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Benefits of Hill Training

2018-12-06T19:21:23+00:00December 6th, 2018|

For centuries, athletes have suffered while running hill sprints. Not because their athletic trainers were sadistic (although you know some are), but because they’re tried-and-true effective. All you need is a steep enough hill (6% grade or over) or access to stairs or bleachers and you can perform a workout that will improve endurance as well as build muscle and power.Easier on Your JointsRunning uphill produces less force on your ankles, knees, and hips. Although your heart is pounding, take some solace that your joints are not. This is mostly because running uphill places your body in a better position [...]

Tips to Improve Agility for Athletic Performance

2018-11-14T21:00:29+00:00October 11th, 2018|

There is a ton of attention paid to the value of speed in sports performance. Although it is an important aspect of athletic performance, other than running straight ahead, athlete’s that perform on a court, field, or ring have the need for cutting on a dime, shuffle to cut off a drive, or dribbling past a defender. All of these moves necessitate, some would argue the most important aspect needed for athlete performance—agility.As with speed, agility has many components, including:Recognition/Reaction: Recognize the situation and react ASAPDecision-Making Speed: Moving as fast as possible while assessing game situationsBalance/Body Awareness: Controlling and knowing [...]

7 Techniques to Increase Speed

2018-11-14T21:01:59+00:00September 10th, 2018|

Speed pertains to: how fast someone can run, how fast they can accelerate from a stationary position, their maximal speed of movement, and their speed maintenance (minimizing deceleration).When performing speed training, there must be a solid foundation of functional strength to maximize gains, reduce the chance of injury, and achieve more explosive force production. To improve in all aspects pertaining to speed: proper form, knee drive, triple extension, and mobility are important factors that an athlete most focus on.Proper technique is essential to speed training. An athlete can only run as fast as his/her technique will allow.Here are 7 basic [...]