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9/11 Remembrance

“As we got ready in pre-game, I don’t remember anything but quiet and whispering voices. It was as if New York was the stage, the Giants were America’s star and we just the poor guy who had to take a fall in the third act… Read More »

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Supplement Recommendations

“I have been meaning to write up a recommendation for supplements for a while, so thanks for submitting your question. There are many conflicting opinions on supplementing. I think first and foremost, that if your training and food intake is not taken seriously, you are wasting your time with supplements. With that said, there are hundreds and thousands of supplements on the market today. Just click on BodyBuilding.com for a glimpse of what is out there. Everything from MEGAXPLODE 9000 to crushed yak testicles claims to aid in performance… Read More »

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What kind of exercises will I need?

“Talk To Me Johnnie…I’m a high school junior looking to play Division 1-AA football in college. I’ve been doing CrossFit for a couple of years now, and I’m looking for what types of exercises I need to be able to do, and goals I need to hit in order to make it. I figure you guys would be the best people to ask. Let me know. Thanks, Steve… Read More »

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Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant.

“Ask 11 men wearing armor to impose their will on another group of 11 men wearing armor standing just across an imaginary line and see what happens. Now add 75,000 fans screaming and millions of dollars in salary and see where it gets us. Now breed an attitude of superiority in the men from the time their are kids and for good measure have them lift weights and train like it was a job from high school… Read More »

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Mangled

“NFL fans, people outside, they have no clue what goes on. This isn’t like playing Madden…The thing about football is you’re directly playing with your life, the quality of it and the longevity of it…We consider football a gladiator sport because we understand you’re going to get hurt…You might not die now, like in an old Roman arena, but 5, 10 years down the road, you could… Read More »

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REPOST: Strength Training For Young Athletes

“I enjoy the repeat questions because it means more often than not, people’s mode of thinking is changing and they are starting to ask the right questions. I do however, need to do a better job in the FAQ linking to many of the topics that keep coming up. I received a question from a CFFB certified high school football coach and thought it would be a great chance to repost my write-up on strength training young athletes… Read More »

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Preparing for Big Ted

“In 2000, early in the year we played Buffalo at home. At the time, Ted Washington was playing defensive tackle at 400+ lbs and was bringing the big bull-rush. And no matter how much I waved my arms, no matter how much I screamed, Buffalo wouldn’t sub in a smaller player… Read More »

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CFFB in High School

“I just thought I’d send you a progress reports on one of my players. 2 years ago, this kid was a skinny freshman and came up to train with me during the spring. He couldn’t do a push up or squat to save his life. Three years later, here he is as a junior… Read More »

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Cougars & Football

“I’m an assistant football coach at Kean University. I coach the defensive life and am involved with strength and conditioning program. This spring and summer, I incorporated much of your programming from the website into the football program. The kids love it and really pushed themselves. Yesterday, we upset the #3 team in the nation in a nail biter… Read More »

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In-Season Training

“Hey Johnnie, I know your super busy and don’t have time for many in-depth answers to questions. Furthermore, I run a nutrition company and have played rugby for several years so I don’t need too much explanation, just a simple yes/no… Read More »

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