Unify your PE and Athletics to bring physical, mental, and even academic success to your school
Dulaney High brings BFS into the classroom
It used to be that the interests of physical education and athletic departments of high schools would clash, with neither wanting anything to do with the academic side of things either.
Today we live in a different world, where high school budgets are tight and compromises are inevitable. All the departments at a school have to work together, not only to share equipment but also to integrate all the aspects of a student’s education for a common purpose.
Dulaney High is part of the Baltimore County School System, and their success in integrating the BFS program into their physical education classes was a key reason they have been named a BFS High School of the Year.
Kyle Fiat, the varsity boys’ lacrosse coach at Dulaney, used the BFS program when he lived in Salt Lake City, where BFS is headquartered. Fiat is aware that a high percentage of young men and women drop out of organized sports at a young age – one estimate is that 70 percent drop out by age 13.
Fiat says that due to deconditioning, these types of kids are at a definite disadvantage in their junior and senior years if they decide to try to get back into a sport. However, he is confident that if these kids were involved in an athletic fitness program such as BFS, their strength, coordination and other basic athletic skills would be at a high level and their transition back into sports would be easier. Along with the physical pluses, there are also mental positives to be gained with athletic fitness programs.
Mental Health and Physical Conditioning
David Schlenoff, a psychologist for the school who is certified with BFS, evaluated the results of a research study involving Dulaney students who used the BFS program. The personality test administered was the Piers-Harris 2, which provides insight into an individual’s self-concept and is often used to help identify at-risk youth.
Schlenoff found that the girls using the BFS workout experienced significant improvements in many areas that fell under the category of happiness, such as cheerfulness, ability to get along with others, and their perspective of life circumstances.
Of course, being able to have BFS in the physical education classes helped with the overall success of the athletic program, as athletes could get their workouts done before classes. An early morning BFS class was also offered at 6:30 to accommodate students who couldn’t attend otherwise.
Virtually across-the-board athletic team success for both boys and girls sports. Here are some examples of win/ loss records in the 2103 season:
Girls Volleyball, 21-0 (state champions);
Boys Basketball, 13-3;
Girls Softball, 13-3;
Girls Lacrosse, 11-4;
Coed Tennis, 9-3;
Girls Field Hockey, 13-6;
Girls Basketball, 9-5;
Boys Baseball, 13-9;
Coed Wrestling, 8-3;
Boys Lacrosse, 10-6;
Boys Soccer, 8-4-2.
Also noteworthy is cross-country runner Isabel Griffith, who won the state championships.
The Dulaney High School Girls Volleyball Team not only won the 4A state championships last year, but did it with a 21-0 record.
With such great results, plus the
36-year history of success and extensive teaching resources BFS offers, Fiat says the next step was a natural: BFS was integrated into the school curriculum as a for-credit class. After all, who can argue with success?
Dulaney High School is the ultimate example of a unified program:
athletics, physical education, and academics. On a scale of 1-10, Dulaney
High and its students are 11’s!
Training Smart With the BFS Six Absolutes
Biomechanics sounds like a large subject that is difficult to understand or implement in a high school strength and conditioning program. But it can be simplified and used to great effect by consolidating the bigger ideas into just a few guidelines. The BFS Six Absolutes is not a phd but is a framework that applies alignment and safety of young athletes that can give your coaches a unified teaching method for most athletic movements.
One reason the Six Absolutes are so amazingly effective is that all coaches can use the same terminology when teaching weight training and sports skills. After all, how can athletes be expected to follow instructions exactly when the instructions they receive seem different? Such confusion also goes against the concept of developing a unified program. Therefore, when teaching the squat, instead of one coach saying, "Make your chest big!" and another coach at batting practice saying, "Spread the chest!" both coaches will simply say, "Spread the chest!"
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Making commitments, setting goals, and embracing challenges are the ethos instilled in our BFS Total Program and Be An 11 clinics. Our presenters are passionate and inspiring and make a positive impression not only on the students but also on the teachers and coaches. The following excerpt from a former BFS multi-sport athlete is a great example of what motivates us and charges up our enthusiasm to work the youth.
