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Sports: Is It All B.S.? By Michael Yessis
Sports: Is It All B.S.?
Price: $13.95

This book, by Dr. Michael Yessis, is a great read for everyone interested in sports and a must read for anyone who has an athlete in the family, especially if the athlete would like to develop his or her full potential. The information appeals to not only people who are interested in sports, but to the nation as a whole. It has ramifications regarding our participation in World and Olympic Games. For a nation that has more money spent on sports, more coaches, more and better equipment and facilities and more athletes than any other nation, this is a deplorable state of affairs. Even a small country such as Greece can beat our best professional basketball players. Ask yourself why Cuba can beat our best professional baseball players, our most popular national game. Sports: Is It All B.S.?, is an expose of the many myths and false information that have surrounded sports in the U.S. for many decades. One reason for the sheer amount of misinformation is that we, as a nation, do not have a scientifically-based training system, nor do we have universities or schools that specialize in development of coaches and athletes. This is why we have to travel the world over to find the best athletes for our collegiate and professional teams. There are many examples given in the book, as for example, "Great athletes are born, not made". If this were true why do we find the best athletes putting in the greatest amount of practice time? Another is "Its all in the genes". For most athletes genes are basically the same. They only play a major role on the extremes of speed and endurance, not for team athletes. Not only are there many general myths (examples of b.s.) presented but also chapters deveoted to specific sports. For example in baseball, the belief that "Youngsters should not throw a curveball" is a myth. The reasons why the examples given are myths, really b.s., are fully explained. With so much b.s. floating around, it is often easier to believe the myths rather than facts. The book shows you how you can cut through the b.s. to achieve better results on and off the field and truly develop athletic potential
Sports and Fitness Success From 6 To 16 By Michael Yessis
Sports and Fitness Success From 6 To 16
Price: $16.00

This book is an exceptional treatise on the training of adolescents by Dr. Michael Yessis. To get youngsters involved in fitness activities they must have a good background in sports skills and perform strength and aerobic exercises. This book shows you how you can get youngsters fit and establish the lifestyle needed to maintain their fitness and sports abilities throughout life. This is an essential book for parents, teachers, coaches and anyone who works with youngsters.
Women's Soccer: Using Science To Improve Speed
Women's Soccer: Using Science To Improve Speed
Price: $19.95

Most books that deal with improving speed and quickness typically employ running drills and 'quick feet' drills, such as ladder steps, small hurdles, etc. Drills such as these have merit but without proper technique and development of the muscles as they are used in effective technique in both running and cutting actions, they are of limited value. In this book, Dr. Yessis shows you the latest in improvement of running technique and the ability to make quick cutting actions. It is the only book that contains information on analysis of women's soccer players running and cutting actions and how they can most effectively be improved. Even though this book is written mainly for women, the analyses and exercises apply equally to men. It is the first to have: Sequence pictures of the key actions of the key actions seen in cutting, and quick sprints taken from live digital video, Introduction to specialized strength, flexibility and explosive exercises (compared to general exercises as typically practiced by soccer players), Introduction to active stretching (as opposed to the common static stretching) to prevent injury and prepare you for play, Biomechanical analyses of players running and cutting described in simple, everyday language, Common faults in each skill shown and described and how they can be corrected, The latest in soccer specific nutrition, Training programs to improve your running and cutting and to a good extent, your kicking.
Explosive Basketball Training By Michael Yessis
Explosive Basketball Training
Price: $20.95

Dr. Michael Yessis has written the most complete book on how to become a great basketball player. This is the only book that looks at technique and special strength and explosive exercises specific to each basketball skill. In this book you will learn how to jump higher and quicker, how to shoot further and with more accuracy, how to make your cuts sharper and more powerful to become even quicker in your movements and how to run faster. It is the first to have: Sequence pictures showing all of the skills in detail and photos taken from live digital video, Introduction to specialized strength, flexibility and explosive exercises (compared to general exercises as typically practiced), Introduction to active stretching (as opposed to the common static stretching), Biomechanical analyses of players jumping, running, shooting, and cutting described in simple, everyday language, Common faults in each skill shown and described and how they can be corrected, The latest in basketball specific nutrition, Integrated training programs to improve your jump height, shooting ability and accuracy, quickness in your cutting actions and first couple steps You will learn new and unique strength and explosive exercises that duplicate the actions that you must perform in jumping, shooting, cutting and running. With better technique and development of higher levels of strength and explosiveness specific to the skills, you will be able to develop your full potential This information cannot be found in any other book on the market!
Kinesiology of Exercise By Michael Yessis
Kinesiology of Exercise
Price: $20.95

