Adam Rotchstein and I first met moons ago during my time at Athletes’ Performance. What struck me most about Adam was that he was a guy who took great pleasure in helping the younger generation advance. Though still fairly young himself, Adam has had a multitude of experiences that have influenced his development from his time at East Carolina University to the Carolina Panthers to Arizona State University to Chivas USA, to currently a man who has a hand in Athletes Performance’s combine preparation and NFL Veteran programs.
Adam’s top athletic development resources:
While I could give you a list of books that I like and have read, I am going to list the 5 books that I feel
have not only influenced my coaching the most as of today, but are also the most valuable, page per
page, and would give an up and coming coach or a seasoned coach a well rounded perspective on
improving their knowledge base in our field. Here they are…
#1 – Principles and Practice of Resistance Training – by Michael H. Stone / Meg Stone – This goes #1
on my list because I believe this is the book that should be used by the NSCA for their CSCS credential
education. If you are unfamiliar with Michael Stone, get familiar with him and his research. Even better,
go to one of his annual conferences that is held at ETSU each year.
#2 – The Charlie Francis Training System – by Charlie Francis – If you were to only read one Charlie
Francis book, in my opinion, this would be it. He outlines nearly everything he does, and why. This
book has helped me greatly in preparing and peaking athletes for specific events, especially helping me
with our NFL Combine / Pro Day guys. The athletes I train have recorded multiple PRs at their pro day/
combine by using his methods.
#3 – Vermeil’s Sports and Fitness Training System for Enhancing Athletic Performance – by Al Vermeil
– While some may not classify this as a “book”, because it is not in print, and it could even be considered
a cult-status type read, it is without a doubt in my top 5. Al Vermeil was able to win Championships in
two of the biggest sports in the USA. Not an easy task, no matter how much talent is on a team. Thus,
he had to have done a thing or two correctly. After reading the book though, you will realize he did
WAY more than 1 or 2 things correctly. An overall great read and it will definitely help you with your
coaching, if you can find it!
#4 – Running : Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice – by Frans Bosch & Ronald Klomp –
The best and most in depth look at running in a bound form that I know of in my opinion.
#5 – How to Make the Big Time Where You Are – Frosty Westerling – A book about leadership and how
to be big-time without acting like a “big-timer”.
Honorable Mention: New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz; Movement by Gray Cook; Supertraining
by Mel Siff; Athletic Development by Vern Gambetta; So You Want to Become a Strength & Conditioning
Coach by Ian King; A Chance To Win by Mike Gentry; and Poliquin Principles by Charles Poliquin.