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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Spanning Generations with Sean Waxman

Steve Kinslow September 06, 2017

Spanning Generations with Sean Waxman

BFS had a great weekend at FitCon Utah's St George edition. At events like these we are often approached by people who come through the BFS program and have great stories to tell. (After 40 years of making an impact across the country there are a lot of stories tell!) This event was no exception.

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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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BFS on the Road in Aledo Texas!

Steve Kinslow June 19, 2017

BFS on the Road in Aledo Texas!

BFS Clinician JIm Brown is on the road again. BFS Clinicians are privileged to travel around the country and help athletes students and coaches reach their full potential. On these journeys we get to meet with some of the brightest and best influencers in athletics.

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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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How I learned more from training 9-year olds than from training pro athletes

Steve Kinslow April 11, 2017

How I learned more from training 9-year olds than from training pro athletes

As winter training slowly come to an end, athletes eagerly await the start of a new season. Nowhere is this more apparent, than in the sport of Baseball. The boys of summer are once again ready to set new records, and, hopefully, replace any previous disappointments with cheers and thrills. This goal of achievement relies heavily on the fact that, the winter training program was fundamentally sound and efficient in correcting weaknesses and forging new strengths.

 The winter training program has to realize that, like most sports, Baseball is a "True Agility" sport. Every movement on the field is decision-based, which, in essence, is the definition of True Agility.

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Record Keeping is Central to the BFS Total Program

Amy Kaufusi April 06, 2017

Record Keeping is Central to the BFS Total Program

You can keep the simplicity of our Set-Rep Log books, but get the management functions and portability of a phone app. App includes predefined weekly schedules with recommended lifts for all common sports. Customize your weekly schedule using any lift on any day.

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Amy Kaufusi March 22, 2017

BFS CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO P.E. IN BOSTON

BFS has a sincere and ongoing commitment to Physical Education. This week we were in Boston for the 2017 SHAPE convention where hundreds of teachers and administrators braved blizzard conditions to learn more about helping their students be their best. 

At the Boston SHAPE 2017convention we ran into Bob McBride, IAHPERD Executive Director, who had a chance to chat about BFS's 10 year run attending and speaking at the Illinois State IAHPERD Convention. BFS attends many state level SHAPE conventions so look for us in your state soon!

 


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Program, People, Product

Steve Kinslow March 10, 2017

Program, People, Product

Before taking any action, ask yourself, “How can this money improve our facility to optimize the performance of our athletes and enhance the health and wellness of our students?” Unless we first address potential problem areas – in the equipment, the space, the level of instruction or the ages of the students and athletes – we’re sure to face unnecessary financial and physical costs later.
Here is the most effective and efficient process I have found as an athlete, educator and parent for building a safe and fiscally responsible program for the highest level of athletic performance: The 3 P’s: Program, People, Product.

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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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Steve Kinslow February 07, 2017

UNIFIED TRAINING FOR MULTI-SPORTS ATHLETES

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.

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Hex Bar for Athletic Superiority

Steve Kinslow February 02, 2017

Hex Bar for Athletic Superiority

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.

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First Issue of 2017 Now Available

Steve Kinslow January 13, 2017

First Issue of 2017 Now Available

Amanda Vesti is a motivating young cross country runner who has exceeded expectations and shocked her entire state with her 2016 exploits! Her coach, Paul Dick, credits her success to building a proper power to body weight ratio with BFS Core Lifts. Her increased metabolism from strength training helped Amanda run faster while maintaining a cross country physique.

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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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Bob Rowbotham’s  Tradition of Excellence

Steve Kinslow December 20, 2016

Bob Rowbotham’s Tradition of Excellence

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.

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Jumping into Plyometrics

Steve Kinslow December 16, 2016

Jumping into Plyometrics

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.

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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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