Commitment at the District Level Reaps Benefits for Physical Education
Working with New York City Public Schools this month has been an awesome experience for BFS. Our all new Professional Development seminars have really been making an impact across the largest school district in the country. Many PE teachers and administrators have hailed the day as one of the most fruitful seminars they have ever attended.
Learning about effective and safe weight room protocols has really opened up these teachers to the ease of incorporating strength training into their Physical Education environment. By combining a dynamic presentation along with actual hands on training every educator in attendance was kept involved and excited to learn more.
BFS provides the path to ongoing education and Weight Room Strength and Safety Certification (WRSC) by crediting teachers in attendance with credit toward completing the WRSC course. Working closely with NYPS, BFS can offer PE teachers their WRSC for only $99.95 (a $399 value).
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Selectorized equipment is certainly a time-saver. To change resistance the user only has to move a pin attached to the weight stack, and the machines tend to take up less space than plate-loaded equipment, especially when weight holders are required. But in terms of performance, there is no difference between selectorized machines and plate-loaded variations. There is, however, one major advantage of plate-loaded equipment: cost.
Adding a weight stack to an exercise machine significantly increases the cost of the unit. Also, due to the weight of the machines, shipping and handling costs are also higher. Whereas a plate-loaded machine may cost $800 plus $200 to ship, it’s possible that the exact same machine in a selectorized version may cost $1,600 plus $400 to ship – seriously, almost double. In today’s economy, that is an important distinction.
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High school athletes come in all sizes, but their training should be unified.
When the strength coaching profession was in its infancy in the 1970s, it was difficult to find information about periodization. Much of the material appeared only in articles published in expensive journals or a few hard-to-acquire books, many not available in English. All that has changed in today’s computer age, but easier access comes with its own set of problems.
For starters, much of the information available about periodization has been poorly translated. For example, here is an excerpt from a textbook written by one of the foremost experts on periodization, the late sport scientist Yuri Verkhoshansky: “The perfectioning of a basketball player’s technical-tactical arsenal is also associated with the growth of their functional preparedness and the rise in the stability of the specific motor habits towards the developing fatigue.” It’s a pain to decipher phrasing like this, and any coach reading it will quickly lose interest.
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Multisport high school athletes should squat year-round and strive to break personal records in the exercise year-round.
Forty years ago the deadlift was one of the core exercises we encouraged athletes to perform year-round. BFS pushed this great core exercise in our early years because it was unparalleled in developing the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. We still believe that, but the fact is that we soon played less emphasis on it because we found something better.
What we’ve learned in working with young athletes is that regardless of what type of deadlift and athlete does, the exercise must be performed with the lower back “locked in” to protect the spine. When record poundages are used, there is a tendency for the athlete to round the lower back, thereby diverting some of the load from the muscles onto the connective tissues and disks. A belt helps, providing postural feedback to the lifter that he or she is breaking form, but the best insurance for protecting the lower back is to use a hex bar.
The hex bar places less stress on the lower back and more stress on the legs. Consider the following study: “A Biomechanical Analysis of Straight and Hexagonal Barbell Deadlifts Using Submaximal Loads,” published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The researchers found that compared the to the straight bar deadlift, the hex bar deadlift produced “significantly greater peak force, peak velocity and peak power values.”
A research study published a year later showed that the hex bar is a superior method of performing not just deadlifts, but also squat jumps. The study was called, “Effect of Load Positioning on the Kinematics and Kinetics of Weighted Vertical Jumps.” It was published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
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The BFS Total Program is a comprehensive system with one goal. To help young people be the best they can be in athletics, in academics, and in life. In this issue of BFS Magazine we have assembled articles for the archives to help you get started!
Because The Total Program is a broad system it can appear intimidating to new users, however at its core it is about incremental improvement over time. Implementing this program has proven over 40 years that this simple idea teaches valuable life skills from goal setting to personal responsibility. Coaching the Total Program in PE or athletics gets easier every week because students and athletes WANT to improve and through diligent record keeping seeing themselves improving, week in and week out.
Flexibility, agility, strength and teamwork training can happen in the timeframe of high school schedules, BFS has been doing it for 40 years. Let us show you how. Start with this free issue of BFS Magazine and see what championship results could be on your horizon!
40 Years Strong In 1979 Bob Rowbotham joined the Bigger Faster Stronger team as a clinician, and eventually took over the company as president and later CEO. Although there have been many advances in the fields of athletic and physical fitness since BFS headquarters opened its doors, the principles BFS was founded on have not changed. Coach Rowbotham has made certain of that.
