Tap into the genius of Boyd Epley, founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the University of Nebraska’s storied Husker Power program. The Path to Athletic Power provides unique insight into the evolution of modern sports conditioning, how it was significantly influenced by the developments in Epley’s highly successful program, and the best and most current version of that program, so you too can build superior athletes.
Epley`s 10 conditioning principles provide the foundation for big-time success on the field or court. Draw on the same methods he`s used to develop three Heisman Trophy winners, eight Outland Trophy winners, and 300 athletes who moved on to play in the NFL or win national, world, or Olympic titles. From training three-dimensional movement to using split routines, his innovative workouts have produced exceptional gains in power, strength, and speed.
With the help of step-by-step explanations and exclusive insights appearing in print for the first time, you`ll be able to design a state-of-the-art conditioning plan, complete with in-season, off-season, and multisport programs. Draw on Epley’s wealth of knowledge, experience, and success for sure footing and fast progress on the path to athletic power!
Chapter 1. The Advent of Formal Sports Conditioning
Chapter 2. The Path to Husker Power and Beyond
Chapter 3. Redefinition of the Athletic Body
Chapter 4. Core Principles of Conditioning
Chapter 5. Support and Supervision
Chapter 6. Facilities and Equipment
Chapter 7. Testing
Chapter 8. Evaluation
Chapter 9. Goal Setting
Chapter 10. Program Design
Chapter 11. Off-season Programs
Chapter 12. In-Season and Multi-sport Programs
Chapter 13. Anaerobic, Speed, and Agility Training
Chapter 14. Work Ethic and Habits
Chapter 15. Future Developments in Sports Conditioning
Boyd Epley is the associate athletic director for athletic performance and facility development at the University of Nebraska. A legend at Nebraska and a pioneer in his field, Epley started Husker Power for the Husker football team in 1969. His strength programs have had positive effects on millions of athletes while he has worked behind the scenes with a mission to move athletes to a new level, never be satisfied, always stay focused, and always look for new innovation and research.
In 1969, Epley became the first person to carry the title of strength coach in what was then the Big Eight Conference. In 1978, Epley founded the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He hosted the first national convention and served as president and chairman of the board of directors for five years. In 1980, Epley was the first to be named the national strength coach of the year, and in 1993 he was presented the NSCA's first Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honored by the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1993 with the Lyell Bremser Award, and in 1999 he was named as one of the top 100 people to have influenced college football in the last 100 years. In 2003 he was named to the College Strength Coaches Hall of Fame.
Epley lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Jane. They have two children, Jay and Jenna.
“Boyd Epley has had a long and successful career in the field of strength and conditioning. All readers can benefit from this strength and conditioning pioneer's vast knowledge and expertise. The Path to Athletic Power is an extremely practical, thorough, and comprehensive resource for the development of a safe and effective strength and conditioning program.”
Dr. Chuck Stiggins Executive Director, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association
"Boyd presents a unique and insightful view of the development of the Nebraska Husker Power program. Incorporated with this view are useful guidelines and examples which can be valuable to anyone involved in the strength and conditioning profession."
Meg Stone Coaching Manager, United Stated Olympic Committee
"Boyd's program helped my strength and durability, which not only kept me injury free at Nebraska but also during my ten years as fullback for the Detroit Lions. The Path to Athletic Power can help you, too."