Allen Hedrick

Allen Hedrick is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Previously, Hedrick coached at the United States Air Force Academy (12 years) the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (two years) the United States Olympic Training Center (three years), and Fresno State University (three years). Hedrick was named the NSCA’s Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2003. Hedrick is frequently published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal, has authored a book and chapters in three textbooks, and has spoken at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally.

Allen Hedrick is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at CSU Pueblo. A former NSCA Coach of the Year, Hedrick is a pioneer in the strength and conditioning profession and is well known for his use of dumbbell based Olympic lifts, and dynamic resistance training to optimize athletic performance.

In this ESS interview, Jay and Allen discuss the utilization of  dynamic resistance implements and dumbbell Olympic lifts into mainstream high-performance training as well as creating a culture of excellence within strength and conditioning programs..



Show Notes:

0:45 Getting Started in the Industry:
Moving from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado, and setting the foundation for  a successful career.

2:55 Experiences at the United States Air Force Academy and National Strength and Conditioning Association


4:10 Building a Collegiate Strength Program

The keys to building a National Champion program in just seven years.


6:40 Using dumbbells for Olympic lifts and Water Filled implements in Training

The benefits of Olympic lifts with your athletes and why they should be in your programming.


9:00 How to use Water Implements in Training
Training with water filled implements with Tactical athletes, Football, and controlling active resistance.


12:00 Periodization with Water Implements Throughout the Year

Training athletes with both dumbbells, barbells, and dynamic resistance throughout the training year.


13:15 Avoiding Overtraining

Keeping athletes physically and psychologically fresh with different training means. Attitude and mental engagement is key.


14:10 The importance of Telling your Athletes’ Why
Teach your athletes’ for better buy-in, retention, and training intensity.