Michael Zweifel

Website: http://www.building-better-athletes.com/

Michael Zweifel, MS, CSCS, is the owner and head of sports performance at Building Better Athletes in Dubuque, Iowa. He's worked with athletes from youth to pro in every sport imaginable. His work has appeared on EliteFTS, Breaking Muscle, STACK and the PTDC.

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Why Forcing 'Better' Biomechanics on Athletes Doesn't Always Make Sense

When it comes to complex sport movement, there is no textbook technique. So why do many coaches try to force their athletes into what they deem as per...

How to Build Hamstrings Equipped for Extreme Speed

The hamstrings are essential to running fast. In my first article on high-speed hamstrings, we established the functions and key unique characters ...

Connecting the Weight Room to the Field: Small Changes Make a Big Difference

Believe it or not, motor learning and skill acquisition doesn't have to end on the field. With some simple tweaks to our training, we can bring many o...

High-Speed Hamstrings: The Fine Line Between Pulling Away and Pulling a Muscle

Hamstring injuries are a sports epidemic. From 2001 to 2014, hamstring injuries increased by an average of 2.4% per year (Ekstrand et al, 2016). A ...

Crunch Time: The Benefits of Adding More Pressure and Anxiety to an Athlete's Training

"Under pressure, you don't rise to the occasion. You sink to the level of your training." This quote is attributed to the Navy Seals, but I believe...

How Athletes Can Make Their Warm-Up Less Mindless and More Competitive

Should the warm-up be used just to raise body temperature, increase range of motion and slowly prepare the body for the training? Or can we be more pr...

Coaches Can Maximize the Impact of Their Feedback by Saying Less

Swedish psychologist Anders Ericsson said that deliberate practice (meaning practice that maximizes learning) requires certain elements. One of those ...

Why Athletes Need 'Movement Variability,' and How Coaches Can Deliver It

A popular term as of late is "variability;" specifically, "movement variability." Previously, variability has been thought to be bad in athletes. W...

2 Simple Drills to Help Athletes Accelerate Faster

If you coach any team sports, you know acceleration is king. In sports like soccer, 90% of sprints are 20m or shorter, while in rugby, 68% of sprints...

3 Form Tips to Increase Your Top-End Speed

While acceleration gets the most loving when it comes to team sports, top-end sprinting is arguably just as important. If you watch a game, many of the...

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