That's when I realized that the name of the state is actually two words. "Ala" "Bama"
For two freakin hours I had to listen to the drivel.
How much do you think they spent on this place?
Nine wins + two losses + 3rd place in the SEC + #20 ranking in final AP poll = 1941 National Champions.
This may be the point where Alabama really and truly crosses some line from "football program" into "island fortress ruled by a shadowy man with an iron hand and squinty glare." Knowing Nick Saban, this isn't even the real weight room, but instead some clever decoy to make you think Alabama players "lift weights" like "normal people" and aren't "reconstructed by imprisoned North Korean super-soldier surgeons in a bunker eight miles beneath the surface of the planet." This is a warmup area for the men's diving team.
Power racks, boxes, glute-ham benches, reverse hypers, and dumbbells.
Ok, weight room is done, folks.
At least Longo ditched the army of Jammer Press machines that idiot Mendoza was so damn fond of.
and I still have no clue what it's used for... some kind of standing front presses?
There actually are some legitimate uses for it, but it's way, way overrated. Mendoza used it as a foundational piece to his program. There's nothing that can be done in that machine that can't be done more effectively through other methods. And the real disaster is when it's used for explosive triple extension. Picture a sort of explosive hip thrust with lockout and the ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder to create full extension through the body. Great theory, except most football players never want to find themselves in that position. It blurs the line between strength development and technique development too much, and it does it with poor biomechanics, specifically an overemphasis on the anterior chain and insufficient activation of the posterior chain.
we need to look good on the sidelines when the cameras pan over.
I know what a squat cage looks like, but those items appear to be on roller-bar thingies for only one degree of motion (up/down). What am I missing.
In the lower right (the things with the big rollers) are the glute-ham benches. It is one the best posterior chain exercises ever devised.
Just above those on the far right you can see the first few reverse hypers. Another fantastic posterior chain exercise.
nautilus machine. If you crush it you've got to run a lap! At least I think that's one of the dumb things I oversaw in Loftus at the time.
Do you see all those Oly platform boxes? Those are sick. I know Longo has the guys learning cleans and snatches but those boxes really help develop opening up the hip. Do we use those? From the videos of ND's program I haven't seen them and I have seen some shitty form snatching with lower weight than would be desired...
Most of these kids are strong as hell, but have been taught really crappy technique from middle/high school onward. Lots of early arm pulling, reverse curling, and dropped elbows.
I can't say whether Longo makes an effort to work correcting bad technique.