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Introduce New Training in the Off-Season
This is the latest research on resistance training (RT) and its impact on running performance.
The study found that one lower body RT session impairs sub-max running performance for several days post-exercise.
Why is this important? While your athletes might not be training for the next Ultra marathon, it could inform how you introduce new protocols across your training seasons. This research is among the many pointing to the importance of a 'transition' period between seasons, a topic we're focused on due to the latest NCAA guidelines.Read More
The NCAA guidelines are changing the way you communicate and track athletes. Want to ensure you’re taking the right approach to stay compliant? Here’s a breakdown of what the rules are, how to prepare your team and ways to ensure your technology is supporting your work.Read More
Subscribing to an online platform to help you build your strength training program is a great first step towards improving your workflow and empowering your team.Read More
S&C's Impact on US Rangers
This is the latest in a series of research (covered in previous editions of the PowerUp) that promotes the value of S&C for the tactical community.Read More
Performing with & without Equipment
Body Weight Workouts
Body weight workouts can be used as a way to take a break from a typical weight workout routine. This is also a great trend for building up your athlete's confidence to workout on his/her own. By going over simple, yet effective exercises consistently you can educate each on what to do when they are away from you.
These can be turned into pretty difficult workouts if your athlete needs more intensity. Adding in less rest can be a simple way to increase the intensity and keep their heart rate up.
Body weight workouts are also a tool to utilize for athletes that are coming off of an injury or for new athletes. This is the place where you get back to the fundamentals and really tune in on doing the movements properly.
Bring in the importance of body awareness when teaching movement. They should be aware of how their whole body is working together. Often times, when we are surrounded by weights we have the instinct to keep doing more. But more is not always better, especially if the quality of movement is lacking.
Movement is the building block for progress, so properly educate them on how to move well, and often.
Key Tip: "All great coaches keep it simple." - Michael Cazayoux
Focus on mastering the basic fundamentals. It is easy to get caught up in the newest trends and trying to stay on the cutting edge. But the basics are the core to all the movement progressions your athletes will be learning.
Don't get eager to jump to the next new thing and neglect mastering the basics.
Let's break this down a bit. What is functional training and why is it so popular? Great question.
Functional training puts an emphasis on movement quality over load and intensity. Just like Tanna Burge does when training athletes at Texas A&M.
"More isn't always better. It's just more. So make sure that what you're doing is really good quality. I would much rather have really solid quality of movement with a load on, than crappy movement quality with a high load, because then you start to get these wear and tear issues."
Group training is becoming more popular than ever before.
Speaking of bettering yourself as a coach and training your athletes more efficiently, let's talk about training athletes together. It can be difficult at times when some members are injured, or if your group is at different levels. Here are a few tips you might find helpful:
While premier training software is now acting as another assistant coach on the floor with you, the best tools also allow you to deliver individualized training days from 1 program. Meaning, build 1 plan for an entire team or group of athletes, all while knowing they'll each get their individual weight prescriptions. Individualization without wasting time. Checkmate.
Don't be fooled, when you use platforms like Bridge, you're not lacking individualized approaches, rather you're allowing yourself to spend more time on the floor with every athlete all while knowing their plans are automatically adapting to progress. One-on-one time with each athlete was one of AS Roma's biggest accomplishments after implementing an effective structure. Want to know why? Listen here to find out.
Using online training programs such as Bridge in this way makes it easy for unexpected changes. If an athlete gets injured or is sick you can quickly and easily make adjustments to their workout for the day or week. You can spend your time checking in with different athletes while making edits on the fly. Say goodbye to flipping through excel sheets to find what was done a few week's back. This can be especially handy come holiday season when you and your athletes are miles apart - everyone can still be working as if they never left the training center.
Managing Your Methodology
Let's turn to your methodology. Not sure if you have one? Trust us, you do, even if you don't know it yet. This is an area few systems can help you mold, but those that do are complete game changers.
For example, say you're on-boarding a new staff... stressful right? Leveraging systems that allow you to create a robust training structure, defined by your varying training cycles will help get everyone on one page must faster than your current model. Don't believe us, see how EXOS uses our system to enhance their education across 200+ sites globally.
Platforms like Bridge will not only allow you to build a complex training ecosystem, it will also make your life a lot easier. Think back to the last time you did have to onboard a new coach, especially one with little experience. Was it difficult to teach them about the movement modifications you prefer? If an athlete can't perform one level of an exercise, it can be difficult to know which replacement to leverage.
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Hot off the stove- our latest nutrition tips!
Nutrition is always a hot topic in performance because it is so important. With new fads coming in and people changing what fuels them we will cover all you need to know about pre and post-workout eating and everything else an athlete's body needs for optimal performance.Read More
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