Hello Coach Rowbotham!
I hope this e-mail finds you, your family, and the entire team at BFS all doing well.
I was very appreciative to see my BFS Impact story featured again recently on Facebook, and it reminded me of an article that I have been meaning to share with you for quite some time published by my hometown newspaper, The Advertiser Gleam. I have attached the article here.
Lake Guntersville, AL is a small, quaint town. Because the town is home of the Bass Masters Classics and Hydrofest boat races and is a very sports minded town, their newspaper, The Advertiser-Gleam, reaches a broad audience all across the country. I was very proud to feature BFS in the article.
You continue to make a tremendous impact and continue to be celebrated. Many thanks!
There is no better time than now to make a commitment to your staff, your students, your community. Learn more about a championship building BFS Total Program Clinic or a Be An 11 character education seminar today. Click or Call 800-628-9737
Read more about B.B. Hudspeth's story in the BFS Magazine
Beginning a Dynasty
Remembering Coach Bruce Larson
The entire BFS Family is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the great football coaches in the USA. Coach Larson was a truly a quiet giant in the game - his coaching and teaching was model for any coach at any level of the game. HIs students, athletes, fellow coaches across the country are better for having had Coach Larson impacting their lives.
The Twitter hashtag #LightUpForLars is a moving tribute to this man...
Somerset High School: A BFS Success Story
... Quickly, Somerset became the place where perfect technique in the weight room was transferred to perfect technique on the field. If a weight training or athletic development problem came up, Coach Larson called me or another coach at the BFS home office that same day. If we decided it was necessary to fly me up to Wisconsin, we did it. If he needed a piece of equipment to help solve a problem, he found a way to fund it. If the athletes needed a “gentle reminder” of how success was achieved in their hometown, I was there to help the coach who was now a good friend.
Coach Larson found a way to buy the equipment recommended. He bought our specifically designed weight room plan for his modest space. He worked with his school and community to build a compact, but totally functional championship weight room that suited the specific needs of the problems we discovered on our mutual planning. ...
BFS Is Back In School!
Variations of the Bench Press
Being a BFS Certified Coach and Teacher is so much more than just running the team through a few deep squats or power cleans. It means having an understanding of the mechanics of the entire body and how to maximize results. As a Certified WRSC teacher you will have the tools to train students and athletes safely so they can compete at their best level on the field of play. Lets look at the th BFS approach to Bench Press.
At BFS we believe that an athlete should use a variety of bench pressing types of exercises, including the towel bench press, incline bench press, decline bench press and unilateral bench press. Using these variations helps prevent overuse injuries by stressing the joints at different angles, and also can provide resistance in positions that more closely approximate those that occur in a specific sport. We have a number of Bench Press and Lifting Accessories On Sale Now!
Towel Bench Press.
One of the criticisms of the bench press is that placing the bar on the chest places high levels of stress on the connective tis- sues of the shoulder, especially if performed several times a week. By limiting the range
of motion of the lift by placing a rolled-up towel under the shirt, or using a round towel bench pad, the stress is minimized. As such, the lift can be performed more frequently – in the BFS off-season program one common workout design is to perform the standard bench press on Monday and the towel bench press on Friday; another advantage is this sequence can often be performed year-round. Further, as with the restricted range of mo- tion of the box squat, the lift places less stress on the recovery ability and thus you could perform it the day before or even the day of a competition without adverse effects.
Incline and Decline Bench Press.
An incline press can be specific for putting the shot, and the decline press can be specific for certain swimming strokes. Because more weight can be used in the decline press than in the incline press and the conventional bench press, performing the decline press can build confidence. It’s important, however, when using the decline press that the bench be designed with an anchoring apparatus
for the legs so that the athlete does not slide during the lift.
Close-Grip and Reverse-Grip Bench Press.
