Nick Folker

Nick Folker is the Co-Founder and Director of Elite Performance at BridgeAthletic. Nick’s roster of athletes includes 35 Olympians winning 22 Olympic Medals, 7 team NCAA Championships and over 170 individual and relay NCAA championships.
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Leveraging Athlete Maxes: Building with %1RME

Posted by Nick Folker on Jun 7, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Delivering an individualized strength and conditioning program to each member of a team used to be difficult. Often, we found ourselves calculating percentages based on each athlete’s 1 rep max equivalent (%1RME) and then creating unique lifting cards, containing each individual’s weight prescriptions. However, the BridgeAthletic builder does away with these calculations. Simply choose to prescribe weight based on %1RME and deliver your workout to every athlete at once, allowing each value to automatically calculate, based on the percentages assigned. No more mistyped Excel formulas. Spend your time on the floor, not the computer.

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Topics: S+C, Product Features

Connecting Your Entire Athletic Department

Posted by Nick Folker on May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Communicating with your team can be a challenge. Accounting for last minute scheduling conflicts, relaying workout descriptions in the off season and generally keeping track of a high volume of athletes can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve created the Team Stream to help streamline all communication with your individual athletes as well as the different parts of your department, from sports coaches to trainers. While this simple messaging system can significantly impact your athletes’ engagement and your tracking of their success, BridgeAthletic’s communication features also enable the rest of your training staff to collaborate more effectively.

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Topics: Product Features

Program Analytics: Evaluating your program throughout the season

Posted by Nick Folker on Apr 25, 2017 7:45:00 AM


The ability to track your athletes' progress is at the center of the BridgeAthletic coach’s experience. While mapping results across many seasons is crucial to your team’s success, having the tools to communicate and examine your programming can serve as an equally important factor when assessing results and planning your next steps. The BridgeAthletic platform not only allows you to track your athletes' success, but the analytical features enable you to compare those results to the composition of your programming.

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Topics: S+C, Sport Science, Product Features

Tracking Progress with Scorecards & Graphing Test History

Posted by Nick Folker on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Testing your athletes is crucial to measuring the success of your strength program. While it can be time consuming and difficult to collect data and analyze your team's stats, the BridgeAthletic platform allows coaches to compile, organize, track, and examine your athlete's tests against each other and over time.

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Topics: S+C, Product Features

The Athlete Interface- Smooth Training in Person or Remote

Posted by Nick Folker on Mar 28, 2017 10:24:17 AM


Engagement and communication are two factors of strength and conditioning training that can quickly impede an otherwise successful plan. Maintaining a steady stream of athlete engagement can be challenging even at the highest levels. The school year delivers never-ending schedule conflicts and stressors to young athletes, while the off season and distraction of the summer months can cause an equally frustrating lack of enthusiasm. Similarly, communicating the purpose for your plan and the importance of compliance and engagement can be incredibly difficult given these complications and disruptions. With an app to seamlessly log, track and communicate their progress directly from their mobile devices, athletes training with BridgeAthletic are able to engage with their training on their schedule wherever they are, improving compliance and excitement.

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Topics: S+C, Travel, Product Features

Championship Season Swimming

Posted by Nick Folker on Mar 7, 2017 10:44:51 AM

Championship season beckons. Over the next 3 weeks, the best of the best will converge for the biggest tournaments of the year. It is time to quiet your thoughts and really trust in the work you have done to get to where you are. Getting to this point requires a great amount of dedication and time invested by you as an athlete, your coaching staff, and your family. So believe in yourself and the work you have done.

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Topics: Competition, Swimming

Software for Strength Coaches: Programming made easy

Posted by Nick Folker on Feb 28, 2017 1:40:05 PM

The purpose of BridgeAthletic’s software for strength coaches is simple: it’s to empower you as a coach to do more in less time. We strive to deliver a platform that equips you with a way to seamlessly develop your S&C program in real time, as your athletes develop. At the heart of every strength department are the programs, which is why we’ve made the Content Manager the heart of the Bridge platform. Create your own exercises or use our built in library, build out days, weeks, and seasons of training, saving templates along the way to come back to next season or use as a starting point for another one of your teams. When you’re done, review the load analyzer to make sure the program progresses as you intend. Then, quickly schedule your training and deliver it to your athletes, no formatting necessary, leaving you with more time to coach and less time spent on the computer.

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Topics: S+C, Product Features

Edits on the Fly: Adding Flexibility to Your Programming

Posted by Nick Folker on Feb 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM



As ex-athletes and coaches ourselves, we know you have to be both flexible and efficient when working with your athletes. Academic priorities, travel schedules, injuries and other conflicts can understandably cause disruption in any gym routine. That’s why Bridge has just released its newest feature, Edits on the Fly, which will allow you as the coach to make edits directly on your iPad, meaning you can finally do away with any need for paper notes!

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Topics: News, Product Features

4 Steps to Better Championship Preparation for Swimmers

Posted by Nick Folker on Aug 1, 2016 10:33:40 AM

4 Steps to Better Championship Preparation

Championship season is the time of year when you put even more focus into swimming your fastest. As the physical demand of training lightens, how you manage the remaining hours in your day becomes more critical. Making your meets a priority doesn’t mean skirting other responsibilities—it just means planning ahead and practicing your best habits outside of the pool. Here are four ways to optimize your time as you prepare for a championship:

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Topics: Competition