Zach Duval - Strength coach of the year

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He has his work cut out for him here.
Well it all depends on the kids buying in. It didn't take him long @ UCF but those kids bought in. I think we all know that we will see some departures this spring.


“Zach deserves this award,” Frost told FootballScoop. “The transformation of our team in two years that he has engineered is unbelievable. We have also been the healthiest team in the country this year because of how he has trained our players. I can’t imagine that anyone has done a better job.”
 
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biggest game changer for UCF was the nutritional changes he and Frost made for the kids. They were eating a lot of junk apparently.
 

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He's an excellent coach. 18-22yo is the time to transform your body and he can work miracles in 18 months.

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All I saw from previous regimes were safety squat bar champs and other non-core lifts being "counted" as real strength training. You need to train stabilizing muscles and that means barbells/free weights, not safety bars and other gimmicky techniques.

What I hope for is some real "back to basics" olympic style lifting and plyos, coupled with salty conditioning and "real" work toward failure, in all aspects of S&C. My gut is past regimes didn't mandate that type of workload.
 

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All I saw from previous regimes were safety squat bar champs and other non-core lifts being "counted" as real strength training. You need to train stabilizing muscles and that means barbells/free weights, not safety bars and other gimmicky techniques.

What I hope for is some real "back to basics" olympic style lifting and plyos, coupled with salty conditioning and "real" work toward failure, in all aspects of S&C. My gut is past regimes didn't mandate that type of workload.
Crap! I can only hit "like" once. Great post!
 

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Yoga can help with flexibility but other things can too. I wouldn’t be against it in addition.
On your own time. Again, when a culture is created that emphasizes Yoga as an actual S&C event, well, kids will gravitate toward laying around and working on their Chi.
 
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On your own time. Again, when a culture is created that emphasizes Yoga as an actual S&C event, well, kids will gravitate toward laying around and working on their Chi.
Doesn’t Stanford use a lot of yoga? And they are physical as they come.
 

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On your own time. Again, when a culture is created that emphasizes Yoga as an actual S&C event, well, kids will gravitate toward laying around and working on their Chi.
I don’t necessarily like yoga itself but they should definitely be doing some stretching/flexibility work as part of S&C
 

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More of a culture issue, not saying you shouldn't stretch and do yoga, but the work has to be done first.

And quite honestly, if it came down to another few sets/reps or conditioning with the current state of Nebraska development vs yoga, I'd kill the yoga and have them stay later in the session to finish up. That's my point. Work.
 

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More of a culture issue, not saying you shouldn't stretch and do yoga, but the work has to be done first.

And quite honestly, if it came down to another few sets/reps or conditioning with the current state of Nebraska development vs yoga, I'd kill the yoga and have them stay later in the session to finish up. That's my point. Work.
Don't know about yoga but you stretch first...
 

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I don't see a lot of BS yoga and other nonsense.
Have you ever done yoga? I'm not talking about assuming the lotus position and contemplating life. I'm talking being in the push-up position for a minute until you think your arms are going to fall off. I am reasonably physically fit and my wife hauled me into a couple of her classes. By the time the class was over I was shaking like a leaf, sweating like a pig and ready to puke. Not saying that kind of workout is appropriate for football S&C, but a yoga workout is definitely not foo foo.
 

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Have you ever done yoga? I'm not talking about assuming the lotus position and contemplating life. I'm talking being in the push-up position for a minute until you think your arms are going to fall off. I am reasonably physically fit and my wife hauled me into a couple of her classes. By the time the class was over I was shaking like a leaf, sweating like a pig and ready to puke. Not saying that kind of workout is appropriate for football S&C, but a yoga workout is definitely not foo foo.
Shouldn’t holding a push up position for a long time tax your core more than your arms? But I get what you’re saying
 

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This wasn't meant to be derogatory thread toward yoga, but I don't think many National Champions in CFB were built on a strict yoga regimen. GBR
 
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At the risk of things not being exactly the same, you can probably look at explosive edge for a taste of what they do. Not sure if there is one in lincoln, but there is one in omaha. Not sure what zach does different for college football, but it might give an idea.
 

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