BFS Magazine

Bench Press Breakthrough!

Steve Kinslow January 15, 2020

Bench Press Breakthrough!

The bench press is a BFS core lift that is unparalleled for developing strength in the triceps, chest, and shoulders. It has become such an important part of any athlete’s training that the most common question asked to those who lift weights is, “How much can you bench?” The right tools can accelerate your gains on this valuable lift!

Lifting Bands provide the most resistance at the end range of the lift, such that the athlete can apply more force during this portion of the lift. 

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Don’t Skip Lunges!

Steve Kinslow January 09, 2020

Don’t Skip Lunges!

We begin junior high and high school athletes with lunges without any weight. We want to get the correct movement down. As in all lifts, the technique is vitally important with lunges. Start with a narrow stance and step out – the challenge is to see if the athlete can come back to the starting position smoothly without any false steps.

Power balance is important in football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, and the following events in track: hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault, discus, shot put, javelin, and the hammer throw. Whenever an athlete needs to change direction explosively and transfer quickly from one leg to the other, power balance is required. Lunges are fantastic for that purpose.

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What’s for Breakfast?

Steve Kinslow January 06, 2020

What’s for Breakfast?

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why? Dinner is usually the largest and most complete meal of the day, so certainly a case can be made for it being #1. Let’s see what the research says, and along the way, take a closer look at what athletes should eat, and not eat, on the first meal of the day.

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5 Fallacies of Functional Training

Steve Kinslow January 02, 2020

5 Fallacies of Functional Training

One of the earliest references we could find about functional training was from the early 90s by Mel Siff and Yuri Verkhoshansky in their classic exercise science textbook, Supertraining. These respected sports scientist said there are two types of strength training, “structural resistance training” and “functional resistance training.” They said the primary goal of structural resistance training is to increase muscle mass – so, bodybuilding.

Functional resistance training, in contrast, refers to activities that will enhance your ability to perform daily tasks or sports. More specifically, Siff and Verkhoshansky said functional resistance training improves the following physical qualities:

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It Takes a Team!

Sara Rowbothaam December 16, 2019

It Takes a Team!

A BFS weight room installation at Mountain Ridge High School is an opportunity for the school to come together and get invested in their own success. With sports teams and PE classes assisting the BFS installation crew the whole process was a fun time and great for team building. BFS has the equipment and the consulting experience to do the same for your school. Let our 40 plus years of working closely with high schools assist you in developing your dream weight room and training facility. From concept to completion - design to execution - BFS has the answers. 1-800-628-9737

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Recommendations From the Mayo Clinic

Amy Kaufusi December 04, 2019

Recommendations From the Mayo Clinic

Notes from the BFS Total Program Camps and Certifications

Don’t confuse strength training with weight lifting, bodybuilding or powerlifting. These activities are driven by competition, with participants vying to lift heavier weights or build bigger muscles.

For kids, light resistance and controlled movements are best, with emphasis on proper technique and safety. Your child can do many strength training exercises with his or her own body weight. Free weights and machine weights are other options.

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3 Critical Deadlift Tips

Steve Kinslow November 19, 2019

3 Critical Deadlift Tips

Practical advice on the best way to get strong with this powerful exercise

There is absolutely no question about it: The deadlift is the most misunderstood lift in America today. Many coaches tell me they are concerned that it can cause lower back pain, and certainly there are several deadlifting mistakes that can cause this problem. Here are three valuable tips to help athletes deadlift more weight and perform the exercise safely:

Tip 1. Only perform low reps. To perform more than 5 reps in the deadlift, especially in the 10-rep category, is asking for serious trouble. The maximum number of heavy reps that should ever be attempted in the deadlift is 5.

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A Common Thread in Wisconsin’s Middle Border Conference

Kelly Waite November 12, 2019

A Common Thread in Wisconsin’s Middle Border Conference

Seven of the past eight years a Middle Border Conference School has played for the Division IV State Championship. Not a bad track record, but why are these schools so successful? One consideration is the style of offense.  All of these offenses are run orientated with limited passing. The defenses are premised on stopping the run first and many athletes play both ways. With that said the other common denominator is, they all use is the Bigger Faster Stronger Total Program.

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Young Athlete Impact with BFS

Laura Rowbotham November 04, 2019

Young Athlete Impact with BFS

Learn from first-hand experiences of young athletes as they work with the BFS Total Program. By emphasizing a safe and incremental system of encouraging young people to grow and develop to their own potential our program is the best answer for your growing students and young athletes! BFS is designed to be started at any age using bodyweight only ensuring a safe start to technique based resistance training.  The following BFS Athletes Interviews feature Trace (age 13) and Addy (age 11). Their stories shed light on the physical, and mental benefits of a real, engaging development program for young minds and bodies.  

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Think Twice about Romanian Deadlifts

Steve Kinslow October 28, 2019

Think Twice about Romanian Deadlifts

Despite advanced sports medicine care and the best-of-the-best coaching staffs, there were a reported 45 hamstring injuries during the first three weeks of the 2019 NFL season!

For over four decades, BFS has taken a multi-faceted approach to prevent hamstring injuries. In addition to a stretching program that addresses both hamstring and hip flexor tightness, the BFS program includes many weight room exercises that strengthen the hamstrings, including glute-ham raises, hex bar (or straight-bar) deadlifts, squats, straight-leg deadlifts, and Olympic lifting movements such as cleans. Why so much attention to a single muscle group? Besides helping to prevent injuries, hamstring development is critical for improving speed.

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You Must Train In-Season!

Amy Kaufusi October 21, 2019

You Must Train In-Season!

