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Stuck – Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

Training with paint cans

John Thomas served as the Head Strength Coach for the United States Military Academy before becoming the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Penn State for the next 20 years.  ‘JT’ has also coached at the University of Georgia and the University of Miami. Thomas is now at Plymouth State University at the base of the White Mountains in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The University has chosen John to not only develop athletes, but with his expertise help create what is a unique academic discipline that gives students an avenue to achieve expertise and excel in the variant fields of strength and conditioning.

Newly Constructed Plymouth State Human Performance Center

Athletes that are currently ‘stuck’ at home have need to keep progressing towards their goals, yet most have limited access to the strength training tools that they are accustomed to. John Thomas shows how necessity leads to development.

John takes a pair of paint cans found in his garage, thickens the handles with cloth and tape and makes a pair of dumbbells—  to Get Strong.

Getting Strong in Plymouth


Getting Ahead of Extension

The tricep brachii is a single muscular unit with three distinct heads: the medial, the lateral and long heads. It functions as a powerful extensor of the upper extremity. Each head has a different fatigue rate and each head becomes...

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2024 CSCCa

A morning workout on the Pendulum Rack System at the College Strength and Conditioning Show in Fort Worth, Texas. The strength coaches are Staying Strong. The Pendulum Rack System