Laundry Tag is a great way to enhance athletic skills while your athletes have a great time! This activity improves: Speed – General speed improvements occur in relation to and via improvements in specific elements of speed. Acceleration, deceleration, hip turns, weight shifts, core and body control and rapid realignment of the body in space… Continue reading Laundry Tag Speed and Agility Game for Athletes
I train a lot of athletes. I also get to see a lot of other people train athletes. One aspect of training that is clearly over-marketed and not well understood is core training. I think the most critical aspect of core training is anti-rotation training. If an athlete, or anyone for that matter, can’t… Continue reading Core Training for Anti-Rotation, Part 1
New research from the University of Portsmouth could help Premiership footballers ahead of the new season, which starts August 10. The study, published in the journal Human Movement Science, has come up with the best way to practice penalty kicks if a player favors waiting for the goalkeeper to move rather than just deciding on… Continue reading 2 Methods of Practice for Soccer Penalty Kicks: A Study
Should your athlete or client swing a Kettlebell? The answer, as it often is in fitness, is “it depends.” Kettlebells are everywhere in the fitness world. Every McFitness health club, every training center, every studio and then some. And everyone who’s watched 60 seconds of Youtube videos thinks they know how to swing them. But… Continue reading Step Away From the Kettlebell!
Muscles are great. Muscle systems are awesome! Without the brain & CNS, they’re nothing but useless sacks of protein. Muscles are like power tools. Good ones look cool, but they’re useless unless you plug them in or power them up! The elegance, power & complexity of athletic movement are rooted in the brain. Each of… Continue reading It All Starts In The Brain
Are you consistent? That, not intensity, is the key to success in training. Check out my thoughts on this Essential Law.
“What should I do on my off days?” It’s a question I get quite often from athletes and clients. It doesn’t matter if the training program is for athletic development or fat loss/physique improvement, everyone has to have some off days. Recovery is important. But so is the feeling of making progress and staying on… Continue reading Do You Even Walk, Bro?
This is the first installment in this series about how to make your knees “bulletproof” for sports. Bulletproof in this arena means really, really injury resistant. Here, Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes 2017 3rd Round pick) is doing an exercise that gets performed really poorly all too often. Band-resisted Shuffles are a great way to activate… Continue reading Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1
6 weeks ago, Nate started working with me. 6 weeks ago, Nate had great difficulty just hinging at the hips to pick up a kettlebell. Today, he nailed 3 sets of squats to a box with really strong, solid form. Without the Bioness stimulation unit that usually assists his left leg – he didn’t have… Continue reading Can the Brain Heal?
Coaches – can you see the tell-tale sign of hip mobility and core strength issues in this Hurdle Shuffle? A lack of hip mobility, weak spinal stabilization and weak hip flexors combine here. Do you see the “big clue?” Hint – when we adjusted the hurdle height down to about 5-6″, we saw the same… Continue reading Strength, Mobility & Hurdle Shuffles