6 Steps to Building a High Performance and Soccer-Specific Training Program

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jun 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Success on the field comes from hard work in the gym. Soccer-specific training programs designed for each player’s position, strengths and weaknesses, and the team’s competition calendar are paying off on the field. Coaches are seeing the main difference through an increase in game wins. They are also seeing a reduction in player injuries allowing their team to go hard all season long. Whether players are still developing or competing at the highest level, having explosive power and strength can be the difference between scoring goals and losing a game. Here’s a six-step guide on how to build a soccer-specific strength and conditioning program:

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Topics: S+C, Soccer

Dynamic Soccer Warm-Up to Enhance Athletic Performance

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jun 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A proper dynamic warm-up is an important step to prepare an athlete’s body to perform at maximum intensity during a workout, training session, and competition. In the past, a traditional warm-up routine involved a light jog followed by extensive static stretching. Studies have shown that too much static stretching lengthens muscles and nerves, which in turn decreases athletic performance for up to two hours. Unlike this “sit and stretch” method, an active dynamic warm-up increases body and core temperature, increases blood flow to muscles, focuses the athlete’s mind on the task ahead, and enhances coordination and motor ability. Thus, an effective dynamic warm-up should incorporate sport-specific movements and cause athletes to break a sweat in order to optimize athletic performance.

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Topics: S+C, Competition, Soccer, Training

Leveraging Athlete Maxes: Building with %1RME

Posted by Nick Folker on Jun 7, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Delivering an individualized strength and conditioning program to each member of a team used to be difficult. Often, we found ourselves calculating percentages based on each athlete’s 1 rep max equivalent (%1RME) and then creating unique lifting cards, containing each individual’s weight prescriptions. However, the BridgeAthletic builder does away with these calculations. Simply choose to prescribe weight based on %1RME and deliver your workout to every athlete at once, allowing each value to automatically calculate, based on the percentages assigned. No more mistyped Excel formulas. Spend your time on the floor, not the computer.

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Topics: S+C, Product Features

Workout of the Week: Dumbbell Workout

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jun 7, 2017 4:59:00 AM

New and want to try out the BridgeAthletic app experience for yourself? The Workout of the Week will now be available as an in-app experience!  For all our loyal followers, sign up here to join the team and receive the Workout of the Week on your mobile device.  Just give us the basics and we'll set you up on our workout team.  

Step 1: Fill out the form below.

Step 2: Download the BridgeTracker app on your mobile device.

Step 3: We will send you an invite to join the Weekly Workout team. Once you get this, finish your profile and you'll get our Workout of the Week each Friday!

 

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Topics: Workout of the Week

Workout of the Week: Competition Workout

Posted by BridgeAthletic on May 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM

New and want to try out the BridgeAthletic app experience for yourself? The Workout of the Week will now be available as an in-app experience!  For all our loyal followers, sign up here to join the team and receive the Workout of the Week on your mobile device.  Just give us the basics and we'll set you up on our workout team.  

Step 1: Fill out the form below.

Step 2: Download the BridgeTracker app on your mobile device.

Step 3: We will send you an invite to join the Weekly Workout team. Once you get this, finish your profile and you'll get our Workout of the Week each Friday!

 

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Topics: Workout of the Week

Sport Psychology: Goal Planning

Posted by Ami Strutin Belinoff, M.A on May 30, 2017 12:50:04 PM

Beach Season is Upon Us: Goal planning step by step.

In sports, vision is crucial and it is the center point for which all success and or failure hinges. There will be failures and pitfalls along the way, but resiliency, determination, and persistence are key to long-term success.

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Topics: Sport Science, Volleyball

Workout of the Week: Med Ball Full Body

Posted by BridgeAthletic on May 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

New and want to try out the BridgeAthletic app experience for yourself? The Workout of the Week will now be available as an in-app experience!  For all our loyal followers, sign up here to join the team and receive the Workout of the Week on your mobile device.  Just give us the basics and we'll set you up on our workout team.  

Step 1: Fill out the form below.

Step 2: Download the BridgeTracker app on your mobile device.

Step 3: We will send you an invite to join the Weekly Workout team. Once you get this, finish your profile and you'll get our Workout of the Week each Friday!

 

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Topics: Workout of the Week

Monitoring Performance: Planning hydration, nutrition and sleep

Posted by Juan Pablo Reggiardo on May 23, 2017 1:07:40 PM

 

Your athlete is generally only training with you 2-10 hours per week. This leaves over 160 hours left in each seven day week for them to be negatively impacting their body and their training. With this in mind, the most important thing you can do as a coach is to educate your athletes on the different processes they can control every single day that will help them grow and progress.

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Topics: Nutrition, S+C, Sport Science, Recovery

The Physiology of Naps and the Impact on Athletic Performance

Posted by Shelley Harper on May 22, 2017 9:43:00 AM

Whether you incorporate naps into your daily routine or choose to opt for them when you are overly exhausted, naps can have a profound affect on alertness and performance. But when should you nap and for how long? The answers to these questions depend on the individual, and the following will help you determine the perfect nap in terms of time and length that is best for you.

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Topics: Competition, Sleep