BFS recognized that for single-sport athletes these programs did have their advantages and were obviously successful, periodization programs were not practical when coaches were working with multiple-sport athletes at the high school level – especially those in team sports. First, these periodization programs usually focused on peaking for only a few competitions a year. If you’re a football coach, under this system which game would you peak for? ...

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Experience and Execution at Mountain Ridge High School

Steve Kinslow October 15, 2019

Experience and Execution at Mountain Ridge High School

A BFS weight room installation at Mountain Ridge High School is an opportunity for the school to come together and get invested in their own success. With sports teams and PE classes assisting the BFS installation crew the whole process was a fun time and great for team building.

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Training Bars Set You Up For Success

Steve Kinslow October 11, 2019

Training Bars Set You Up For Success

BFS offers a wide variety of tools to help beginner lifters learn technique before adding too much weight. In this video Coach BFS talks about the BFS Aluma Lite Bar (15-pounds) and the BFS Youth Hex Bar (15-pounds).

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Playing Up!

Amy Kaufusi October 07, 2019

Playing Up!

“We may not be able to pick the best athletes to come into our athletic program, but weight training is one of the things we have power over and we maximize that. We also come for the perspective that if you work hard you’re not only helping your team but helping your teammates. We want to give a positive experience and we want to produce quality members of society when they get out of Athens High School.”

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6 Ways to Improve Agility and Lateral Speed

Steve Kinslow September 26, 2019

6 Ways to Improve Agility and Lateral Speed

There is no question that simply playing a sport will improve agility and lateral speed. There are many methods of increasing these essential athletic qualities that will help any athlete beyond their natural talent or how much they practice their sport.  Learning proper movement skills is, of course, essential to moving quickly, and this is one of the primary jobs of the sports coach.  Here are six effective ways to step up your athlete's game...

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Weight Room Organization and Safety

Laura Rowbotham September 20, 2019

Weight Room Organization and Safety

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: The BFS Tech Protector is the answer to your messy weight room. The Tech Protector offers a safe place for student-athletes to store their Set Rep Log Books, phones, or tablets while they are working out.

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Board Spotlight: Anne Shadle Goes the Distance

Amy Kaufusi September 10, 2019

Board Spotlight: Anne Shadle Goes the Distance

It was while attending South Sioux City High School in South Sioux City, Nebraska, that Shadle learned about the BFS Total Program. “A BFS clinician came to our school, set up our weight room, and taught our coaching staff how to implement the program,” says Shadle. “I liked the BFS program and thought it helped me stay healthy and set up a strong structural foundation for my future athletic career.

Distance runners often have reservations about lifting weights, but this wasn’t the case with Shadle’s high school coaches. “The message I got from my coaches was that performance is all about the strength-to-weight ratio.  It was important to be structurally strong and fast.” She says that not only did the BFS program fulfill her goals of being a faster and stronger runner, but also helped keep her injury-free. “Strength training for a distance runner is much more than just strengthening bones,” says Shadle.

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Stay the Course with BFS

Amy Kaufusi September 03, 2019

Stay the Course with BFS

In college sometimes the stars align over a team of gifted athletes who demonstrate that “talent prevails”. At the high school level the playing field is more even, as schools are categorized according to the size of the student body. Another major difference is that most athletes at the high school level are multisport athletes – with the result that the strength and conditioning programs used at the college level (which are characterized by long off-seasons) are not practical in grades 9-12. Further, training methods that are appropriate at the high school level may not be appropriate at the middle school or even elementary school level. BFS understands these differences...

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BFS Dot Drill for All Athletes

Laura Rowbotham August 29, 2019

BFS Dot Drill for All Athletes

The BFS Dot Drill is not only an effective warm-up but it also improves agility and quickness. BFS offers a FREE DOWNLOAD to help you get started on the DOT DRILL. Check out the BFS Downloads here: http://bit.ly/BFSDownloads BFS also offers other DOT DRILL materials here: http://bit.ly/BFSDotDrill Thanks for watching!

 

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Top 3 Auxiliary Lifts for SPEED!

Laura Rowbotham August 23, 2019

Top 3 Auxiliary Lifts for SPEED!

Gaining SPEED is one of the main objectives in athletic development. At BFS we have 3 Favorite Auxiliaries that we add to the core lifts to increase SPEED. Check out this video blog for BFS MAgazine and get more details on each Auxiliary in the magazine page.

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BFS Plyo Boxes and Your Program

Steve Kinslow August 12, 2019

BFS Plyo Boxes and Your Program

In recent years more and more coaches in a wide variety of sports are incorporating plyometric box jumping into their training programs. At BFS we have been advocating the use of of this explosive training method for all athletes since our inception over 40 years ago. Learn how to get your plyo program started BFS!

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BFS Stretching For Speed #2

Laura Rowbotham August 09, 2019

BFS Stretching For Speed #2

For increasing speed, flexibility maximizes the effectiveness of gains in strength. Intensity and technique are critical to making gains in your flexibility. Get on board with the BFS Total Program for Athletic Development!

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BFS Impacts Generations at Southwest Middle School

Steve Kinslow August 06, 2019

BFS Impacts Generations at Southwest Middle School

Southwest Middle School in Searcy, Arkansas was named "Best of the Best" for 2018 by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and looks to raise their goals even higher in 2019. Principal Carrie Parsley has welcomed teachers and staff back to school with a message from BFS that inspires everyone, from students to educators, to be the best they can be!

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Gain Strength with Variable Resistance

Amy Kaufusi August 01, 2019

Gain Strength with Variable Resistance

Training with VARIABLE RESISTANCE is a great way to add variety to your workouts and increase strength.

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