Internship Opportunities

unrAre you looking for an internship opportunity? Thinking of pursuing a career in personal training and or physical health… then there may be an opportunity for you here. Partnered up with University of Nevada Reno we have had many interns who share a passion for physical health.

Click on the links below to see internship projects


Savannah Beauchemin – Spring 2014

Austin Webster – Spring 2014

Hometown Health Challenge

Hometown Health Motivate U Challenge

The fitness challenge is free for Healthy Tracks members and 140 are selected to participate. Reno-area participating gyms include Double Diamond Athletic Club, Freestyle Fitness, MRI Fitness and Sierra Strength & Speed. Motivate U is organized and sponsored by Hometown Health, Nevada’s only locally-owned not for profit insurance company.

The Motivate U Fitness Challenge is a 8-week, boot camp-style program offered by Healthy Tracks and is a free program for Healthy Tracks members that are selected to participate through an application process.

This inaugural program is offered in partnership with three local, Reno-area gyms:
We are 1 of 3 gyms. MAC, MRI, & SSS have 30 participants for 8 weeks both in the spring and fall.



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Keys to Selecting a Performance Professional

1. Education– is not everything but a person with a strong
background will be able to help you in several areas and answer your

2 Experience– Several ways to look at this. But longevity in the profession
is key. I always tell people that just because someone rehabilitated their
ACL doesn¹t mean that they are qualified to help you rehabilitate yours.

3 Reputable certification– I would never fly with the person who took the
weekend course. I am not going to trust my body with the person who got
certified on the internet or over the weekend.

4 A person who really loves what they do– They spend time continuing to
learn about the field they love and this always benefits the client.

5 They are good with people- They have your best interest in mind.

6 They know their limits– I have always felt that the best people, no
matter what the profession, know when they are outside of their practice and
can refer you to the expert you may need.

7 They come highly recommended– Not only from word of mouth, but also from
their peers in the profession, and the medical community.

8. They put the clients¹ safety and well being as priority #1.

9. They lead by example and because of this they inspire you to work hard
and achieve your results.

10. Philosophy – Make sure your goals are the right fit with the trainers
expertise and background.

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Vertical Jump 101 with Team Flight Bros.

For those of us who are fans of athleticism and the athletic milestones that only a certain select few can attain.

What we can learn from TFB and the art of jumping.
Now it is time to breakdown and take a look at some of the fundamentals behind their hops.

Often parents, coaches and players ask me the secret to jumping higher or increasing their vertical jump. In general, I revert to strength and most importantly proper form with a solid base. However, for the more experienced athlete getting that extra inch is a margin we all strive to and must attain. For this purpose, we review an elite athlete’s natural technique.

I will elaborate on future blog posts about each individual component to jumping and give some focused areas of attention.  Enjoy the breakdown and lookout for more education to back up the highlights.

Lets take a few looks at the best vertical dunker on the planet and review his form. Below for video  breakdown.
Recently posted a video with 5’9’’ dunker Troy McCray aka Rudeboi

Dynamic Warm-Up with Basketball

With winter approaching I recently had an early training session at 5am, so 10 minutes before i left I started my old SUV to warm up the engine and get the frost off the windshield. The car just responds so much better with a little warm up before we hit the road.  I look at this as a preventative measure and something that has definitely increased the life span of the car.  I ask athletes all the time are you a “BENZ” or a “Bicycle” warm the car up and be ready to perform.

– Author, Mike Atkinson

He didn't just walk on the court and do this

  • The Dynamic Warm up involves flexibility during sport-specific movements.
  • Dynamic stretching is similar to ballistic stretching in that it utilizes speed of movement, but dynamic stretching avoids bouncing and includes movements specific to a sport or movement pattern.
  • We add the Ball to create a sport specific element.

Athletes that have not mastered the fundamental movement patterns should start without the ball and incorporate as they work through progressions.

Touch and GO!!! Youth Game

Featured Game of the Month

Game: Touch and Go

This game is great to get kids moving. It is fun, fast-paced, and competitive. It challenges the young athletes’ movement abilities and spatial awareness.

Similar to rugby without contact

A ball that is good for passing and catching
A field with designated scoring zones
Players (preferably 6-10)

Divide the players into 2 equal teams
Make sure that the boundaries and scoring zones are clear to all players

How to Play:
One team starts with the ball from the their scoring zone. Their goal is to get the ball to the other scoring zone to score a point.
The ball is advanced up the field through passes. Once a person catches a pass, he or she is allowed one step then must pass the ball to another teammate.
If the ball is intercepted, batted down, or not caught, than it is the opposing team’s ball to go the other direction starting at the point of incompletion.
The game should move fast. A person should not hold on to the ball for more than five seconds.
Physical contact is not allowed. This game should challenge the players to move their feet and play under control.
The first team to score five points wins.

Supplementing Your Diet

Play it safe with supplements

Are YOU a “Supplement Savvy” Athlete?

1. What is the definition of a dietary supplement?
A dietary supplement is a product (other than tobacco) that is intended to supplement the diet. Contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids; and other substances) or their constituents. Supplements are intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid.
You can see a label on the front panel as being a dietary supplement.

