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OCTOBER digital focus : Strength training AB Highlights strength training coverage compiled from our extensive archive

This month, we’re digging deep into the AB archives to pump up our strength training coverage. Whether you’re looking for programming or equipment advice, we can help give your strength training knowledge a lift.

The Case for High School Strength Coach Hires

By the time student-athletes reach the collegiate level, most have gained some measure of elite status — even before a certified strength and conditioning coach has had a chance to assess their talents and influence their trajectory. But what about high school athletes?

Youths Can Reap the Benefits of Strength Training

Olive Stevens deadlifted more than twice her bodyweight at the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa. It was one of four national and world records set by Stevens in the squat, bench and deadlift, as well as the combined total of all three lifts. Stevens is six years old.

Strength Training Benefits Older Participants

Researchers conducted two studies to determine the benefits of resistance training for older adults, and found that even a basic program of resistance training can benefit this population in a variety of ways.

Vernon Smith Talks Strength and Motivation

Vernon Smith is a strong guy. In fact, he's probably in the top 1 percent of the population in terms of sheer physical strength. As the head strength and conditioning coach at NAIA Marian University in Indianapolis, he's proud to walk the walk for the student-athletes he trains and mentors.

Strength Equipment Requires Maintenance to Maximize Functionality

Given the heavy workload it carries in any commercial fitness environment, strength equipment has long been built for durability. Equipment technicians report certain strength machines surviving decades on the fitness floor.

Functional Fitness Modular Structures Provide Variety

There's no doubt functional fitness is here to stay. From CrossFit to TRX to high- intensity interval training, more exercise programs are taking their cues from functional training, leading to an increased demand for space inside health clubs to accommodate such programming with a range of equipment that can include dumbbells, resistance bands, suspension trainers and squat racks.

How Clubs Can Maximize Use of Cable Equipment

Cable strength equipment is well-suited to the functional fitness aspirations of many members; however, the machines can be confusing and intimidating. With sound instruction and a little promotional effort, fitness centers can help more members to enjoy cable training.

Adding Functional Strength Equipment to the Weight Room

There's an undeniable shift taking place in today's weight rooms. Interest is moving away from doing a prescribed number of reps toward more dynamic, functional movements with heavy-duty equipment.

The Benefits of Hosting Onsite Certification Events at Fitness Facilities

Staff members at certifying organizations explain the benefits of hosting onsite certification events at fitness facilities.

Guiding Members Through Individualized Circuit Strength Programs

Circuit strength training is effective and efficient; but, if members don't realize how the equipment is meant to be used or its benefits, it just sits there. How you educate members on the basics of using a strength circuit — and guide them through individual circuit strength programs — depends on your facility's size and goals. But developing a clear and concise guide to circuit strength training will help members get the most out of your fitness center.

Why Gyms Are Offering Strength Training in a Group Setting

Free weight areas in most gyms have historically been loner zones. Beyond the occasional request for a spotter or instruction being delivered during a private coaching session, the primary soundtrack at the lifting platform and dumbbell station has been the clank of iron and the occasional grunt.

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