“The BFS program originated from working with world-class track and field athletes, athletes who often displayed exceptional levels of strength, power, and explosiveness,” says Rowbotham. “When the company started, the only athletes who were using the weight room were football players and the throwers in track and field. Consequently, BFS was perceived to be a football program, it’s taken a long time change that perception.”
Committed to Athletics and PE Rowbotham and his staff spread the word about BFS by attending conventions for state and national physical education organizations, such as SHAPE America. The appeal of BFS grew as sports coaches, strength coaches, and physical education instructors saw the benefit of working together in a unified program. Rowbotham says that the BFS principles have been verified by scientific research, such as the superiority of the hex bar deadlift over the straight bar deadlift.
WRSC Certification “Our certifications started in 2005 because of the concern about safety and liability in the school environment, and because weight training was becoming more popular with athletes in other sports and students involved in physical education classes. These topics would be better addressed in a specific seminar for those administrating the program, rather than a general clinic for both coaches and athletes.”
School System “One of the biggest challenges is in the structure of the circumulum. We don’t have the physical requirements for physical education that we had 20 years ago. Based upon our experience, when the weight room is set up correctly, weight training becomes one of the most popular classes in the PE curriculum. Schools that have developed an elective program in conjunction with the athletic team environment is where BFS has grown the most.”
Multi Sport Athletes Because the competitive sports environment is so much higher today, Rowbotham believes it’s especially important for athletes to be involved in the weight room. “Coaches, athletes, and parents understand that now. They also understand that strength is just one component of developing the total athlete. Strength training, in conjunction with other aspects of conditioning, presented in a format that produces progressive gains over time that can be measured objectively, is key to the success of BFS.”
Six Absolutes. “The Six Absolutes improves the quality of coaching by ensuring that everyone is on the same page in their use of terminology teaching optimal technique, not just in the weight room but also during sports performance. It also creates a repetitive educational environment, making for a more efficient teaching environment. This is especially important when working with large groups of athletes.”
“BFS started in the competitive athletic environment, but it has evolved into much more than that. We are concerned about the well-being of all young people, even those who do not participate in sports. One of our mottos is that BFS is about “Coaches Helping Coaches,” and that’s true. But the bottom line is that what we do is about helping kids.”
NO Fad or quick fix Plyometrics have been an essential part of the BFS Total Program since it's inception. Plyometrics have proved to be vital to championship programs across the country for 40 years!
Plyometrics is a powerful tool for athletic training, in the middle school and high school environment, the most practical and effective form of plyometric training is box jumps.
Box jumping bridges the gap between strength and power. Being able to squat 400 pounds (181 kilograms) is great, but that alone does not ensure explosive power. Box jumping can help the muscular system contract more quickly and with greater force.
To properly run a plyometric box jumping program, coaches should have access to boxes of various heights. Whereas the standard plyometric box for high school athletes is 20 inches, for middle school athletes, heavier athletes and athletes at a lower skill level it's best to start them on 10- inch Readiness boxes.
Coaches looking to improve the speed, power and jumping ability of their athletes should consider investing in some plyometric boxes and performing a progressive program of box jumping. When plyometrics is used correctly and consistently, it is an extremely effective training method that only takes a few minutes week. It's a win-win workout!
This month's issue includes a number of great stories - our Athlete Of The Year, Athletic Strength Training for Boxing and Keeping Track of Success. This excerpt explains how BFS is moving forward and giving Coaches all the tools they need to run the BFS Total Program in a modern weight room! Download the Full Magazine Here
With the advancement of technology and the push for integrated PE program, BFS set about developing an app for the BFS Set/Rep Log Book. Because the app is based on the web, BFS offers this software across any device or operating system with a web browser.
The BFS Set/Rep Logbook App keeps the simplicity of our Set-Rep Log Books while providing the management functions and portability of a phone app. Predefined weekly schedules are included with core and auxiliary lifts for all major high school sports.You can also customize your weekly schedule using any lift on any day, add any lifts you want from hundreds of included exercises.
Coaches or administrators will love this app, they can see the data on their teams and athletes at a glance. Data includes scores, records, and trends for athlete or team. Athletes enter their scores on their phone or tablet and see how many records they've broken.
Just like our Set-Rep Log Book, the app (supervised by the coaches) guides each athlete in which lifts to do, and how many sets and reps to do each week. The weight lifted for each set is determined by the individual athlete based on their past performance for that lift.
The BFS Set/Rep App keeps the simplicity of our Set-Rep Log Books while providing the management functions and portability of a phone app.