Supplement companies are not allowed to claim their supplement will cure, mitigate, or treat a disease

2. What (estimated) percent of athletes currently use dietary supplements?
A lot! In a review published by Loughborough University School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (England), supplement use is more prevalent in athletes (up to 60%) than in the general population (35-40%). However, “athletes who take supplements most often have no clear understanding of the effects of the supplements they are using, but it seems clear that supplements should be used only after a careful cost-benefit analysis has been conducted.”

3. Do dietary supplements work?
Most do NOT back up their claims… however, there are products that do work effectively for their intended purpose – including improved athletic performance. Remember, supplements are intended to supplement a healthful, adequate diet. It is best to get your nutrients from foods first. As the saying goes… “a poor diet supplemented is still a poor diet”…and your athletic potential will not be achieved.

4. Are dietary supplements safe?
Most are safe, however many are not. It is common for many dietary supplements to have side effects, including negatively interacting with medications. Some dietary supplements have caused serious harm and death. Also, a startling number of dietary supplements contain heavy metals, pesticides, prescription drugs and substances that are either illegal or banned (by sports governing bodies) due to contaminated raw ingredients, intentional adulteration and/or poor manufacturing practices.

5. About what percent of US dietary supplements have been found to contain banned (and illegal) substances?
A large study conducted by the Cologne Laboratory (UK) of 634 different product samples from 215 different suppliers in 13 countries around the world found:
94 supplements (14.8% of the total) of those analyzed were shown definitely to contain prohibited substances (e.g. steroid hormones and their precursors).
In another 66 samples (10.4% of the total), the analysis was inconclusive, but steroids may have been present.
19% of products bought in the USA contained prohibited substances.

6. How many dietary supplements are currently endorsed by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)?
Because of insufficient supplement quality and frequent contamination, NO (zero) dietary supplement products are currently endorsed/certified by USADA (2011).

7. How well are dietary supplements regulated?
The current regulations in the US and in many other countries permit the unrestricted sale of substances that are closely related to testosterone and other anabolic androgenic agents. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is now proposing to introduce legislation that will regulate the manufacture and distribution of dietary supplements. Currently, dietary supplements are not evaluated by regulatory agencies and inaccurate labeling of ingredients is known to be a problem. Internet selling has also effectively removed most of the national controls that are in place to protect the consumer (Source: Loughborough University)

8. What dietary supplement products should athletes specifically be most concerned with ingesting?
Bodybuilding products: may contain undeclared ingredients, steroids, pro-hormones,  & steroid pre-cursors
Weight loss products: may contain undeclared ingredients, banned diuretics, & stimulants
Pre-workout products: may contain undeclared ingredients, banned stimulants, & excessive levels of caffeine
Male enhancement products: may contain undeclared ingredients, pro-hormones, & other banned substances
Energy drinks: may contain undeclared ingredients, banned stimulants, & excessive levels of caffeine

9. Where can I find information about which dietary supplements are approved for your sport?
A sports dietitian (RD, CSSD)
Your sports medicine staff (e.g. athletic trainer)
Your sports governing body, including: NIAA (high school), NCAA (collegiate), players associations (NFL, MLB, etc.), and USADA or WADA (international)

For questions, contact Joe Dibble, RD, CSCS

High Calorie High Power Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad (High Calorie)

(Makes 4 servings)

6-ounce can tuna, packed in oil
2 hard-boiled eggs
¼ cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
¼ cup mayonnaise (or more, if desired)

• Wash lid of tuna can.
• Open can and drain off oil.
• Mix drained tuna with eggs, onion, relish, and mayonnaise.

Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrient Information (per serving):
280 calories, 5 grams carbohydrate, 16 grams protein, 22 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 300 mg sodium, 150 mg potassium, 25 mg calcium.

Source: ADA NCM

Keiser Performance for Basketball, with Video

Keiser performance equipment is a game changer. I have had the opportunity to work with Keiser performance for over 4 years at Sierra Strength & Speed. The ability to generate basketball specific training programs that use the pneumatic technology is a huge training advantage for athletes. Whether I am working with an NBA draft pick or a high school athlete, the response is the same: training with Keiser allows them to feel the power behind the movement.

Keiser Performance

An athlete often possesses great movement or great strength but are limited in the ability to merge the two together. With the instant feedback for the athlete, the trainer can help the athlete understand when they perform the movement properly, the overall power goes up and reinforces the timing and pattern of the drill. Power is a great tool, but for my athletes the constant resistance gives me the option to work acceleration and deceleration with dynamic movement patterns, go right into a stability exercise, finishing with another high demand strength exercise, replicating the demands that the athlete is very familiar with on the court. (more…)

Training for NV Pro Day at SSS.

3 Nevada Football Players Prepare for Pro Day at SSS.

Sierra Strength and Speed is honored to welcome Courtney Randall, Doyle Miller and Kevin Grimes for Pro Day preparation. Their program includes three days of power running and agility, combined with full-body strength training and two days of recovery. Each player is excelling tremendously as we are taking a non-traditional approach to their performance training. Our focus is to restore proper movement patterns that will improve their strength and speed as well as prevent common wear and tear. The result is that the players are feeling and performing better than ever.

Courtney Randall RB for NV

Doyle is quoted saying, “For the first time ever, I am finally feeling my hamstrings work when I run.” Courtney, Doyle and Kevin exemplify hard work and commitment. Their enthusiasm motivates and energizes the entire facility.

Doyle using his agility

With ProDay 4 weeks away,stay up to date with training on Twitter @sierrastrength