How to build Speed and Power for Baseball and Softball

Baseball and softball are two of the most competitive sports that young athletes participate in when it comes to the middle school and high school sports training world. There are tons of different leagues, travel teams, coaches, organizations, scouts, tournaments, national tournaments, and more that make up the baseball and softball scene. Now, with that […]

Proper Pressing for Serious Strength [Train Smart Wednesday]

Good Day! Coach Jeff Hermann here again to provide you with some sweet training tips for our weekly “Train Smart Wednesday” content! In this article, I will be going over the importance of hand placement and elbow positioning as it relates to pressing a barbell from the front rack position to over head. So lets […]

3 Tips for Better Front Squats [Train Smart Wednesday]

3 Tips for Better Front Squats By: Jeff Hermann, CTS Strength & Conditioning Do you ever feel like front squats may possibly be the most uncomfortable exercise around? If you do, chances are there a few minor fixes that could seriously improve your positioning and results. The topics I will be covering in this article […]

Can Strength Training Improve Speed and Agility?

The terms “Strength Training” or “Weight Training” or even “Weightlifting” are some of the most misused and misunderstood phrases that is commonly thrown around to describe a big, slow, bulky behemoth looking man or woman that you might see in your local grocery store on the front of a body building magazine. (A great example […]

The Truth About Speed Training for Young Athletes

The Truth About Speed Training for Young Athletes is quite simple, really! You see, my coaches and I have worked with hundreds  of different athletes from all sports, backgrounds, and ages. One of the top goals of every athlete that comes to train with us is to improve their sprinting speed and/or agility and quickness. […]

CTS Strength & Conditioning at 2013 PWA Junior and Senior Championships

Hey guys, Check out this video of team CTS Strength & Conditioning at the 2013 PWA Junior and Senior weightlifting championships in San Francisco, CA! Every one of our junior athletes (20U) took home at least one medal AND hit new personal records!! Nice work guys!!! [youtube]http://youtu.be/t-kp9kLRqjk[/youtube] Enjoy! – John Cortese, USAW, CSCS

Olympic Weightlifting for Sports (Video)

We get asked questions repeatedly from athletes and coaches about the never-ending debate regarding Olympic-style weightlifting for athletes and whether or not they are SAFE or EFFECTIVE or even worth the time to coach and teach them… There are many ways to skin a cat, but we simply prefer to use weightlifting as main-stay in […]

Firefighter deadlifts 420 lbs at 152 lbs!

One of our long-time and loyal CTS athletes, Kyle B, working up to a new PR Deadlift of 420 lbs @ 152 lbs body weight. Very impressive feat of relative body strength!! (Strength in relation to his own body weight, that’s just around 2.75 times his weight!) We don’t max out on deadlifts very often, […]

Deadlifts for Full Body Strength and Power

A little compilation/highlight video of a few of our athletes working one of our core lifts and its’ variation, the Deadlift! Not much to say about it that already has been mentioned, but it pretty much kicks major a*s!! Do these with proper technique with consistency and you will build full body strength that no […]