BFS Magazine

HOT AUXILIARIES!  Why BFS Athletes Need Lat Pulldowns

Steve Kinslow September 26, 2017

HOT AUXILIARIES! Why BFS Athletes Need Lat Pulldowns

Auxiliary lifts are special exercises 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.

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The Squat in 2017

Steve Kinslow September 19, 2017

The Squat in 2017

Because the squat was such a controversial exercise at the time BFS opened its doors in 1976, almost every article that appeared in BFS magazine about the squat included a section about how it could help prevent injuries, not cause them, and improve athletic performance. BFS Founder Dr. Greg Shepard and his team of clinicians also took our message on the road, each year giving hundreds of clinics at schools and athletic training facilities promoting the value of squats.

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Five Things You  Probably Didn't Know About BFS!

Steve Kinslow September 15, 2017

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About BFS!

With over 41 years in the business, BFS has established itself as the leader in athletic and physical fitness training. We've not only shared our message through our magazine, website, and social media outlets, but our clinicians have given nearly 20,000 hands-on total program clinics, coaching certifications, and character education seminars. Despite this exposure, there are a few unique aspects of BFS that many people may not know about. Here are five of them:

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MONTANA STRONG AND TEXAS DYNASTIES! Did you miss these BFS summer issues? Free digital mags available now!

Amy Kaufusi September 06, 2017

MONTANA STRONG AND TEXAS DYNASTIES! Did you miss these BFS summer issues? Free digital mags available now!

BFS Clinician and Coach, Jim Brown was in Texas and was honored to meet with Steve Wood, Head Football Coach of the 6 time, 5A Texas State Champions, Aledo Bearcats. After running the table at 16 - 0 The Aledo Texas Bearcats have been recognized by MaxPreps as one of the top 25 varsity football programs out of more than 1700 programs across the country and have received the National Guard National Ranking Trophy.

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BFS Professional Development now available

Steve Kinslow June 22, 2017

BFS on the Road - Professional Development in New York Public Schools!

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.

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New Weight Rooms and New Connections

Steve Kinslow May 26, 2017

New Weight Rooms and New Connections

One of the perks of being a BFS Clinician is the sheer number of great people we get to meet and interact with as we travel across the country. From teachers and coaches and high school athletes at the highest level, we love the chance to impact lives. However, we also know that we are equally impacted by the people we are fortunate enough to come across in our journey. Case in point: BFS Clinician Jim Brown.

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Plate Loaded Equipment Delivers on a Budget

Steve Kinslow March 03, 2017

Plate Loaded Equipment Delivers on a Budget

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.

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BFS Whats Happening

Steve Kinslow January 05, 2017

BFS Whats Happening

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!

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BFS Leadership Program Exposes Young Leaders to Top Coaches  in Athletics and Sports Science

Steve Kinslow November 14, 2016

BFS Leadership Program Exposes Young Leaders to Top Coaches in Athletics and Sports Science

In the first week of November, BFS hosted our Leadership Program which exposes top students and athletes to real-world applications of leadership. Coach Kyle Fiat and Athletic Director Rich Reed from Dulaney High School in Maryland, accompanied four leaders from the Lion's Lacrosse program to Salt Lake City to learn from top coaches and researchers in the world athletics.

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BFS Magazine From the Editor - Up Front by Kim Goss

Steve Kinslow November 01, 2016

BFS Magazine From the Editor - Up Front by Kim Goss

It’s been said that the number of sports medicine clinics in the US is growing at such a fast pace that by the year 2019 they will all be connected by a giant walkway. That’s a joke. What’s not a joke is seeing a large number of athletes disappearing from high school athletes to specialize in a single sport.

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Pick Your Spots

Steve Kinslow August 15, 2016

Pick Your Spots

In working with high school athletes in my area, one challenge I’ve found is convincing coaches that it’s important to lift hard in-season. It’s a message that BFS has been preaching for the past 40 years. Take the example of track and field, specifically high school sports where I live. There is the indoor season, the outdoor season, and in the summer the sport can continue with amateur competitions run by the AAU and USTAF. Let’s break down the outdoor season.

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Run the Total Program on your Terms

Carson Jones March 14, 2016

Run the Total Program on your Terms

Boys, girls, soccer, football, volleyball or track - it does not matter, running faster and jumping higher will improve your winning chances. And strength training and conditioning will build your speed and power. The BFS Total Program provides a clear system of record keeping so you know that the training done in the weight room is translating to results on the field of play.

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Free February Magazine Live and  BFS Set Rep App Explained!

Steve Kinslow February 23, 2016

Free February Magazine Live and BFS Set Rep App Explained!

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.

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40 Years and Growing Stronger

Steve Kinslow February 05, 2016

40 Years and Growing Stronger

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!

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BFS 101, Strength - Training and Equipment

Steve Kinslow December 07, 2015

BFS 101, Strength - Training and Equipment

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.

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3 Minutes on why 40 Years of BFS  Means Success For You!

Steve Kinslow October 28, 2015

3 Minutes on why 40 Years of BFS Means Success For You!

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!

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3 Minutes on Power Balance with the Lunge

Steve Kinslow October 19, 2015

3 Minutes on Power Balance with the Lunge

BFS Championship Camps promote strength, agility and speed which add up to "power balance". Power balance is important in all sports, for boys and girls. Football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and in track: hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault, discus, shot put, javelin and more. 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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Carson Jones September 23, 2015

Character education a dominant attribute of high school sports! BFS Magazine tells the story!

High school football is making a lot of news in the last couple of weeks. And it is not good. From athletes in Texas blindsiding 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!

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Steve Kinslow September 08, 2015

Training the Power Snatch Get this free article on advanced technique!

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.

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Steve Kinslow August 20, 2015

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

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 Ca

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Rediscover Box Squats

Steve Kinslow April 29, 2015

Rediscover Box Squats

In the early days of the Iron Game, bodybuilders trained hard on strength lifts such as the squat, deadlift, and bench press. Chuck Sipes, winner of the IFBB Mr. Universe in 1960, had massive muscles that enabled him to bench press 570 pounds and lift 250 pounds in the barbell curl. Sipes was a proponent of heavy partial movements, believing that their primary benefit is to increase tendon strength. That’s only one aspect of what partial movements can do for you.

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