BFS Magazine

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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BFS Stretching For Speed #1

Steve Kinslow July 29, 2019

BFS Stretching For Speed #1

Intensity and proper technique are critical to making gains in your flexibility. Learn what a Total Program can do for your improvement get on board with the BFS Total Program for Athletic Development!

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Weight Room Safety is No Accident

Steve Kinslow July 23, 2019

Weight Room Safety is No Accident

At Morrilton, Arkansas Jim Brown, one of our most experienced clinicians, led 23 teachers and coaches from across all sports and ages in a BFS Weight Room Safety and Strength Certification (WRSC).

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The BFS Approach - Preventing Knee and Ankle Injuries

Steve Kinslow July 15, 2019

The BFS Approach - Preventing Knee and Ankle Injuries

How important is ankle mobility to injury prevention? One study of 10,393 Australian basketball players found that the “players who did not stretch before the game were 2.6 times more likely to injure an ankle than players who did.” Let’s look at another example.

Many athletes believe that tendons are fragile and that they should wear high-top tennis shoes for added support – however, there is no research to support the idea that high-top tennis shoes reduce the risk of any injury. Further, in the sport of weightlifting (snatch and clean and jerk), the athletes wear low-top shoes. And although male athletes have lifted triple bodyweight overhead and women have lifted double, ankle and knee injuries are rare. 

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Capacity: Physical and Neurological

Steve Kinslow July 08, 2019

Capacity: Physical and Neurological

The ability to compensate is known as an athlete’s capacity, or resistance to change. Capacity has a foundation in both the physical and neurological aspects of performance and should be analyzed in an environment that equals or exceeds game speed. This article will explain both the physical and neurological sides of capacity and how they can impact performance.

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District Wide Commitment

Steve Kinslow July 01, 2019

District Wide Commitment

In this video LT Erickson Ph.D., Twin Falls School District, Secondary Programs Director explains how incorporating the BFS Total Program and Weight Room Safety Certification give the students in his district the best opportunity to reach their full potential.

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3 Keys to Variety in the Bench Press

Steve Kinslow June 25, 2019

3 Keys to Variety in the Bench Press

Performing a Bench Variation once a week can alleviate shoulder stresses. When training larger groups and teams the Towel Bench has one disadvantage which is that the towel or block takes time to get in position in a consistent manner. BFS has the solution - The BFS Bench Block. This sturdy foam block secures to the bar - not the lifter - so moving from athlete to athlete in the rotation is smooth and efficient.

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Strong and Flexible

Laura Rowbotham June 21, 2019

Strong and Flexible

The core of the BFS Program is a tried & true formula for increasing athleticism. However, there is great flexibility within the Program in regards to auxiliary lifts, equipment, facility, recovering athletes, etc. Watch this video to learn about some of the ways the BFS Program can be adapted to fit any situation.

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Eyes on target

Steve Kinslow June 17, 2019

Eyes on Target! Absolute #6

In the weight room, Eyes on Target is a great teaching tool for coaches. In the squat, often an athlete is taught to look up at the ceiling at the start to help keep their back tight. While this posture may seem comfortable at the start, it’s at the bottom position where things go bad because it is virtually impossible to look at the same point on the ceiling when you’re in the bottom position. As a result, the eyes move to a different target, the head follows and the body moves out of position. Don’t look up and don’t look down; instead, stare intensely straight ahead and fix your eyes on a single point throughout the entire lift.

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