BFS Magazine

How NFL High School Coach-of-the-Year Bruce Larson developed a winning tradition

Steve Kinslow February 11, 2019

How NFL High School Coach-of-the-Year Bruce Larson developed a winning tradition

I don’t believe that I’ll ever forget my first conversation with Somerset’s Head Football Coach Bruce Larson back in 2002. Coach Larson’s message to me was clear and precise; Somerset High School was mired in mediocrity. Despite his efforts to change things, the community was OK with the status quo and the school wasn’t willing to make a large investment in a radical change.

Larson convinced me that the plan I laid out for his school would be followed and he was willing to put himself on the line to get it done. His sincerity and willingness to learn the BFS System convinced me to work out a spring clinic...

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Jim Brown - BFS Legend

Steve Kinslow February 05, 2019

Jim Brown - BFS Legend

Coach Jim Brown is a man on a mission. He is working tirelessly to help as many kids, students, and athletes as he can. His impact has stretched across 40 years. Since he first began implementing the BFS Total Program to his students in 1978 Coach Brown has recognized the value of a clear and consistent program that all students and athletes can run. Either for sports or physical education classes.

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The Risks of Early Sports Specialization

Steve Kinslow January 28, 2019

The Risks of Early Sports Specialization

Most kids do not know which sports best suits their athletic gifts, or which ones they will enjoy the most. Having a young athlete focus on one sport that they are not physically suited for, or one they do not enjoy, may encourage them to quit sports altogether. These issues, along with the higher rate of injuries, help explain why approximately 70 percent of young athletes will quit organized sports by the age of 13!

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Leadership and Life

Amy Kaufusi January 22, 2019

Leadership and Life

At BFS we are committed to helping coaches reach their full potential. We are pleased to bring you this powerful multi-part interview with D1 head coach Brian Holman.

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Strong & Safe with Weightlifting Belts

Steve Kinslow January 14, 2019

Strong & Safe with Weightlifting Belts

One of the basic tools of strength training is a weightlifting belt. Some may think of it as “cheating,” as a way to artificially lift more weights. Not exactly.

What the researchers found was that weightlifting belts could increase intra-abdominal pressure (i.e., compressing the gases and fluids in the abdominal cavity) that serves to decompress the spine. Or, to use modern-day terminology, belts serve to create a stable “core.”

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The Winning Room

Steve Kinslow January 07, 2019

The Winning Room

Bangor High School wanted to promote the idea that they were a total program, and for this reason, decided not to call their strength and conditioning facility a weight room, but a “Winning Room!” 

Mary Spade, assistant principal and athletic director at Bangor says, “We had had BFS at Bangor before I came here, but we kind of got away from it, so I decided to bring BFS back.” That decision started with a two-day WRSC Certification and Total Program clinic. 

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For Immediate Release

Amy Kaufusi December 31, 2018

For Immediate Release

EXPANDED

Starting today BFS is expanding our free shipping through March 2019. 

BFS is committed to helping our teachers and coaches help their students and athletes. Through your feed feedback, we learned one of the biggest ways we have helped over the last two months is our Free Shipping campaign... 

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Jeffersonville High Swim Team Weigh Training

Steve Kinslow December 17, 2018

20 Sports, 1 Team at Jeffersonville High

By Carlos Molina.
Most people don’t associate weight training with swimming, but they share a connection. The JHS Swim Team supplements their swimming practices with pumping iron to increase speed, strength, power, and reduce the risk of injuries.

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Knees in Front of the Toes?

Amy Kaufusi December 10, 2018

Knees in Front of the Toes?

One of the prevailing ideas in strength coaching is that during squats, the knees should not travel in front of the toes to avoid placing excessive stress on the knees. This advice is also prevalent in physical fitness classes; for example, aerobic instructors often tell their students to keep their knees back when they squat and lunge. There’s just one problem – it’s impossible!

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Record Breaking Performance!

Steve Kinslow December 03, 2018

Record Breaking Performance!

Team BFS weightlifter Nicole Patruno broke all the New England records in the 130-pound bodyweight class at the 2018 American Open Series 3, held during September 13-16 in Las Vegas.

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Dominate with the Hex Bar Deadlift!

Steve Kinslow November 26, 2018

Dominate with the Hex Bar Deadlift!

When BFS began doing clinics over 40 years ago, we taught that the three powerlifts, along with the power clean, were key to success in a unified program. We still believe that, but with one change – we found that the hex bar deadlift is superior to

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Chalk It UP!

Amy Kaufusi November 12, 2018

Chalk It UP!

