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“My job is herding Cats” - Leo Totten If you want to follow along with our opening lifter critique head over Brandon Gruvers insta feed (@bcgruver) (https://www.instagram.com/p/BcqUqsEHeMa/?hl=en&taken-by=bcgruver). Phil, Joe and special guest Leo Totten discuss the evolution of remote coaching, recap their own experiences at the recent American Open Finals, and the game plan for taking attempts in national level meets.   http://media.blubrry.com/docandjock/content.blubrry.com/docandjock/EDWL_21_Hearding_Cats_mixdown.mp3  ...

Totten Training Systems announces the latest course in the certification series. Coaches Education and Lifting Certification (CELC) Everyone knows how important a positive, efficient weight room is in the production of top level athletes and teams. Give your teaching and coaching in the weight room a better direction! Learn more about the CELC and our other offerings on the courses page....

Leo Totten, MS Head Coach, Totten Training Systems Head Coach, East Coast Gold WL Team One of my favorite things to do first thing in the morning is to tune in to Mike and Mike on ESPN.  I like to catch up on the latest scores and the back and forth banter of two very cool sports talk show hosts.  Mike and Mike often bring on special guests who offer their expert opinions on the topic of the day. Herm Edwards, an outstanding football coach and now expert analyst, was brought in to discuss the professionalism (or lack thereof) of a particular pro athlete.  His perspective was very enlightening and his point was how he breaks down athletes into two basic categories – those who are “interested” and those who are “committed”. As a coach, how many times have you come across athletes who talk a big game and have big plans on doing this...

Leo Totten, MS Totten Training Systems, LLC USAW Level 5 We all have been inundated with information on how beneficial the Olympic lifts can be as part of the strength coach’s repertoire – an effective tool in the toolbox.  Many of the physical attributes that athletes need are enhanced by doing the Olympic lifts properly: Ability to exert forces as well as to absorb forces Maximum force production as quickly as possible (explosive power) Total body movement / Multi-joint movement mimicking sport movement Closed kinetic chain Triple joint extension Functional core stability However, many coaches use the Clean as the sole Olympic lift and forget the benefits of getting some Snatch training into their programs as well. What is the Snatch and what does it accomplish?  The pull pattern is basically the same as the Clean, but the difference is where the “catch” or “receiving position” occurs – overhead instead of on the chest. Because of...