Anthony Donskov

Anthony Donskov is the founder of DSC where he serves as the Director of Sport Performance. Donskov holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science & is the author of Physical Preparation for Ice Hockey.

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Coach IT!

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A squat is not a squat to a qualified; well-versed, highly educated, detail oriented Strength Coach.  It’s a multi –joint, compound exercise that is a beautiful expression of movement!  Foot placement, mid –section stability (ribs down) and peripheral torque of the limbs (both hands and feet) are of utmost importance in eliminating strength leaks, maintaining mechanics not to mention bar position, racking, un-racking, hand placement etc.  A rotator cuff perturbation is more than just a shoulder going through the motions to a highly sought after physical therapist!  It’s an expression of dynamic stability being maintained while the humerus is being challenged during movement!  Both require expertise….both require COACHING! 



I chose these two examples because they are common in both settings respectively!  I can only imagine how many squats an experienced Strength Coach has seen during his/her career and how many shoulder scripts have been run by a senior level physical therapist.   In all this monotony too many times the true art of coaching is lost!   It never ceases to amaze me some of the stories I hear from our athletes regarding their past experiences in the weight room or PT clinic!  Coaches sitting behind desks surfing the internet during weight training, or PT’s hooking up machines, leaving for 10 minutes, handing out exercise instructions, leaving for another 10 minutes before concluding the session.  While I hope this is not the norm for the majority, it does exist today in too many places!  If you want to make sure you’re in the hands of a professional….make sure your getting COACHED! 


Dynamic Warm-Up…COACH IT…Squat…COACH IT….Hang Clean….COACH IT….Push….COACH IT….Press…COACH IT…PT scripts….COACH them…Life experience…COACH IT…Values…COACH IT….Passion….COACH IT….Role model….LIVE IT…COACH IT. 


A squat is not a squat to a qualified; well-versed, highly educated, detail oriented Strength Coach.  It’s an opportunity to COACH IT!  That never gets old to me!!!

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