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...
BFS has been in the business of building championship quality weight rooms since 1976. With our Total Program, BFS has helped turn around more high schools programs in every sport than any other strength and athletic development system. Now more streamlined and advanced than ever, getting your athletes in and out of the weight room is facilitated with your choice of recording methods. The classic Set Rep Log Book is time tested, the brand new Set Rep Log App takes advantage of web based recording, and the Beat The Computer program delivers with built in incremental improvement goals.
Like the Total Program the BFS line of Made in the USA equipment has expanded and grown. As weight room demands have evolved so has BFS. The BFS Elite Line of equipment is the standard for thousands of weight room in thousands of high schools. For the highest profile room BFS has the D1 Line, sure inspire record breaking advances in every athlete. With more non-traditional spaces being used for weight rooms and space always at a premium BFS has the BXI Line of modular, tough and versatile rigs that allow you to get exactly the room you need!
Breakout!The Championship Camp begins with a "coaches only" breakout session to get the staff up to speed on how the Total Program provides results through record keeping and goal setting. Then the student-athletes get two days of coaching and education on correct lifting, speed, plyometrics, all the while breaking personal records every week!
High school football is making a lot of news in the last couple of weeks. And it is not good. From athletes in Texas blind siding a ref, to a top college recruit allegedly smearing a painful cream into an opposing player's face, these are the stories being told about high school athletes.
At BFS we acknowledge these sort of events happen, but we firmly reject the notion that they are the norm. We work with 1,000s of students and coaches annually through our Total Program and Be An 11 Seminars and we have seen all the good high school sports brings to individuals, schools and entire communities!
BFS is committed to telling the story of these exceptional young people and their dedicated teachers and coaches. To this end we are making our September / October 2015 BFS Magazine FREE for download for everyone.
Just pass this link out to every student, coach, administrator or parent who needs to know just what great high school athletic programs bring to the community!Male and Female Athletes of the Year!
The BFS High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year is our most prestigious award. It has quite a history, with the male award beginning in 1981 and the female award beginning in 2004. Being an exceptional multi-sport athlete is one quality associated with this award. But more than that, we are looking for young men and women who are, on a scale of one to 10, Elevens. Individuals who excel academically and are focused, grounded, and headed for a great future. We found two such individuals in Emelia Modglin and Deandre McGill.
From the Editor
The High Tech World of BFS... 1
News and highlights from the world of athletic fitness... 4
BFS Success Stories
BFS Male and Female High School Athlete of the Year... 8
48-0! How Duchesne High’s Football Team Did It... 13
Home Training: The BFS Way... 17
The BFS Approach to In-Season Training... 22
How to Fuel Your Workouts... 27
Training and Equipment
Quality Weight Training Gear for your Budget... 30
Using Chains and Bands for Physical Superiority... 35
The BFS Set-Rep Log Goes Paperless!... 40
Young Athletes Play it Safe and Strong with BFS... 44
In the BFS program, the power snatch is considered an advanced auxiliary exercise that can be used in place of the power clean. Both exercises develop the same muscles and increase power, and in fact improving your ability in one lift with improve your performance in the other. The power snatch, however, offers several advantages over the power clean and other types of explosive lifts.
Power is the ability to display strength quickly, and can be defined by the formula Force x Distance ÷ Time. Because relatively lighter weights are used, the power output for a power snatch is higher than a power clean. In fact, the second pull of the snatch produces five times the power output of back squats and deadlifts. Squats and deadlifts are essential to a total athletic development program, but in terms of developing power, the Olympic lifting movements are superior.
One of the advantages of the power snatch over the power clean is that some athletes, often due to the relationship of the upper arm to the lower, have a difficult time racking the bar on the shoulders. The power snatch catch position circumvents this problem as the bar is held overhead. Also, straps can be used on the power snatch to reinforce the grip – they should never be used on the clean as they can cause injury.
Next, because a wider grip is used in the power snatch, the athlete must bend their knees more and as such begin the lift from a lower starting position than the clean. As such, the legs move through a greater range of motion than the clean...
BFS has worked hard for the past five years to increase awareness of the problem of traumatic brain injury in athletics. Through out social networking channels we have shared research on the latest ways to diagnose and treat concussions. Our coaching staff has teams with experts in the field of neuroscience and medicine to given formal and informal presentations to coaches, administrators, parents and athletes on the subject. It was time for us to take the next step.
On June 13th, BFS hosted the Youth Athletic Development and Concussion Awareness Seminar at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. The focus of the seminar was on the prevention and identification of concussions, and the proven “back to play” protocols. It was designed for sports coaches and physical education teachers, and included an impressive list of speakers.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark D. Allen, Ph.D. Director of Concussion Research at Cognitive FX in Provo, Utah. Dr. Allen shared the latest research on concussions including the development of an advanced brain imaging technology called Neurocognitive imaging (fNCI). This type of MRI helps medical professionals determine the best treatment plan for those who have experienced traumatic brain injury and assess how quickly the patient is progressing in their recovery.
The seminar also included a presentation by Bobby Medina, a former BFS HIgh School athlete, NBA strength coach and a strength coach at Brigham Young University. Coach Median discussed the importance of a sound strength and conditioning program in helping to prevent concussion.
