unique situations. Boys and girls from volleyball to football to basketball - all sports - benefit from a consistent, year round training method. With BFS record breaking results each week that will inspire your students and athletes to reach even higher!
Read about how BFS impacted the San Carlos teams through a series of Total Program Clinics and Be An 11 Seminars. Then imagine what a real program, not just a series of workouts, can do for your school. Then take action! Let BFS help you make a difference in all athletics and physical Education in your school!
BFS is a company founded and built by teachers and coaches, for teachers and coaches. The BFS Total Program is a training program that came into existence to solve the problem of unifying training for sports and physical education students. The original coaches of BFS were inspired by track and field athletes who used the weight room to run faster, throw further and leap higher - all skills that are essential to excelling in most other sports. So the Total Program was born to bring these development and training techniques to the entire student body.
Early on, by working with many of the brightest educators BFS has learned that the core strength training exercises used for athletics are also extremely valuable in developing all young students. Weight training is fantastic for postural improvement and balanced physical development as young people mature. Of course this sort of development is not gender specific and the BFS Total Program can be implemented across the entire student body. By creating a culture of common language and goals in the weight room students and athletes can benefit from semester to semester and season to season.
Now, school districts across the country are maximizing the positive impacts that a unified training program can bring. Beginning with broad services from BFS such as Weight Room Viability Consultation and BFS Professional Development Days, multiple schools are able to reap the benefits of BFS in an affordable and time effective way. Then, BFS offers impactful Championship Camps, Total Program Clinics and Teachers Weight Room Safety Certifications to really get your school and program to the next level!
Reach out to BFS at 800-628-9737 to learn more about how BFS has impacted such diverse districts as the large, urban New York Public Schools and rural New Mexico's Central Consolidated School District.
Auxiliary lifts are special exercise that are sport specific and help prevent common injuries. One auxiliary exercise that BFS has been promoting for the past four decades is the lat pulldown, which may seem odd as most coaches would consider it a bodybuilding or general fitness exercise. Some even believe that it's a harmful exercise that may cause injury. Let's look at the facts.
"The lats are the only muscle that connects the arms to the lower body. This anatomical uniqueness has many implications to athletic performance."
As far as biomechanics, the movements that occur when you pull the bar down are as follows: Elbow flexion, Shoulder adduction and horizontal abduction, and scapulae retraction and downward rotation. When you return the bar to the start, your movements change to the following: elbow extension, shoulder abduction and horizontal adduction, and scapulae protraction and upward rotation.
Most sports don't require climbing, so why are lats important? First, the lats are the only muscle that connects the arms to the lower body. This anatomical uniqueness has many implications to athletic performance. If you want to throw a baseball faster, hit a golf ball harder, or swim with more power, you need to train your lats...
For more than four decades, BFS has promoted the idea that the squat should be a core exercise in any workout to improve athletic performance.
Because the squat was such a controversial exercise at the time BFS opened its doors in 1976, almost every article that appeared in BFS magazine about the squat included a section about how it could help prevent injuries, not cause them, and improve athletic performance. BFS Founder Dr. Greg Shepard and his team of clinicians also took our message on the road, each year giving hundreds of clinics at schools and athletic training facilities promoting the value of squats.
As the popularity of the strength coaching profession grew and interest in weight training increased, research studies were conducted that examined the benefits, and alleged risks, of the squat. Let's look at what these pioneering sports scientists discovered.
One of the major concerns about the squat in the early days of the strength coaching profession was that it could increase laxity in the knee. This concern can be traced to a research study about squats published in 1961 by professor Karl K. Klein and MD Fred L. Allman, Jr. Their study suggested that full squats - not parallel squats - could increase knee laxity thereby increase the risk of knee injury.
It was found in later studies that its results could not be reproduced. Other researchers found the opposite the results of Klein and Allman - those who performed full squats did not have greater knee laxity than other populations. It was also found that weightlifters and powerlifters tended to possess tighter knee joints than control groups and were less susceptible to knee injuries. But the damage had been done, and it took a long time for the athletic and medical community to accept the truth about squats. READ THE FULL STORY IN THE FREE JUNE ISSUE OF BFS MAGAZINE
With over 41 years in the business, BFS has established itself as the leader in athletic and physical fitness training. We've not only shared our message through our magazine, website, and social media outlets, but our clinicians have given nearly 20,000 hands-on total program clinics, coaching certifications, and character education seminars. Despite this exposure, there are a few unique aspects of BFS that many people may not know about. Here are five of them:
1. We are the only program to support unification. Unification is the concept that all high school and middle school athletes will adhere to the same basic training philosophy... Learn more in the July issue 2. We've made teaching biomechanics simple. BFS has developed six training principles, or absolutes, that are amazingly effective in teaching perfect technique not only in the weightroom but also in any sport... Learn more in the July issue 3. We are leaders in character education. BFS has developed a character education program called Be an 11... Learn more in the July issue 4. We have a tremendous networking ability. Access more than 5,000 articles over the past 37 years that include inspirational success stories, advice from top coaches and sport scientists, and the latest information on liability and safety - at no cost, with no obligation. Learn more in the July issue 5. We have exceptional Clinics, Certifications and Professional Development Days. BFS also offers regional and on-site certification clinics, along with a complete line of multi-media educational materials, to teach coaches and athletes how to exercise for maximum performance with minimal risk of injury... Learn more in the July issue
Don't miss all that BFS can do for your school and program! BFS is a popular and effective training method with a 41-year history of success. It's here to stay, unlike other workouts that have failed to stand the test of time. The BFS program has proven it's the perfect program for any high school athlete, male or female, and it’s ideal for coaches who deal with large numbers of athletes. With its proven track record of success, we are confident that BFS offers the best program for you and your athletes.
BFS had a great weekend at FitCon Utah's St George edition. At events like these we are often approached by people who come through the BFS program and have great stories to tell. (After 40 years of making an impact across the country there are a lot of stories tell!) This event was no exception. At this event Sean Waxman sat down to tell us how the BFS Magazine and Total Program influenced him as a young man. Now Sean is highly respected coach and gym owner for a new generation of Olympic lifters.