Nashville 2017 Highlight Reel
BY E.J. O'Malley



I was very fortunate to attend the 2017 NSCA Strength and Conditioning Conference in Nashville, TN back in January.  My goal for the last 20 years at these events is to take more notes than somebody next to me.  Then go home filter through all the stuff.  My passion is to share information to get the best, better!  If my students don’t believe my hype, then please believe much smarter people.  These presenters are on the biggest of stages in my profession.  Everybody is entitled to my opinion after we hear from these great coaches.

Let’s jump into the weeds!


Marisa Viola, the assistant director of strength and conditioning at Rutgers University, talked about influence.  Her mission statement was impactful.

            Why do you coach?  “Because of the kids and the passion I have for the game and the sport itself.  There is no better feeling than teaching a child the importance of discipline, hard work, team effort, dedication, determination, and the heart it takes to win not only in sports but in life.”

The Title Shot for National Academy is the Week 8 mile in my eyes.  Nobody puts more fire in my belly than those who completely obliterate their Week 1 times on that Oval Office.  It is an emotional ride of speed and power that justifies everything we do. 


Clint Wattenberg MS, RD       Cornell University – Coordinator of Sports Nutrition

“Perpetual Anabolism”

  • 3hr anabolic window for dietary protein
  • Ideal dose for tissue repair equals 20-30 grams
  • 50g limit to protein digestibility
  • 20-40g dose before bed for sleep recovery

I don’t deviate from my nutritional battle of 80% clean and 20% dirty.  I simply want the return on my investment.  Match the plate to meet the expenditure needs.  Slashing sugar should be the focal point in the everyday plan.  If the schedule requires me to train in the morning and the afternoon, I add more carbohydrates.  A rest day should focus on more protein and healthy fats, thus lowering carbohydrate intake. 


Tara De Leon MS, CSCS

Tara’s presentation focused on training the female athlete.  Empowered girls grow into amazing women was her final slide.  “If we get girls lifting at a younger age, we will increase their self-confidence, self-efficacy, and teach them to strengthen their passion.  Is there anything more important than that?”

Some of our Female New Agent Trainees can knock out 7-10 dead hang pull-ups.  This did not happen overnight.  Their stories share common habits.  Gymnastics and combative sports were par the course.  They are the standard and I would be compliant if they knocked on my door!


Matthew Krause  ATC, RSCC     Director of Strength & Conditioning – New York Yankees

Hill training is back with a vengeance.  The Yankees built a hill in their spring training complex.  Find the right grade, 3-12 percent is ideal.  Over 15 degrees adds stress to the Achilles and calf.  The benefits include conditioning, running mechanics, strength/power, and elasticity in the ankle/foot.  The hill prevents the athlete from reaching top speed which will protect the hamstrings, i.e. less risk. 

All tactical athletes must develop power in the lower body.  The lower back will compensate for weak legs.  Repeat hills require no gym membership and are fundamentals.  It is also speed work in disguise. 


Here is a mandatory recipe from the Physical Training Unit of the FBI!

The Lumberjack Slam from Denny’s is on the training menu for the fall season.  I know I have many researchers that have crushed this breakfast special.  The twist here is to eradicate the food and add the conditioning!  Rest 1 minute between each food group and drill!

Here is the Rx.

Pancakes – Push Up variations for 1:00, then Leg Cranks for 1:00

Eggs – 800 meter run

Ham – 500 meter on the Rower

Sausage – 1 mile on the Bike

Bacon – Pull variations for 1:00, then Front or Side Plank for 1:00

Take 2 plates of conditioning if necessary!


About the Author:  E.J. O’Malley is a Health and Fitness Instructor at the FBI Academy, Physical Training Unit.  He earned his B.S. from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He holds certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

 


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