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The Explosive Way to Improve Your Bench Press With a Medicine Ball
Posted Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Med Ball Explosive Press is one of the easiest and most effective exercises to build a more powerful upper body and increase your Bench Press strength.

This med ball exercise is a bit different from a standard Med Ball Throw, for which you hold a med ball at your chest and throw it. Rather, you have to decelerate the med ball to your chest and explode up to throw the ball. It's all about transition speed, not how much weight you can handle or how hard you can throw the ball against a wall.

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Prevalence of knee injuries among high school soccer players
Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cornwall's Chrissy Cannella, a midfielder, played at a U.S. soccer team camp in 2012 in Carson, Calif. Then 14, she turned wrong during a drill and felt a "pop" in her right knee. Cannella had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. In August, she tore her medial collateral ligament in a scrimmage with her travel team. Times Herald-Record file photo

Chrissy Cannellas soccer future appears bright. She received several Division I offers. She has played for travel teams and in national camps.
Cannella, a Cornwall senior, refuses to let her right knee stop her despite it sparking an emotional August conversation with Cornwall coach Amanda Greenblatt.
A midfielder, Cannella played at a U.S. soccer team camp in 2012 in Carson, Calif. Then 14, she turned wrong during a drill and felt a pop in her right knee. The pain forced her into shock. Cannella had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. She needed more than a year to fully regain health.

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Rate of overuse injuries continues to rise among high school athletes
Posted Sunday, February 21, 2016

Chris Lyn, director of the New York Xtreme FC travel soccer program, tries to prevent overuse injuries by holding just two practices a week and competitions on the weekend.

Although the larger impact of sub-concussive hits is unknown, athletes who participate in soccer year-round clearly risk overuse injuries. The rate of overuse injuries continues to rise while the average age of kids affected by such injuries decreases, according to the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Protection) Sports Injuries campaign.
Overuse injuries arent exclusive to soccer. But Rick Scarpulla, a sports trainer and owner of Ultimate Advantage Training in Fair Oaks outside Middletown, says he most often sees soccer and basketball players suffer consequences of playing one sport year-round. That includes emotional perils.

In my experience, a large percentage of athletes that play a sport year-round with no shutdown period rarely make it to the upper levels of playing their sport, Scarpulla said, because theyre so sick of it that the sport they once loved as a child is something that they can hardly stand the word of now.

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STACK Fitness Weekly: The Guide to Building a Big Bench Press
Posted Thursday, June 25, 2015

In this episode of STACK Fitness Weekly, Rick Scarpulla provides a detailed explanation of how to build a bigger Bench Press by altering your technique and approach to the exercise.

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Understanding Your CNS & Recovery Needs
Posted Monday, March 02, 2015

 

Understanding Your CNS & Recovery Needs

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Understanding Your CNS & Recovery Needs
Working with athletes online allows me access to a wide range of folks I may otherwise not ever have the privilege of working with, and many of them are CrossFitters. Often people contact me when they are not making the progress they want and they need help  usually they are frustrated with their training or their box. I truly enjoy working with these folks in particular.

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The Art of Strength and Conditioning Coaching
Posted Monday, February 09, 2015

 

What makes a good strength and conditioning coach? How can you tell a good coach from a bad one? Can anyone become a good coach? Should good coaches, or coaches in general, be judged purely on wins and losses? What is the most important attribute of a coach?

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31 Fitness Experts You Should Follow in 2015
Posted Monday, January 05, 2015

 

Many of the best strength coaches regularly share their techniques and offer tips via social media. Although you may not work directly with these coaches, you can get a glimpse of what they are doing to help their athletes get better. So whether youre an athlete, team coach or strength coach, it would be wise to follow these experts in 2015.

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Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014

 

I find it slightly humorous how things go in phases when it comes to strength training and conditioning. It seems that a few people start the drum-beating and before you know it, you have a bandwagon and everyone is jumping on it.

PUSH YOURSELF as seen in STACK
Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

Reinforce Your Passion

Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rick Scarpulla - Building the Ultimate Athlete
Rick talks about the accident that changed his life for the better, and about looking towards the future with his family and fellow athletes.

Make Your Strength Work for You With Footwork Drills

Posted Sunday, May 25, 2014

When we train our athletes at Ultimate Advantage Training, we prioritize strength and power. Our athletes crush it in the weight room, but that doesn't matter if they cannot transfer their strength to the field.

To transfer their weight room gains to the field or court, our athletes perform footwork drills that reinforce proper biomechanics and movement patterns, so they can put their new horsepower to use when sprinting, decelerating and changing directions. 

