Posts Tagged ‘strength and conditioning


My Journey to the Optimal Training Shoe

I have searched for years to find the perfect training shoe. When the Vibrams came out I thought they would be the shoe. Unfortunately, they did not have my size. I have tried Nike, Under Armour, etc. They all look good and feel good for awhile but I could tell something was missing.

I happen to be reading a post from Eric Cressey of Cressey Performance ( talking about the New Balance Minimus shoe. I did not get my hopes up because I assumed they did not have a size 15. So, I decided to take a look at the website ( and I could not believe my eyes. They actually go up to a 17! I decided to go with the NB Minimus 20v3 in a size 15. The past 2 weeks have been just awesome.

I had some SI joint discomfort and it has gone away. My feet feel “open” and very functional. I honestly cannot remember when my feet have felt this good. I guess the 4MM heel works well for me. The training shoe makes a world of difference. I think everyone should try to find their “optimal” training shoe. Just a thought…

In strength,


Active Sports Coaches and Strength Coaches (Trainers)

This post is for all highschool sports coaches and strength coaches.  Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of highschool coaches who have been in the business of coaching kids for quite sometime.  In many cases 10,15, 25 plus years.  This in itself is as tremendous accomplishment and I commend the coaches who have had the patience to coach with the love for the game.

Unfortunately, I have seen too many coaches that can rehab an athlete and train them at the same time.  Their reason for doing so is that they have coached so long it is nothing they have not seen.  Well, I have colleagues who have been in the strength and conditioning industry longer than some of these coaches and they treat the athletes on a case by case basis.  I have seen a scenario where an athlete sprains their ankle and the coach decides to rehab the athlete themselves.  Well, how can you rehab when you do not know what is really wrong?  If their ankle is sprained you are looking at many phases that  an MD and PT should review.  Then with the trainer for post rehab and continued strength and function of the involved area.  I believe it is negligent and a disservice to the kid for their coach to attempt to do all these things.  Most of these coaches do not have any special knowledge, certifications, ongoing classes or CEUS to stay abreast of the strength and conditioning world.  I am in it and I am constantly learning by reading, classes, workshops, clinics, certifications, and other forms of education.  The more I learn, the more I realize I do not know. You have to be a consistent student of the profession.

Most of these young athletes will do anything their coach tells them to do.  In many cases, this is what the coach needs to have a winning team or athlete.  I challenge the coaches to coach and let the trainers train.  Partner up with a local qualified trainer to either implement a system or consult with them to decide what is best for your team.  Some of the athletes are fine with group sessions but many of these athletes need to improve their alignment, stability, and overall understanding of their  biomechanics.

There are many organizations to find a professional or to learn from.  Some of the best are IYCA (, NSCA (, NASM (, and ACSM (  There are many others that have good programs as well.  I have had direct experience with the above organizations.  I have written these thoughts out to bring more awareness to the subject of training the youth athlete.

Thank you and remember we all must work together to get optimal results in our youth athletes.

Stay fit – be strong,

Shannon Wallace, Jr NASM-CPT,CKT,YFS


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