Chalk, Chalk Balls, and Liquid Chalk? What is the best choice for you and, for that matter, why do you need chalk in the first place? In the weight room, chalk is used to absorb moisture to ensure a sturdy grip on barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and exercise machines. Although weightlifting gloves have their purpose, serious weightlifters do not use them on exercises such as snatches and cleans because the gloves adversely affect proprioception (body awareness), which is especially important to perform these lifts safely.

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Thank You Dr. Waters

Laura Rowbotham November 05, 2018

Thank You Dr. Waters

A BIG BFS Thank You to Dr. Waters from New Mexico.

Watch the video to learn how she has spearheaded a massive overhaul of the weight rooms and weight training program in the Central Consolidated School District. She has organized BFS Certification, BFS Weight Room Consultations, BFS Camps and more for the Central Consolidated School District. Her initiative and drive have led directly to the success of many of the school's boy's and girl's sports programs as well as involving the wider student body.


THANK YOU DR. WATERS! To learn more about the programs mentioned in this video click below:

 

Weight Room Certification

BFS Camps & Clinics

BFS Weight Room Consultation

BFS Weight Room Racks, Platforms, and Benches

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BFS ROCKS SWEDEN

Steve Kinslow October 29, 2018

BFS ROCKS SWEDEN

BFS is once again traveling to Sweden to work with their American Football program.

BFS President John Rowbotham is excited to reconnect with his coaching colleagues in Europe and bring the BFS Total Program to a new generation of Swedish players. Catch up on previous international impacts from BFS with this 2012 Article from the BFS Archives!

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BFS CEO Bob Rowbotham Retires

Steve Kinslow October 24, 2018

BFS CEO Bob Rowbotham Retires

After four decades of service to helping athletes and coaches achieve their goals, Bob Rowbotham has stepped down as CEO of Bigger Faster Stronger.

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St Croix - Culture of Champions

Amy Kaufusi October 22, 2018

St Croix - Culture of Champions

St. Croix Central has made its presence known in the state. Only three other schools in the state have achieved the level of consistent success we have seen this fall. It is a feat that can only be contributed to the culture we teach and model for our athletes every day of the year. As we continue in our winter season and into the spring, the Panthers look to continue their dominance of the Middle Border.

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HEX BAR for PEAK POWER

Steve Kinslow October 15, 2018

HEX BAR for PEAK POWER

As the popularity of the hex bar continues to grow, so has the number of research studies extolling its effectiveness.

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Multi-Sport Athletes Win!

Steve Kinslow October 08, 2018

Multi-Sport Athletes Win!

I recently saw an Internet discussion where a track coach said that if football is an athlete’s primary sport, the best approach to off-season conditioning would be to have him participate in indoor and outdoor track. BFS is a strong proponent of athlete’s participating in multiple sports

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An Athlete’s Guide to Power Racks

Steve Kinslow October 02, 2018

An Athlete’s Guide to Power Racks

Other than being used as an apparatus to rest a barbell on for squats, the power rack is often overlooked in most gyms. The fact is, the power rack enables you to safely perform many other core exercises and experiment with many unique training methods that can help you add muscle, get stronger, or become more powerful. That said, what makes a good power rack?

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Six Squat Myths that Must Die

Steve Kinslow September 25, 2018

Six Squat Myths that Must Die

Back squats have been a key component of the BFS Total Program since Day 1, which translates into 40+ years. It is unquestionably one of the single most productive exercises that can be performed in the weight room to increase overall strength and power.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BFS Introduces Free Shipping Site Wide

Amy Kaufusi August 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BFS Introduces Free Shipping Site Wide

BFS is taking the extraordinary step to make our estore a *Free Shipping site for the months of September and October. No minimum purchase. No product restrictions. Just *free shipping on every order.

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Maximize Your Workout Time, Dot Drill For Efficient, Effective Warm Ups

Steve Kinslow April 26, 2018

Maximize Your Workout Time, Dot Drill For Efficient, Effective Warm Ups

At BFS, we have the simple and effective method of properly warming up for lifting. It's called the Dot DrillDownload your free Dot Drill Instructions here.

If nothing else, a warm-up needs to increase your body temperature, breathing rate and heart rate to the level of the activity you will be performing. This means you need to break a sweat, so static stretching is not what you need. 

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Mario Martinez Passes On

Steve Kinslow April 26, 2018

Mario Martinez Passes On

Martinez started his weightlifting career lifting on 5-foot exercise bars with non-revolving sleeves, and when he was a teenager did 6 sets of 6 in the clean and jerk with 295 pounds with such a bar. He eventually moved to San Francisco to train with legendary coach Jim Schmitz, who was featured in our Spring 2002 edition.

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The Science of Hex Bar Deadlifts

Amy Kaufusi April 24, 2018

The Science of Hex Bar Deadlifts

As the popularity of the hex bar continues to grow, so has the number of research studies extolling its effectiveness. The lasts appeared in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

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