Sunday, June 28, 2015

Juniata College Strength and Conditioning 2015 Recap

Hello Everyone!

The 2015 Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic was an incredible experience! I met some of today's best strength coaches, sport coaches, trainers, doctors, therapists, and educators!

Here are some of the highlights!
Standing in the center, next to Coach Doug Smith and some of the great attendees!
Coach Doug Smith, creator of the Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic, was named the 2015 Strength Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I got to spend some time with Coach Smith and we had some great conversations about strength and conditioning. I can tell you he is one of the smartest, most passionate, caring coaches I have ever met!

Check out the Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic Website HERE
See a list of the other Strength Coach of the Year recipients HERE 

From top down, Head Strength Coach for Football at Wake Forest, Brandon Hourigan.
Head Strength Coach for Women's Basketball at West Virginia University, Brian Whiting, and
Coordinator of Strength for Carnegie Mellon University, Alan DeGennaro.  
The were a variety of topics and something for everyone. There are a lot of cool vidoes of Wake Forest's Head Strength Coach for Football Brandon Hourigan like this one that you should check out!

Being from Ohio, it was a big deal to meet the Head Strength Coach of Olympic Sports for
The Ohio State University, Anthony Glass. 

I asked my athletes before I went to Juniata if they had any questions they wanted me to ask the other coaches. The two questions I got were both for Ohio State's Strength Coach Anthony Glass. He was so friendly and approachable (thank you Coach Glass)!
  • The first question: the heaviest back squat he's ever seen? He's answer 775lbs by a hockey player! 
  • The second question: what's one exercise/drill the athletes at Ohio State do to become faster? He's answer: once a week speed drills in a sand pit! 
To learn more about Coach Glass and his amazing staff at Ohio State, check out their webpage HERE.
Coach Robert Taylor Jr of SMARTER Team Training brought great energy and information to his presentation!
I was eager to talk with Coach Taylor of SMARTER Team Training (DC area) as I am a big fan of his work. I asked him some very personal and candid questions, and his genuine responses were incredibly helpful to me. Coach Taylor gives away a ton of free information about speed, strength, and conditioning, including his free SMARTER Team Training podcast which I have listened to many of his episodes via Stitcher. Check out his website, it is full of GOLD!

I was really impressed by Jim Kielbaso of Total Training Performance Centers.
A lot of what I teach about speed training was reinforced and added too thanks to Jim Kielbaso of Total Training Performance Centers (Detroit, Michigan area). He showed a great exercise for speed development called the Foot Popper that I will be adding to my coaching arsenal! He's got a great WEBSITE and YOUTUBE

I had a lot of fun participating in some great Hands-On Sessions!
Eric Mitchell (left) of Parisi Speed School and Training for Warriors did a great job of demonstrating a proper warm-up and conditioning session. HERE's a great video of him to check out! I also learned a lot from participating in Forever Fit Foundation's Pilates training session (right). Which could have easily been called, "how to make your athletes strong from the inside out!" I highly recommend checking out their website HERE.

Me speaking at Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic 2015.
Lastly, I was honored to speak to such an amazing group of professionals at Juniata. My topic, "How to Setup a Continuous Speed, Strength, and Conditioning Program" received great feedback. I was humbled when Coach Doug Smith said my presentation gave him a summer homework assignment. :-)
Creating a system takes time to setup initially, but saves you over 10 times the amount of time later!

Here are some other great strength professionals and programs you should check out!

I look forward to presenting again at next year's Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic!  If you would like a copy of presentation please email me at 

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic 2015

Hello Everyone!

This weekend I am honored and excited to be speaking at the Juniata College Strength and Conditioning Clinic in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. As a speaker I am in the company of some of the greats in the world of speed, strength, and conditioning.
Coaches such as:

  • Anthony Glass, Ohio State University Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports 
  • Bradley Pantall, Penn State basketball Speed, Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Brandon Hourigan, Wake Forest University Head Strength Coach 
  • Alan DeGennaro, Carnegie Mellon University Strength and Conditioning Coordinator 
  • Robert Taylor Jr, owner of SMARTER Team Training 
  • Todd Hamer, Robert Morris University Strength Coordinator 
  • Kate Decker, who works with the Philadelphia Eagles and is one of the most certified coaches I've ever seen.
  • And many others! See the full list of awesome strength and conditioning professionals HERE
My topic is "How to Setup a Continuous Speed, Strength, and Conditioning Program" and is about how creating a continuous system can be used to provide high level speed, strength, and conditioning without much overhaul throughout the year. This is important for strength coaches because creating this system will save time, build cohesiveness, and be easier to implement and stick too. 

My talk will address both the private sector strength coach, like myself, and the collegiate strength coach, like I used to be. And will help strength coaches of any philosophy do what they do better, which is making athletes faster, stronger, and more powerful.

Stay tuned for my weekend recap!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance 

Monday, June 8, 2015

PGC Basketball's SNAPS Leadership Convention

Hello Everyone!

I just finished an amazing extended weekend with PGC Basketball (Point Guard College) as I attended their 3rd Annual SNAPS Leadership Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Everything at PGC Basketball's SNAPS is first class.

What is SNAPS?
The best way I can explain SNAPS is:
An opportunity to immerse yourself into a powerful, professional, and passionate culture that will expose you to industry leaders and people that are genuinely interested in you and your success.
Top left: Alan Stein. Top right: Adam Bradley. Bottom let: Michael Goad. Bottom right: All the great speakers.

If you're striving to be greater than you currently are, if you want more out of your career, sport, or life, then going to SNAPS will accelerate your progress into the better you that you want to be.

Tangibly you'll leave with blueprints and actionable plans on how to achieve whatever it is you're trying to achieve. You'll leave focused and fulfilled. You'll wish you could be in the SNAPS environment all year long. I know that's how I and everyone I interacted with feels.
Powerful topics with powerful messages!

SNAPS isn't for everyone. It's for the great coaches, people, athletes, (put any profession here) that are trying to be the top 1% at their vocation and life. SNAPS is a competitive advantage for those in attendance.

I look forward to attending next year and maybe I'll see you there!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance