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Recover Your Athletes with These 3 Tools

Adequate recovery is an essential part of training programs for every type of athlete. Use these three tools to recover your athletes!  1. Yoga Mats  Yoga has many benefits to athletes, such as improving flexibility and balance, while also being a great tool for recovery. Since athletes will be on the ground or shoeless for most of the yoga movements, having individual yoga mats creates a sturdy

2021-05-26T09:45:08-05:00By |

6 Hands and Feet Ladder Challenges

Agility ladders can be used in a variety of ways from agility work to strengthening muscles and joints. In this blog you will learn about six hands and feet challenges using agility ladders. 1. In-In-Out-Out-In-In with Hands and Feet Objective: To Move through a ladder with hands going in-in-out-out-in-in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZsVaWzVIo4&feature=emb_logo Fundamental Movement Skills: Non-LocomotorPush-up Equipment

2021-02-08T11:24:51-06:00By |

Medicine Balls: Choosing the Right One

Are you looking for ways to maximize power training for upper body and core? Ballistic training is the perfect way to do that. This type of training allows you to accelerate a load as fast as possible with no deceleration phase, allowing athletes to develop both power and speed-strength. Medicine balls are commonly used in

2021-01-20T14:17:57-06:00By |

6 Agility Ladder Challenges

Adding agility ladders to your fitness program can help improve athletes' quickness, coordination, and muscle activation. Here are six agility ladder challenges to add to your program. 1. Boxing Shuffle Objective: Two-foot jump inside the first rung, then outside, then into the second rung. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RkrAEy83zg&feature=emb_logo Fundamental Movement Skills: LocomotorJump Equipment List: Agility Ladder Setting Up:

2021-01-14T15:22:37-06:00By |

Transitioning Athletes to Off-Season or Winter Sports

https://youtu.be/qPU2p08aus4 The transition from fall to winter is upon us, but what does that mean for you? Here in the upper Midwest, it typically means you’re transitioning from football or volleyball to traditional winter sports like basketball or wrestling. However, we need to be prepared for two scenarios – athletes transitioning to a fall sport and those that are transitioning to an off-season. Keep reading for my ideas and suggestions for

2020-11-19T12:53:36-06:00By |

COVID and the Return to Training

The return to training and participating in high school athletics was welcomed by coaches, parents, and athletes this past summer. Several programs across the country opened their doors to eager students who were ready and willing to be around their peers and back into a training program. However, other programs, schools, and states have yet to resume in-person training and coaching.   After going through the

2020-11-12T09:13:18-06:00By |

3 Tools for Outdoor Training

https://youtu.be/7hc5Ox2fYcg Hey guys, it's Mike Piercy here from The Lab Performance and Sports Science here in Fairfield, New Jersey. I am coming to you with this month's Gopher Performance blog. This month what I want to talk about is outdoor training. Dealing with COVID and the difference pandemic issues wherever you are it might necessitate

2021-04-12T10:47:16-05:00By |

A Pandemic Silver Lining – A True Off-Season

https://youtu.be/6fdIQRdc_aM Hey, Jeff Reinardy here, head strength and conditioning coach at Winona State University. Look, we're still in the midst of this pandemic, and it's been long and it's been kind of a trudge, but it's time to see a little bit of silver lining. The silver lining is this - for many of us,

2020-09-16T10:44:59-05:00By |

The Only Squat Box Deserving Real Estate in Your Weight Room

The Gopher Combo Box The first squat box of its kind offers unrivaled versatility and durability. Perform maximal box squats, hip thrusts, step-ups, split squats, and a variety of accessory exercises with one universal solution. Built to Last This box will stand up to your toughest athletes and then some. Boasting uncompromising durability, it can

2020-07-23T14:03:29-05:00By |

Getting Back to Basics

https://youtu.be/uQAnFs7V7lo Hey, Jeff Reinardy here, Winona State University and today we're going to talk about, you know, getting back to basics. We're finally back at school, or we're getting there very shortly for most of us. Now, some of it's going to be hybrid some of it's going to be online but I know that

2020-08-27T13:58:12-05:00By |