The BFS Total Program enables every athlete to make personal records, often several personal records, every single workout – even in-season. Whether you decide to use BFS Logbooks, the Beat the Computer Pro, or the BFS Set/Rep Logbook App, you now how the tools to set goals and achieve success.... Download the Full Magazine Here
There is no shortage of social media outlets that promise you the best athletic training system for young athletes. There are good programs, and there are some that are…well, not so good. What separates BFS from all of them is our 40-year history of success. That’s right – four decades!
Dr. Greg Shepard founded BFS in 1976, and his vision has been carried on by CEO Bob Rowbotham and his son, BFS President John Rowbotham. Joining them are a team of clinicians that include certified teachers and active coaches. These clinicians know the difference between the type of optimal training used by Olympians and professional athletes, and the reality of working in the school environment with multi-sport athletes.
The mission of Bigger Faster Stronger is to encourage positive changes in the lives of young people, and it does this through a three-tiered approach to meet the needs of athletes, coaches and school administrators.
For athletes and physical education students, we offer seminars and clinics on character education and athletic fitness training. For coaches and physical educators, we offer certification programs and continuing education materials that teach how to increase the safety and effectiveness of their sports and physical education programs through the concept of unification. For administrators and gym owners responsible for making equipment-purchasing decisions, we offer the highest-quality exercise equipment that fits any budget along with a knowledgeable sales staff to take them facilities from concept to completion.
One key to our long-term success is our emphasis on unification. Unification is the concept that all high school and middle school athletes will adhere to the same basic training philosophy. This means that all athletes, from football players to basketball players to swimmers, perform the same core weight training exercises, the same speed and agility exercises, and the same flexibility and plyometric exercises. Such organization improves athletic performance and reduces teaching time, as well as preventing many administrative hassles and personality conflicts.
One aspect of unification is our promotion of Six Absolutes, which are training principles that are amazingly effective in teaching perfect technique not only in the weightroom but also in any sport. One reason the BFS Six Absolutes are so effective is that they encourage all coaches to use the same terminology when teaching weight training and sport skills.
Another important part of our organization is the BFS Readiness Program. This is a complete strength and conditioning system designed for those who are not yet ready to engage in weight training programs performed by more physically mature athletes. The focus of the BFS Readiness Program is on developing perfect technique in all the basic components of athletic fitness, giving athletes a head start when they graduate to the BFS Total Program.
To help young people fulfill their potential in all areas of their life, BFS offers a character education program called Be an 11. This program is designed to inspire student-athletes to set worthy goals, both athletic and personal, and then help them develop action plans to achieve those goals. Along the way, they learn about the importance of making positive choices, maintaining their self- respect, and being team players and role models for others.
In the world of social networking, since 1980 Bigger Faster Stronger has been the official magazine of our company. A bimonthly, full-color print publication, BFS is full of inspirational success stories, advice from top coaches and sport scientists, and the latest information on liability and safety. BFS also has an outstanding website that answers all your questions about our programs and athletic training equipment, and also provides a link to the BFS Online Learning Center for the latest in multimedia education for strength and athletic fitness training.
For strength training, athletes need free weights: power racks, benches, barbells, and dumbbells. For speed, must-haves included plyometric boxes, pulling sleds, and systems for measuring speed and jumping ability. At first, our single line of equipment was enough, as the focus was on providing high school coaches with quality equipment at the lowest price. Later, we expanded our products to serve the needs of all athletic and physical fitness programs. We have our highest quality D1 line, our heavy duty Elite line, the functional Varsity line, our bold Absolute Oval line, and most recently our BXI line that includes the racks, rigs and strongman training accessories to accommodate the popular “boot camp” workouts.
There’s a vast number of strength and conditioning programs available currently, and coaches no doubt will be exposed to many more programs during their careers. But with its proven track record that spans four decades, BFS stands apart as the leading company in helping young athletes succeed.
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Founded by Dr. Greg Shepard, the leadership now rests in the hands of CEO Bob Rowbotham and President John Rowbotham. The mission of Bigger Faster Stronger is to encourage positive changes in the lives of young people, which we do through clinics, seminars, certifications and our multi-media network. It also offers several lines of equipment to fulfill the needs of any physical fitness or athletic training program. We’ve been going strong for 40 years, and we are looking forward to 40 more!
Keep up with every exciting development in the world of BFS as we begin our next 40 years! Our digital magazine is now published 12 times a year. Engaging articles to inspire, train and motivate you are always a click away. The pdf format is easy to share with students and other coaches and teachers.
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!