With more than 70 exercises accompanied by photographs and anatomical drawings, KINESIOLOGY OF EXERCISE is one of the most comprehensive books on strength training exercises currently available. Written by Dr. Michael Yessis, a recognized authority in this field, KINESIOLOGY OF EXERCISE is essential for coaches, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, physical therapists, bodybuilders -- virtually everyone interested in performing strength training exercises safely and effectively. Published in 1992, this book has yet to be equaled regarding its content and detail. It still maintains its position as being the #1 reference book for learning everything about the most commonly used strength exercises, both machine and free weight exercises. Also contained is information on how to get started and to make progress in your strength training program. In contains detailed muscle analyses of the movements which together with the descriptions are written in a simple, easy to understand manner. Each exercise is accompanied with before and after pictures together with a picture of the muscle involved and its location. The book is unique in that it describes each exercise in relation to the joints that are involved rather than simply body area which is often misleading. By developing the muscles by their joint actions, you get a better appreciation and understanding on how the muscle functions and its role in the body.
Building A Better Athlete By Michael Yessis
Building A Better Athlete
Price: $23.00

This just released book by Dr. Yessis is the most comprehensive sports training book ever written on what it takes to develop an athlete. It covers technique of the basic skills, the physical qualities needed for sports in general, for specific sports, and how they should be developed. In addition, specific recommendations on nutrition (that have never before been presented to athletes) are given in easy to understand terms. There is also a chapter on the role of vision and vision training. The book is a culmination of over 50 years of working with and teaching athletes how to develop their full potential and be successful in their chosen sport. It is unmatched in not only the book's scope, but in the detail given to each of the factors. Many of the concepts presented are state-of-the-art and have been proven in practice.
Triphasic Tactical Training Manual E-Book
Price: $24.95

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The Triphasic Tactical Training Manual was written with the explicit intent to deliver a systematic and scientifically founded approach in training methodology for athletes whose preparation does not result in wins and losses, world records, or gold medals. The idea behind the Triphasic Tactical Training Manual was originated from the individual needs of the tactical athlete and all those who put their lives at risk simply by going to work each day.


The authors of this manual have broken down the needs of every tactical athlete into six physical qualities. In order to display the physical proficiency required by the tactical athlete, each of these six qualities must be trained appropriately. What separates this training program from others is that it allows tactical athletes to continue to train with their desired methods while offering guidelines that increase the likelihood of the user to achieve optimal level responses to training and see improvements in performance.


The Weekly Sequencing Model was developed by multiple strength coaches along with an elite level military training professional for operators who based the protocol originally on The Triphasic Training System while also considering the specific needs of the tactical athlete. Programs currently being used for military training are not equipping these specialized tactical athletes appropriately, which leads to a disproportionate training of the six physical qualities necessary for optimal performance.


It was this simple point that led to the creation of The Weekly Sequencing Model. This manual is a collaboration between combat veterans who have said “we can do this better” and the training professionals who said, “we can help.” Experience has teamed up with science to present this complete, systematic training program for the tactical athlete. The Weekly Sequencing model isn’t just exercising; it is training, specifically and systematically for the tactical athlete.


This book is for the tactical athlete and those that dedicate their lives to maintaining high-performance levels to maintain the freedoms of others. In the tactical arena, less than ideal performance can have grave consequences. One step too slow, one moment too long, and the defeated does not receive a silver medal and a warm handshake.


Chapters included in this book:

1. The Tactical Athlete vs. Conventional Athletes

2. The Weekly Sequencing Model Components

3. Six Physical Qualities of Tactical Performance

4. Triphasic Review and Weekly Sequencing Model Implementation

5. Modifying The Weekly Sequencing Model


New Components included in this book:

1. The Six Physical Qualities of Tactical Performance

2. The Weekly Sequencing Model

3. The Specific Stress Model

4. The Compatible Qualities Model

5. High-Quality vs. Work Capacity Energy System Training



About the Authors

Cal Dietz

Cal Dietz has been an Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. During his tenure, Dietz has trained athletes that have achieved 540+ All-American honors, 10 NCAA Team National Champions, Teams that have won 33 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams, 29 Big Ten/WCHA Conference tournaments, 21 NCAA Final Four appearances, He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB,MMA and Professional Boxing.

“Coach”

“Coach” is currently training operators within the United States of America Military. He has chosen to remain anonymous for this reason but has contributed a great extent to the ideas presented in this manual. “Coach” has completed many years of revising and improving the Weekly Sequencing Model laid out in this manual with countless operators and tactical athletes. Few coaches have executed more hands-on training with operators on a daily basis than “Coach”.

Matt Van Dyke

Matt Van Dyke is in his first year as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Denver. Prior to his position with the University of Denver Matt was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota. Matt recently presented at the 2015 CSCCa National Conference on “Advanced Triphasic Training Methods” and is a co-author of "Triphasic Training, A High School Strength and Conditioning Manual" while also writing for his professional website vandykestrength.com. Van Dyke was a member of the Iowa State Football Team for 4 years as a wide receiver where he also completed an internship under Yancy McKnight.
Explosive Golf Training By Michael Yessis
Explosive Golf Training
Price: $30.95