The program also included an introduction to the BFS Total Program by Chad Blevins Head Strength and Wrestling Coach for Mountain View with demonstrations of the BFS core lifts and the BFS set-rep system.
The seminar was a tremendous success, Below are some of the highlights of the event.
The Basics Help Timpview Win! “The BFS core lifts are the most important exercises for football: power cleans, squats, deadlifts, and bench presses,” Cary Whittingham
The Whittingham family knows football!
Fred Whittingham was a coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 1982-1991, his son Kyle is the head football coach for the University of Utah Utes, and Kyle’s younger brother Cary is the head coach for the Timpview High School Thunderbirds in Provo, Utah. This is Cary’s story.
Cary played linebacker at Brigham Young University from 1981-1985, earning a National Championship title in 1984, and played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1987. His accomplishments as a high school coach are equally impressive. Since he took over as head coach at Timpview High in 2012, the Thunderbirds have won three consecutive 4A state championships.
One of four high schools in the Provo School District, Timpview High School serves approximately 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12. It lies in the beautiful, mountainous valley of central Utah. As a graduate of Provo High School and BYU, Cary was familiar with the football environment in Provo and this no doubt led to a smooth transition into the head coaching position.
In the state championship game the Thunderbirds were facing an undefeated Roy High School, a team that won their semifinal game by a score of 39-0. The Royals shocked the Thunderbirds in the first half by holding them scoreless and giving up only 14 yards rushing. The last time the Thunderbirds didn’t score in the first half of a game was in 2007, a string of 103 straight games. However, thanks to its stubborn defense, the Thunderbirds were only down by seven, 0-7.
Timpview’s motto is, “Trust yourself, trust your team and trust your coaches,” and that turned out to be good advice in the second half. Cary and his staff were able to make the necessary adjustments, beginning with a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Britain Covey to Jordan Espinoza in the third to tie the game. The momentum continued to shift to the Thunderbirds as this was followed by a 70-yard punt return by Will Watanabe for a score. The Thunderbirds scored twice more and kept the Royals out of the end zone the entire second half to achieve a 28-7
With all the combined football knowledge in the Whittingham family you might think that Cary has learned many secrets to gridiron success. Not so. Cary says that among the keys to success in high school football are hard work, monitoring, and accountability. “You have to be sure the work is happening,” says Cary. And although he has the inside track on what his brother Kyle is doing with the Utes, he says that many of the offensive and defensive schemes used at that level are too advanced to implement at the high school level. Likewise, Cary sticks with the basics in his strength and conditioning program.
“The BFS core lifts are the most important exercises for football: power cleans, squats, Hex bar deadlifts, and bench presses,” says Cary. His program also includes plyometrics, medicine ball training, ladders, and the dot drill. As for auxiliary exercises, one of his favorites is the Turkish get-up, which he believes is a valuable exercise for developing core strength.
Although some parents believe that year-round specialization increases the odds of a high school athlete moving to the next level, Cary encourages his football players to participate in multiple sports. He believes that playing multiple sports teaches athletes how to compete. “Learning to complete carries over to the football field.” Such a philosophy has helped Timpview win state championships in both girls and boys sports; in fact, in the fall of 2013 Timpview teams won state championships in golf, football, volleyball and girls tennis.
Cary believes in year-round strength training, including in-season. The Timpview High School administration supports this training philosophy by scheduling weight training classes during the school day so as not to interfere with after school sports training and competition. In the summer, Cary and his staff supervises morning workouts in the weight room to ensure his athletes are ready for the upcoming sports year.
Asked what advice he would give to aspiring coaches, Cary replied, “Get a teaching certificate, because -- at least in Utah -- there is little money in coaching. Your career as a high school coach is going to be teaching. Beyond that, you need exposure to football – nothing replaces putting on a helmet and playing the game.” Cary also insists that he is happy with his current career choice and has no aspirations of coaching at the college or professional level.
Looking towards next year, Coach Cary Whittingham has the challenge of replacing his quarterback, but says that he has “a good core of talented kids coming back.” As for the record books, Timpview won four consecutive state championships from 2006 to 2010. Based on what we’ve seen from the Thunderbirds these past three years, the odds of breaking that mark are in their favor.
The BFS Magazine May/June Issue is packed with inspirational articles from high school teams and coaches who are making a difference on their teams and in their communities.
We also add a couple of pieces on equipment and the tools you need to make your program into a winning culture.
Building Champions with BFS
Table of Contents BFS Magazine
May / June 2015
From the Editor
Student/Athlete Reality Check
News and highlights from the world of athletic fitness
BFS Success Stories
Eagles for Ava
The positive impact of a “Be an 11” Seminar
Bulloch High Academy Wrestlers Stand Tall
Championships start in the weight room
The BFS Difference: Clinics, Seminars and Certifications
Unifying teams, schools, and coaches in a common goal
BFS: 39 Years and Growing Stronger
Helping Coaches Since 1976
Training and Equipment
The Shape of the Future: BFS Absolute Line
The Bench Press: Baseball’s Friend or Foe?
Surge: Ground-Base Fitness and Performance Training Breakthrough?