BFS Magazine

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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GHD For Speed!

Steve Kinslow February 09, 2016

GHD For Speed!

The Glute Ham Developer The GHD has been the number 1 auxiliary exercise for the BFS Total Program since it's inception 40 years ago. Now in the last decade this posterior chain essential has gained respect and understanding across many athletic and fitness training programs. Whether getting through the WOD at your local box or building speed in a Division 1 weight room, the GHD is now seen everywhere!

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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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Be an 11! The Case for Character Education

Carson Jones December 09, 2015

Be an 11! The Case for Character Education

Every year BFS clinicians visit numerous schools and youth organizations to give Be an 11 presentations that guide young people in setting worthy goals, both athletic and personal, and then help them develop action plans to achieve these goals. The Be an 11 program shows young people the importance of making positive choices, maintaining their self-respect and being team players and role models for others. The Be an 11 program is simply about being successful in all areas of life.

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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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15 Minutes on Implementing the BFS Total Program

Steve Kinslow November 04, 2015

15 Minutes on Implementing the BFS Total Program

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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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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Steve Kinslow October 08, 2015

4 Minutes with the Straight Leg Deadlift

The Straight Leg Deadlift is a recommended auxiliary lift in the BFS Total Program. Essential for building range of motion and speed this lift is often misunderstood. While it does build strength the primary goal is to build speed and flexibility. Measuring your results should be kept track of on the "sit and reach" flexibility test

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Carson Jones October 01, 2015

6 Minutes with Alina K. Fong, PhD

6 Minutes with Alina K. Fong, PhD Director of Concussion Treatment. 

BFS CEO Bob Rowbotham sits down with Dr Fong to get some straight information on the risks of concussion for all athletes throughout high school sports and activities. Dr Fong also shares her insights on the prevention of concussion and what coaches and teachers can be aware of going forward. 

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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 September 01, 2015

Concussion, Beyond Awarness

BFS has worked hard for the past five years to increase awareness of the problem of traumatic brain injury in athletics. Through out social networking channels we have shared research on the latest ways to diagnose and treat concussions. Our coaching staff has teams with experts in the field of neuroscience and medicine to given formal and informal presentations to coaches, administrators, parents and athletes on the subject. It was time for us to take the next step.

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