Explosive Golf, by Dr. Michael Yessis, is the first golf book ever written that fully explains not only the biomechanics of the swing, but also how the swing can be improved through technique and one's physical abilities. It the only book that has a detailed analysis of swing technique showing each action, why it is needed, and the sequence in which it occurs. Improvement of physical abilities is based upon technique and contains exercises that duplicate exactly every action that occurs in the golf swing. Not only is technique duplicated, but strength is also improved in the same range of motion and with the same type of muscular contraction It is the first to have: Sequence pictures of the key actions from each swing phase in detail taken from live digital video, Introduction to specialized strength, flexibility and explosive exercises (compared to general exercises as typically practiced for golf fitness), Introduction to active stretching (as opposed to the common static stretching) to prepare you for the swing and to prevent injury, Biomechanical analyses of players hitting described in simple, everyday language, Common faults in each skill and swing phase shown and described and how they can be corrected for pros and the recreational golfer, The latest in golf specific nutrition, Training programs to improve your swing for more distance and accuracy, Exercises to strengthen the lower back muscles, especially as used in the golf swing. Proven to not only improve your swing but prevent back injuries. You will learn new and unique strength and explosive exercises that duplicate the actions that you must perform in swinging the club. With better technique and development of higher levels of strength and explosiveness specific each action, you will be able to develop your full potential. This information cannot be found in any other book on the market!
Triphasic Tactical Training Manual
Price: $34.95

Inserts from the Triphasic Training Tactical Manual

Free Single Session Software Builder

International Orders Contact us at
triphasictactical@gmail.com

The Triphasic Tactical Training Manual was written with the explicit intent to deliver a systematic and scientifically founded approach in training methodology for athletes whose preparation does not result in wins and losses, world records, or gold medals. The idea behind the Triphasic Tactical Training Manual was originated from the individual needs of the tactical athlete and all those who put their lives at risk simply by going to work each day.


The authors of this manual have broken down the needs of every tactical athlete into six physical qualities. In order to display the physical proficiency required by the tactical athlete, each of these six qualities must be trained appropriately. What separates this training program from others is that it allows tactical athletes to continue to train with their desired methods while offering guidelines that increase the likelihood of the user to achieve optimal level responses to training and see improvements in performance.


The Weekly Sequencing Model was developed by multiple strength coaches along with an elite level military training professional for operators who based the protocol originally on The Triphasic Training System while also considering the specific needs of the tactical athlete. Programs currently being used for military training are not equipping these specialized tactical athletes appropriately, which leads to a disproportionate training of the six physical qualities necessary for optimal performance.


It was this simple point that led to the creation of The Weekly Sequencing Model. This manual is a collaboration between combat veterans who have said “we can do this better” and the training professionals who said, “we can help.” Experience has teamed up with science to present this complete, systematic training program for the tactical athlete. The Weekly Sequencing model isn’t just exercising; it is training, specifically and systematically for the tactical athlete.


This book is for the tactical athlete and those that dedicate their lives to maintaining high-performance levels to maintain the freedoms of others. In the tactical arena, less than ideal performance can have grave consequences. One step too slow, one moment too long, and the defeated does not receive a silver medal and a warm handshake.


Chapters included in this book:

1. The Tactical Athlete vs. Conventional Athletes

2. The Weekly Sequencing Model Components

3. Six Physical Qualities of Tactical Performance

4. Triphasic Review and Weekly Sequencing Model Implementation

5. Modifying The Weekly Sequencing Model


New Components included in this book:

1. The Six Physical Qualities of Tactical Performance

2. The Weekly Sequencing Model

3. The Specific Stress Model

4. The Compatible Qualities Model

5. High-Quality vs. Work Capacity Energy System Training



About the Authors

Cal Dietz

Cal Dietz has been an Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. During his tenure, Dietz has trained athletes that have achieved 540+ All-American honors, 10 NCAA Team National Champions, Teams that have won 33 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams, 29 Big Ten/WCHA Conference tournaments, 21 NCAA Final Four appearances, He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB,MMA and Professional Boxing.

“Coach”

“Coach” is currently training operators within the United States of America Military. He has chosen to remain anonymous for this reason but has contributed a great extent to the ideas presented in this manual. “Coach” has completed many years of revising and improving the Weekly Sequencing Model laid out in this manual with countless operators and tactical athletes. Few coaches have executed more hands-on training with operators on a daily basis than “Coach”.

Matt Van Dyke

Matt Van Dyke is in his first year as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Denver. Prior to his position with the University of Denver Matt was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota. Matt recently presented at the 2015 CSCCa National Conference on “Advanced Triphasic Training Methods” and is a co-author of "Triphasic Training, A High School Strength and Conditioning Manual" while also writing for his professional website vandykestrength.com. Van Dyke was a member of the Iowa State Football Team for 4 years as a wide receiver where he also completed an internship under Yancy McKnight.

Psychological Skills Training
Price: $35.00

This book is a practical manual rather than theoretical. It is approximately 128 pages. The main goal of this book is to integrate psychological skills training (PST) with other training processes of the athletic preparation program; several means of achieving this goal in numerous sport types are described. Additionally, we wish to create a relevant body of knowledge for sport psychologists, coaches, athletes, physical education students, and scientists.