Skill-based Conditioning for Sports

Coaches…when programming activities for conditioning, why not use activities that build desired skills, create effective athletic conditioning AND have a “fun factor?” This competitive relay incorporates linear speed, reactive/plyometric training, footwork and change of direction. And…it’s FUN! Teams compete to complete the course the most times in a given time frame. Quality of completion is… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Sports

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Core Strength, Control or Activation?

Those in the fitness profession place a heavy focus on the idea of core “strength.” Mind you, I realize that we benefit our clients by helping them develop strength through the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, thoraco-pelvic canister and spinal stabilization system. However, strength is useless if you have an inadequate degree of “activation” of that strength,… Continue reading Core Strength, Control or Activation?

Roll Pattern Hip Assessment and Activation

The brain trains movements, not muscles. Understand this bio-mechanical, neuro-muscular reality and you can find a much smoother pathway to correcting muscular, movement pattern and kinetic chain dysfunction. Andrew exhibits slight asymmetry in lunging, 1/2 kneeling and rhythmic activities like skipping, jogging/backpedal and shuffling. Hip flexion/extension exhibits incompletely on one side vs the other. Should… Continue reading Roll Pattern Hip Assessment and Activation

Sled March/Run Post-ACL Rehab

How do we assess the correct exercise selection and progressions for our post-rehab athletes and clients? Cam is post-rehab for an uncomplicated ACL tear. She assessed strongly, with only minor off-leg valgus in SL Stance/excursion and slight hip drop to the right in plank positions. During core and strength training, she exhibits very good bilateral… Continue reading Sled March/Run Post-ACL Rehab

Agility Ladder Patterns

Pattern recognition and mastery, rhythm, ‪ movement confidence and reaction. Important “passive” skills for athletes. Critical for ASD athletes. Building on a previous discussion on rhythm and movement confidence, today a little about pattern recognition and mastery. To master movement, athletes must pass through at least these three “phases” or levels, in my opinion. 1.… Continue reading Agility Ladder Patterns

Rhythm, Movement Confidence and Skills

Rhythm and movement confidence. These are important “passive” athletic skills for any athlete. For athletes with ASD challenges, they’re critical. Each skill serves as a building block for other and more complex movement and athletic skills. Rhythm is an expression of time and works hand-in-hand with pattern recognition to improve the capability for, and even… Continue reading Rhythm, Movement Confidence and Skills

Slam Ball Chest Pass “Wager” Game

Fitness training or a challenging game for my basketball-fan athlete? Both. We started with a tire and a 10 lb Dead Ball (Slam Ball.) To begin, there were the following exercises to be done: 15 rounds, 1 exercise per round 2 Arm Rope Slams X 12 OH Ball Carry (30 yards) X 1 Sled Pushes… Continue reading Slam Ball Chest Pass “Wager” Game

“Evidence-based S & C” – Is it for real?

Like so many other questions in the Fitness Profession, the answer is “it depends.” The term “Evidence-based Strength & Conditioning,” or “Evidence-based Fitness Training” is starting to pop up in the Fitness Profession. Heck, I bet someone is working furiously right now on creating the next big fitness info-product based on the idea. “6 Weeks… Continue reading “Evidence-based S & C” – Is it for real?

What we can learn from Lee’s Knees.

  This is Lee. Well, actually, it’s Lee’s knees. In his right knee he’s missing a meniscus since 1981 and ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL,) and tore his Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), sometime between 1981 and 5 years ago. His orthopedic surgeon elected not to repair, telling him “I’ll see you in about 10… Continue reading What we can learn from Lee’s Knees.

Try this: Zercher Lunge and Ball Slam Complex

Click for video. Core training, strength training, postural training and metabolic conditioning. All important elements of a solid training program, for athletes and for fat loss. All found in this multi-faceted complex. Zercher Carry Walking Lunge x 12 Dead Ball Slam x 6 4 rounds, with 45-60 seconds rest between rounds, BUT you must hold… Continue reading Try this: Zercher Lunge and Ball Slam Complex