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ATHLETES WAREHOUSE
1. GET HEALTHY: As the game of baseball has evolved a major point of emphasis for all pitching coaches has been how to increase velocity. Yet, as professionals, we should never focus on throwing harder if the athlete presents with pain or maladaptive movements. Regardless of how familiar the coach is with the athlete, the...
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Athletes Warehouse coach, Cassie Reilly-Boccia sat down with AW athletes, Ashley Stilo and Rilea Fusco. Ashley and Rilea both played high school lacrosse at Yorktown together before going on to start their collegiate careers. Ashley is now a sophomore at Virginia while Rilea is a freshman at Syracuse. Both athletes are extremely dedicated to improving...
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Recently we sat down with Coach Jack Gladstone to talk about the box squatting. This movement has become a part of the foundation for training our athletes and we wanted to share the knowledge to the what, how, and why of this movement. Without further ado, enjoy learning all about the box squat: How is...
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A Review by Cassie Reilly-Boccia What’s up AW geniuses. Recently Coach Brandon and I hopped in the car and drove up to Boston, MA to learn more about baseball pitching. If you know anything about Brandon or myself you’d know that neither of us played baseball. At least I have been involved in the realm...
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by Cassie Reilly-Boccia So many of us ask each other what we’re thankful for around this time of year. As I sit and reflect upon all I have to be grateful for, I can’t help but find my mind circling back to our family of athletes at AW. With this being on my mind, I...
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by Alessandra Ahlmen I started training at Athlete’s Warehouse (AW) when it first opened in June 2014. Over three years later, I am still learning something new every time I have a session. Like most learning cycles, there came a time to put all of this knowledge to the test. For me, that test was...
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A letter from a coach to current Athletes Warehouse athletes by Coach Jack Gladstone Before there was a physical presence of a building that we all know as Athletes Warehouse, the culture of Athletes Warehouse had been forming since 2012. A bunch of high school and college athletes training out of a barn in the...
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by Matt June Stiff Leg Deadlift This exercise is very specific to sprinting as we are eccentrically loading the hamstrings/glutes and quickly driving up through hip extension.  Beginners to this exercise start lighter and progress this movement.  Use a tempo on the way down (3-4 seconds) and drive up fast by extending the hip to...
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by Jack Gladstone Front Squat We utilize the front squat for training lower body strength as well as to challenge the midline control of the athlete. The movement promotes stability through the pelvis, lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and abdominals. By loading the barbell in the front rack position we minimize the risk of loading the...
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Single Leg Landmine RDL Balance is a form of strength. Being able to complete a unilateral hinge movement while maintaining proper scapula stability will strengthen components necessary for a softball athlete to minimize the risk of injury in their sport. These unilateral movements will also expose to the practitioner or coach just how one-side dominated...
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Over the past few years, we have been lucky enough to work with some very talented baseball athletes (more exclusively, pitchers) and decided that we would share 12 exercises that we feel have attributed too much of their progression with us.  The main focus of these 12 exercises is to challenge the athlete is all...
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by Nick Serio MS, CSCS, USAW-LV2, TPI, CPT, PES, CES and Cassie Reilly-Boccia MA, CSCS, USAW-LV1, TPI, FMS Athletes Warehouse officially opened its doors for business in June of 2014. However, the planning process for this company started back in 2013. When completing the hiring process, we constantly referenced one of our most important missions...
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Cassie: Briefly explain how you got involved at AW.  Matt: I got involved with Athletes Warehouse because of SUNY Cortland Baseball.  Nick Serio, who played there before me thankfully reached out to me to make the connection.  When I went down to meet with Cassie and Nick for my interview I was sold right there.  I...
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AW Geniuses, It’s that time of year again. Winter is officially upon us. Although the leaves have not fully vacated the trees and there is no sight of snow for (hopefully) a long time, the winter season at Athletes Warehouse started last week. This point of the year is marked by time our teams begin training...
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Dear AW Geniuses, We have officially logged two weeks in the books for team training, winter 2016. With so many athletes in our building at one time, our community (athletes, parents, coaches, and other professionals) often ask, “How can you possibly train your athletes with the proper personalized programming and coaching that is needed in...
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Movement progression is something that we use within training cycles and programming in order to ensure an athlete can properly complete a main lift. For example, if the objective of the day is to get a youth athlete ready to back squat, we are going to program the main lift first and work backwards from...
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by Cassie Reilly-Boccia ‘It almost feels like game-day.’ That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I woke up on the morning of the Toss Daddy Open – a USAW sanctioned Olympic Lifting meet hosted at Athletes Warehouse on June 14, 2015. I grew up playing softball my entire life and enjoyed the...
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PURPOSE: To explain the importance of strength training for a youth FEMALE athlete and debunk myths that still exist about women getting ‘bulky’ if they lift weights. POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Strength training can and will prevent injury for female athletes. How the perception of the female athletes is seen both in society and within themselves....
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RESEARCH TEAM QUESTIONS #2 Anabolic Window…. (1-hour, 2-hours, None at all?) Attempting to research and or decipher research centered around nutrition and it’s measurable significance when related to athletic performance can be difficult and some what ambiguous. The trouble with nutritional data is that the factors affecting the results can be so vague and limiting...
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by Nick Serio A Brief History  (bare with me through this one)… Burnout as a conceptual and psychological detriment has been challenged and discussed since the early 1970’s.  When initially theorized it was designed to explain, recognize, and define an increased lack of production among employees and or management in the workplace [1].  Initially the...
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By Nick Serio ‘with a primal lens’ A successful coach is one who can guide and elicit the behaviors necessary in a given environment to achieve a desired outcome.  Normally a coach is praised, ranked, or disparaged based on attributes such as expertise, coaching style, and methodology.  However, in moments of competition, battle, or survival...
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PURPOSE: To help you decipher between coaches who care about their athletes and coaches who care about a paycheck. POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Letters after a name mean very little so get to know your coach and observe their passions The education of your coach can mean all the difference.  Does their degree coincide with training? Or...
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by Cassie Reilly-Boccia Happy New Year AW Geniuses! As the 2014 year comes to a close, I wanted to talk briefly about resolutions and setting goals being that this is the common theme during this time of year. There are plenty of articles out there that explain, “10 Best Ways to Pick Your New Year...
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PURPOSE: The role that strength and conditioning could & should play in the injury prevention and performance enhancement of youth athletes. POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Strength & Conditioning that is positive for all of the youth community, regardless of whether the individual is an athlete or non-athlete. Absolute Power or Peak Athleticism is predicated on the athlete’s...
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3 Part Series: Why My Athlete Should Have Been Training Yesterday (1) Understanding Growth, Development, Maturation and everything in between. (2) How does Puberty and Athletics Intersect? (3) What Should My Athletes Training Program Look Like? Before delving into these complex transitions within a youth athletes life, I think we should take a moment and...
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by Nick Serio Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to discuss the differences between sport specific training and strength and conditioning training with the intention of becoming an overall better athlete and well functioning human being! Main Points: -“What is the true definition of “Sport Specific” exercises and movement patterns?” -“When and how often...
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