Athletic Longevity: A preview into how training to improve strength, speed, agility and power will maximize athletic potential.
What does it take to become a better athlete? Let me ask you this. How is your performance (or your child’ performance) at the end of the season? Are you (they) in as good of shape, as strong, or as fast on the last day of the season compared to the begining?
With the rising number of youth athletes either becoming a three season athlete or a year long single sport athlete, year long performance training programs are important for the overall health of the athlete. Decreasing injuries and increasing sport performance are probably the two biggest reasons for adding a training program. Athletes generally want to be better than their opponents, and don’t want to watch from the side. Season longevity should also be a main focal point for athletes. Athletes today focus less on strength, speed, agility, and power training, while increasing more time on practicing the specifics of their sport.
Athletes need to practice specifics, but if they only practice their specific sport, they will miss the athletic improvement component.
When I ask athletes what they do to become better at their sport, most reactions are “play more of the sport.” Here are some problems with that thought:
Where and when are they developing speed?
Where and when are they developing power?
Where and when are they developing agility?
The questions can go on.
If I asked you (or your child) the same question, would would the response be?
Going to practice develops better skills for a specific sport, tactical strategy, working on specific position requirements, plays to run in certain scenarios, etc. All of those make for a better player of a specific sport, with knowledge and skill.
For significant performance improvements, however, inclusion of an athletic performance training program is mandatory.
Footwork, speed, plyometrics, acceleration, all of these other additions to the athletic profile usually end up taking a back seat during practice even though these additions are the glue that hold athletic foundation together.
With athletes as busy are they are now, finding time to train the way they should can become difficult. Warriors of Fitness implements a strategic movement approach to athletic performance training rather than a lifting approach. This type of training is reactive in nature by requiring the athlete to react to a changing environment. Thus we have produced a higher cross-over effect from training for athletes because they have been training their bodies to adapt to changing situations like they encounter in competition and practice.
Change the way you train.
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