Moving in the grip when performing the bench press focuses more on development of the triceps. The reverse-grip bench press involves performing the lift with the palms facing the athlete (supinated grip). Made popular by Anthony Clark, a super heavy- weight powerlifter who broke the world record with this style, the reverse grip focuses more on development of the triceps. When an athlete performs this style, it is especially important for the spotters to be careful about removing the barbell from the supports and returning it, because the change in leverage makes it difficult for the athlete to do this by himself or herself.
This type of bench press, popular among football players, is performed on a special apparatus that enables the exercise to be performed from a standing position and also with one arm at a time. Because the shoulder blades are not pinned against the bench, the motion is more natural and places less stress on the upper body. And because it is performed from a standing position, more muscle groups are involved.
The bench press is a great upper body exercise to develop the chest, shoulders and triceps. The risk of injury and accidents can be minimized by paying special attention to using correct form, proper equipment and well-trained and alert spotters.
Join BFS President and CEO John Rowbotham as he appears on the BCPS health & physical education podcast.
Justin O'Brien, BCPS Supervisor Physical Education, hosts this wide-ranging interview which covers many aspects of the BFS Total Program. From safety first and respect for budget constraints, to commitment to physical development as a lifelong tool and skill for all growing bodies and NOT just for athletes.
BFS is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of our most experienced and impactful clinicians. Bob Bozied spent decades with BFS and was one of the most thoughtful, loyal, and knowledgable clinicians we have had the pleasure of calling a colleague.
BFS President John Rowbotham was inspired by Bob Bozied as a young man and clinician. Rowbotham says of Bozied “He was a huge personal mentor to me and his passing is a loss to BFS and to the coaching community at large”.
Coach Bozied has positively
impacted literally thousands of
young people over his career
in teaching and coaching.
Bozied had a successful career including Head Football Coach at W.C. Hinkley High School in Colorado.
Bozied was named “Coach of the Year” in Colorado at Adams City High School and at Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota.
At the college level, Bozied was an assistant coach at Augustana College for seven years, a team that earned two Division II playoff appearances.
Coach Bozied was a true believer in young athletes developing all around athletic skills through playing multiple sports and strength training in a safe and effective manner. Coach Bozied’s son Tagg Bozied, an All American baseball player at the University of San Francisco and Triple A player said of his father “My dad always stressed to play all sports to be a balanced athlete.” This ethic made Coach Bozied one of the most impactful clinicians BFS has ever had the honor to work with.
Coach Bozied’s commitment to his athletes and students extended far beyond the field of play as exemplified by participation in the BFS Be An 11 program on character education. Bob Bozied will be missed at BFS as a coach, clinician, friend, and, colleague. He will be remembered for his loyalty, thoughtfulness of others, and, the example he has left us for a life well lived.
Rediscover Static Stretching
Green Forest: Ready to Work
Congratulations to Green Forest on installing their new weight room!
BFS clinician Jim Brown worked closely with the Green Forest administration/School Board and specifically Coach Gregg Tibbitt who jump started this entire project.
Dead Lift Tips
Dead Lift Tips
There is absolutely no question about the dead lift It is a misunderstood lift. The dead lift can be a coach's most valuable motivational tool. However, many coaches fear lower back pain. Many mistakes can be made which cause this problem. Starting with The Six Absolutes of Perfect Technique we have written several articles about spotting and our book, posters, and magazine describe how to spot to keep the weight back on the lifter's heels to prevent lower back pain. Here are three more tips which should prove valuable.
Equal Access to Strength Training - The Hunter High School Experiment
Strength and Conditioning for Women's Sports at Hunter High School
“Heather Sonne is a masterful teacher and attends to any task given to her with great determination and vigor,” says Maile Loo, the principal at Hunter. “She is an excellent instructor, coach and athletic director and works tirelessly to accomplish all tasks requested of her! Her skills and integrity lend to the success of our physical education program and Hunter High School.”
