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by Mike Guadango April 24, 2014

Being in the branch of physical preparation that I’m in, it’s tough to have full control over all aspect of training.  And if I do, it’s only for a short while.  For instance, my NFL guys, I only have about 12 weeks with them, so I need to find ways to rehabilitate, strengthen, improve speed […]

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The Lactic Acid Myth

by Pat Carozza April 23, 2014

This is going to be part rant, part informative. There is a perpetuated myth out there that lactic acid is a bad thing, and that it must be “flushed” out of your body a day, or days after training. The myth says that lactic acid is why your sore…it has built up in your muscles, […]

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What SQUATS should you do??

by Carr April 22, 2014

There is all types of squats and plenty of opinions to go with them.  Some coaches are obsessed with one type, some might use two, occasionally three.  I am what I refer to as a “melting pot” coach, I take every squat variation I come across and label it according to an evaluation of the positives, […]

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NFL Wide Receiver Program Outline

by Mike Guadango April 21, 2014

  Here’s a new little thing that I decided to do.  I’ve been getting a ton of requests on how I go about programming & could I give specific examples.  I personally learn by seeing what people do, emulate that, find the holes and make my own adjustments.  Some of you may do this as […]

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Increasing Punching Power and Endurance

by Pat Carozza April 16, 2014

Currently I am working with an up and coming boxer, Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez, in the 140-pound weight class. He came to the gym in preparation for his last fight September 30th, 2013, and he has continued training with me. He’s represented by Golden Boy Promotions and has a record of 20-1-2 and is […]

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FMS and DeFranco’s

by Mike Guadango April 15, 2014

Mike, Was just wondering what your thoughts on the functional movement screen are and if you use it with the athletes at defrancos? ——————- We don’t use it.  I have a multitude of issues with that utilizing that generic screening on specific populations.  Not to mention, it bases your scores on symmetry while most sports […]

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Allow Myself to Introduce…Myself…

by Pat Carozza April 9, 2014

  What’s up fellow Freak Strength readers? I just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself, as I will be a new addition to the crew writing for the site. First off I’d like to say it’s an honor to be able to contribute to a site that gives so much quality info out […]

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Speed Training For Young Athletes

by Mike Guadango April 8, 2014

Mike, I have a 14 year old son that plays Football, baseball and soccer. Would you recommend that he trains the lower body the same day he does speed training? Thank you! ——————— I base a lot of what I do with younger athletes off of their physical maturation.  Prepubescent athletes will almost always perform […]

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New Supplement…

by Carr April 4, 2014

Just when I thought they’ve exhausted new supplements and new supplement ideas I stumble upon a new one.  I will admit I do think there is some genius behind this. History:  It all started with Red Bull, then came RockStar, Amp, Monster, and others.  Not far behind came the healthier version, 5 Hour Energy, loaded […]

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Football Lineman and Shoulder Health: Q&A with Mike Guadango

by Mike Guadango April 2, 2014

I’d like to preface this article by saying this: I rarely speak in absolutes.  Obviously no one situation, equation or outcome is universally applicable. People that do speak in absolutes usually don’t know what they think they know. Hey Mike, I am currently playing college football. I just had my second shoulder labral repair surgery. […]

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