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Get Strong and Thick With Strongman Exercises

Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014

Anyone familiar with me knows I like big, compound exercises and heavy weight. Athletes benefit from doing big lifts far more than from toe-touching bodyweight moves. At Ultimate Advantage, we incorporate Strongman exercises into our training to make our athletes strong and thick.

Strongman exercises include anything you may see in a Strongman competition, like Yoke Walks, Farmer's Walks, Tire Flips, Drags and Atlas Stones. They're not traditional movements, so they add variety to a program.

And, it's fun to lift heavy stuff. My high school athletes really enjoy these exercises, and they've had great results.

We don't do Strongman workouts exclusively, but we incorporate this style of exercise with more traditional compound barbell movements like Squats.

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The Truth About Female ACL Injuries
Posted Saturday, February 15, 2014

 Torn ACL

Female athletes are up to six times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than their male counterparts. As female sport participation continues to explode, it's safe to say ACL injuries are becoming an epidemic.

To see what I'm talking about, all you need to do is watch a girls soccer game. You're guaranteed to see some athletes wearing braces or showing scars on their knees.

Crazy thing is, I've had girls come to me complaining of knee pain at 12 and 13 years old. Knees are supposed to last a lifetime, yet these kids haven't even made it to high school and they're already having problems.

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How Female Athletes Can Prevent ACL Injuries
Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

 Janet TV's Ultimate Female Athlete Show brings you "How Female Athletes Can Prevent ACL Injuries" with Coach Rick Scarpulla. Female athletes - girls & women, elite & novice - suffer knee and leg injuries at a rate much higher than males. See why Coach Rick believes in Pre-Hab over ReHab when it comes to preventing ACL injuries. Click the Screen Below to See the Show and you can prevent or treat your ACL, knee and leg injuries.

STACK Fitness Weekly: Strongman Core Training
Posted Monday, January 06, 2014

 In this episode of STACK Fitness weekly, Rick Scarpulla shows you three strongman-inspired core exercises.

In this episode of STACK Fitness weekly, Rick Scarpulla of Ultimate Advantage shows you three strongman-inspired core exercises. These moves will challenge your core muscles with weight to build size and strength. He recommends performing three different exercises to hit each area of your core.


Reverse Deadlift
- Hold a lat pulldown bar against your neck
- Drive your hips back and keep your back straight
- Bend over until your torso is parallel to the ground

Barbell Side Bend
- Hold the barbell to one side
- Touch the end of the barbell to the ground
- Vary touch points for an additional challenge

Resisted Extensions
- Hold your hands behind your back and lock your knees
- Drive your hips back and keep your back straight
- Bend over until your torso is parallel to the ground
- Explosively drive up to standing position

STACK Fitness Weekly: The Guide to Building a Big Bench Press
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013

In this episode of STACK Fitness Weekly, Rick Scarpulla provides a detailed explanation of how to build a bigger Bench Press by altering your technique and approach to the exercise.

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Practical Recruiting Tips for High School Athletes
Posted Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Practical Recruiting Tips for High School Athletes
December 19, 2013
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College Recruiting Tips


You've played your sport since you were a little kid, and you're pretty good at it. Now it's time for you to think about playing in college. You might even think about the possibility of getting a scholarship, but you're not quite sure how to go about it.

You've heard all kinds of stories from your friends and you are not sure what to believe. This much I can tell you: Preparing for college is a stressful time for you and your family. Add in trying to get an athletic scholarship, and the stress is compounded many times over.

Here are some tips to make the recruiting process easier for you and your family. Read More: http://www.stack.com/2013/12/19/recruiting-tips/ 

 

 

STACK Fitness Weekly: Med Ball Explosion Series
Posted Monday, December 02, 2013

In this episode of STACK Fitness Weekly, Rick Scarpulla of Ultimate Advantage Training provides instruction for three med ball exercises that will develop your explosive power and elevate your heart rate.

Develop your explosive power and build conditioning with this med ball series from Rick Scarpulla.

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4 Essential Tips and a 3-Day Workout Plan for Off-Season Gains
Posted Monday, December 02, 2013

 

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4 Essential Tips and a 3-Day Workout Plan for Off-Season Gains

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December 2, 2013
The off-season is the ideal time to put on real size and build functional strength. Problem is, many high school athletes take the wrong approach and simply try to improve their appearance, performing isolation exercises and ignoring the things that will make them better athletes. So, it's no wonder why many kids show up weaker than they should be. Read More http://www.stack.com/2013/12/02/workout-tips/

Army Powerlifting beats Navy 1 more time to make it 12 in a row!
Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 

I know this is a little long but I thought you would enjoy it.

It is with great pride and honor that I can report to you that our Army Powerlifting Team once more brought home the Commanders Cup Trophy to extend our streak to 12 straight victories against the mighty Navy squad.

 

 

 

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