Speed and Agility Training for Success
Jogging or pedaling a stationary bike will raise your body temperature, get your blood pumping, and make you breathe hard, but does this sound like the type of warm-up an athlete should use? We have a different approach to warming up and agility training.
First, we prefer that athletes use the dot drill to warm up before all workouts. The dot drill is an ideal warm-up because not only does it fulfill all the requirements of a good warm-up, but it improves coordination, foot speed, and agility. It also strengthens the ankles, which could be considered a weak link in the body because they are frequently injured in athletics and can be frustrating to rehabilitate. And because an athlete who injures an ankle is five times more likely to injure it again, it makes sense to include exercises that will prevent the ankles from becoming injured in the first place.
When athletes first attempt the dot drill, they often feel clumsy and find it extremely tiring. These difficulties will pass, especially if the athlete commits to performing the drill six times a week. For most athletes, we’re asking for less than 10 minutes of work per week—an investment well worth the price. To further motivate athletes, here are the BFS standards for male and female athletes.
After the dot drill, we encourage athletes to perform agility drills to help with cutting and changing direction. To this end, we have developed a free download, 25 Agility Drills for Every Athlete. This practical guidebook gives you 25 simple drills using cones to simulate all the basic movements that occur on the field and the court.
At BFS, we’ve found that if you’re really serious about improving performance in any aspect of strength and conditioning, you have to test it. Whether it’s by how much you lift, how high you jump, or how fast you run, you have to find a way to accurately measure performance so you can set personal records and then break those records. This is also true with the dot drill and agility drills, and we recommend that athletes test themselves twice a month and record the results.
THE BFS DOT DRILL PAD
The BFS Dot Drill Pad is the warm up foundation to all the work we do in the BFS Total Program. The BFS Dot Drill gives athletes a perfect start to get their muscles firing before a work out while building the agility and foot speed to compete on the field of play. We recommend two Dot Drill pads for every work out station.
NFL Strength Coach Justus Galac
Isaiah Lamb - BFS 11
Isaiah Lamb is and exceptional young man who has worked hard - step by step - to carve out a life setting, reaching and crushing his goals!
A committed BFS Athlete since his high school career Lamb credits his success to discipline learned in early morning BFS workouts. Bringing his best every day to strength and conditioning led to outstanding achievement on the court at Dulaney High School. So much so Lamb went on to play D1 and Professional basketball.
Preparing Now for the Future
Learn from Coach Justin Berenson's 23 years of coaching experience. HIs book is a wealth of knowledge no matter what stage your program is at.
"Building An Exceptional Football Program"
By Coach Berenson
Preparing Today, Taking the Initiative
Learn how this 23 year football coach took initiative to deal with this challenging school year!
"When the pandemic hit, we were at a loss, trying to figure out what to do. Thankfully, BFS put out the free Home Workout From BFS series. I immediately did the workouts to determine the pace I wanted to use with my athletes."
BFS Impact! B.B. Hudspeth
I can’t say enough about the positive impact Bigger Faster Stronger had on my college athletic career and the respect I have for this company. I first became familiar with BFS as a college sophomore. Having just transferred to Maryville College in Tennessee as a member of the Fighting Scots football team, we were blessed to have a new head coach and coaching staff who understood and embraced the importance of a sound strength and conditioning program.
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Learn how Jake took his baseball to the max with strength training from a BFS Certified coach!
In the past, baseball coaches were reluctant to have their athletes lift weights, unless it was light dumbbells to rehabilitate a shoulder or elbow injury. Now the sport has embraced the weight room, and one athlete who has benefitted from this paradigm shift in coaching is Jake Guggenheimer.
A Closer Look at the Hex Bar Deadlift
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE POWER CLEAN
Why BFS considers this lift a must for serious athletes
By Kim Goss
For many years this BFS core exercise has been attacked by those who thought it had little value for an athlete, by those who thought it was dangerous and by those who thought it was too difficult to teach. They were wrong, and the survival of the exercise has benefited those who want to run faster, jump higher and be overall more powerful.