How to Reach your Athletic Goals in the Heat of Summer

Posted by Shelley Harper on May 1, 2017 3:30:00 PM



For athletes, there are many difficulties that go along with exercising in hot temperatures. Whether you are a football player, track athletic or a year-round swimmer, it is extremely important to consider the environment in which you train.

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Topics: S+C, Sport Science

Use this Pullup Progression to Improve Strength to Weight Ratio | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Apr 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Strength to weight ratio is an important concept for any athlete. In sports that place a high value on both endurance and speed, such as swimming and running, your strength to bodyweight ratio is a good measure of your overall efficiency—that is, how well you can propel your body through the water or on land for a given bodyweight. In gymnastics, your strength to bodyweight ratio is incredibly critical to your ability to suspend yourself throughout various positions. A high strength to weight ratio is favorable. To develop your strength without gaining excessive body mass, bodyweight exercises are the way to go. These movements will increase your functional strength: strength that utilizes your whole body rather than isolating parts of it. Most strength programs will have a combination of bodyweight and regular weighted exercises to achieve various strength goals. To delve into this topic further, let’s analyze one extremely valuable bodyweight exercise: the pullup.

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Topics: S+C

Program Analytics: Evaluating your program throughout the season

Posted by Nick Folker on Apr 25, 2017 7:45:00 AM

 

The ability to track your athletes' progress is at the center of the BridgeAthletic coach’s experience. While mapping results across many seasons is crucial to your team’s success, having the tools to communicate and examine your programming can serve as an equally important factor when assessing results and planning your next steps. The BridgeAthletic platform not only allows you to track your athletes' success, but the analytical features enable you to compare those results to the composition of your programming.

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Topics: S+C, Sport Science, Product Features

The Importance of Hip Mobility and Ways to Improve

Posted by Shelley Harper on Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM


Previously, we talked about ankle mobility and it’s importance in injury prevention, weight lifting, and kicking mechanics in swimming. Here, we will move on to the importance of hip mobility in athletics. Hip mobility is very important for all athletes, especially for those individuals spending a significant amount of time sitting when they aren’t training. Whether you are working 8-hour days at a desk, or spending hours in class, sitting impacts hip mobility by shortening the hip-flexors and weakening the glute muscles. This post will review why improving hip mobility is important and how to offset hours of sitting with simple exercises that improve hip flexibility.

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Topics: S+C

Tracking Progress with Scorecards & Graphing Test History

Posted by Nick Folker on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

Testing your athletes is crucial to measuring the success of your strength program. While it can be time consuming and difficult to collect data and analyze your team's stats, the BridgeAthletic platform allows coaches to compile, organize, track, and examine your athlete's tests against each other and over time.

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Topics: S+C, Product Features

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and How It Affects Performance

Posted by Shelley Harper on Apr 4, 2017 11:05:00 AM

I will never forget my first workout in high school, my first jump-rope circuit workout in college, or my first half Ironman triathlon race. I remember these workouts/races not because of how I felt that day, but because how I felt in the days to follow. During that time, I was so sore that even rolling over to turn my alarm clock off was difficult. This pain wasn’t a result of a poor night's sleep, it was DOMS-Delayed onset muscle soreness.

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Topics: S+C, Recovery

Swim Clubs Turn to In-House Dryland Specialists Empowered by Technology

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Mar 28, 2017 10:30:00 AM

For many swim clubs, having a dedicated, swim-specific strength trainer on hand is not within their budget constraints. However, with the power of technology, such as the BridgeAthletic platform, age group swim coaches are fit to perform the role of dryland coach in lieu of a formal strength trainer. Club head coaches often express that their athletes are so used to hearing their coaching instructions in the pool that it helps to have a “3rd party” strength coach with their athletes. That’s why so many clubs are giving the task of dedicated dryland specialist to one of their in-house assistant coaches, maintaining the important close athlete-coaching staff relationship while avoiding the need for expensive external strength trainers.

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Topics: S+C, Swimming

The Athlete Interface- Smooth Training in Person or Remote

Posted by Nick Folker on Mar 28, 2017 10:24:17 AM

 

Engagement and communication are two factors of strength and conditioning training that can quickly impede an otherwise successful plan. Maintaining a steady stream of athlete engagement can be challenging even at the highest levels. The school year delivers never-ending schedule conflicts and stressors to young athletes, while the off season and distraction of the summer months can cause an equally frustrating lack of enthusiasm. Similarly, communicating the purpose for your plan and the importance of compliance and engagement can be incredibly difficult given these complications and disruptions. With an app to seamlessly log, track and communicate their progress directly from their mobile devices, athletes training with BridgeAthletic are able to engage with their training on their schedule wherever they are, improving compliance and excitement.

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Topics: S+C, Travel, Product Features

The Importance of Core Stability in Athletes | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Mar 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The ever popular idea of maintaining good “core strength” can be extremely beneficial to athletes—that is, if we understand everything pertaining to “the core” and how that strength can help you in your athletic endeavors. Before we delve into the advantages of core strength and stability, let’s answer the primary question: what is the core?

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Topics: S+C