Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. The question is...how do we optimally train it?Read More >
Without question - speed, agility, and change of direction capabilities are three characteristics all ground-based athletes need in order to compete at higher levels.
The examples are endless: athletes who are faster and more agile are higher performers than those with lesser capabilities. The athletes who are proficient more quickly score the points, make spectacular plays, tackle the breakaway ball carrier, and are often the team leaders.Read More >
There's about a thousand and one ways you can plan your speed and agility training: ladders, cones, grids, build up sprints, plyometrics, etc. But how can you be sure that all the time you're investing in off-season speed and agility training is actually paying off?Read More >
“We’ve all seen the endless ‘agility’ videos on Instagram and YouTube. They go something like this: an athlete performs the ‘Ickey shuffle’ through a speed ladder, then quickly transitions into a few figure 8’s around some strategically-placed cones. Next comes the salsa-dance-looking moves around a few more cones, and finally there’s a hop, skip, or a jump over a handful of perfectly-organized mini hurdles.”
— Coach Joe DeFranco on the terrible exercises that are passed off as agility training.Read More >
Sports that rely on change of direction, jumping, starting ability and sprinting are dependent on strength and power capabilities. All things held consistent like bodyweight, skill and height, athletes who possess the greater amount of strength and power have a competitive advantage and are more than likely going to be successful.Read More >
Football season is officially upon us and if you're a football coach there’s really only one night that matters to you: Friday.
Here's how to maximize your training leading up to Kick Off.Read More >
The off season is a crucial training period in a rugby player’s calendar: do it correctly and you'll be fitter, faster and more powerful than the competition. Do it incorrectly and you could find yourself in a world of hurt come the first few weeks of the season.Read More >
A three part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches. Athletes and new lifters are often being pushed too hard, too fast. What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar? Part two covers the importance of developing movement, energy systems, and strength for long-term athletic development.Read More >
You see a lot of basketball training “experts” out there with their athletes doing all types of fancy stuff. A lot of hopping around, balancing on one leg, juggling poodles in the middle of a busy intersection… you get the picture.Read More >