What is Core Training?

Core training consists of conditioning the network of muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles help control movement, transfer energy, shift body weight, and move in any direction. A strong core provides: A stable starting point for almost all athletic movementsAn improvement in the body’s

2021-11-05T15:37:02-05:00By |

Why You Should Incorporate Dumbbell Training into Your Fitness Program

A tried and true staple of free-weight training, a dumbbell is the most trusted fitness tools for training total-body strength and muscle endurance. Dumbbell Cardio Training Popularized by step aerobics workouts, dumbbells are the safest equipment for enhancing high-repetition exercises. Their one-piece security gives the user control during dynamic movements and quicker motions such as

2021-10-28T16:27:32-05:00By |

3 Ways to Incorporate Agility Training Into Your Fitness Program

Agility refers to an individual's ability to rapidly change directions without the loss of speed, balance, or body control. The purpose of agility training is to improve an individual's ability to react suddenly and to change direction quickly during athletic events and other physical activities. The Benefits The benefits of agility training contribute to overall

2021-10-28T10:51:47-05:00By |

Why CrossFit Will Improve Athletic Performance

CrossFit can be defined as functional training at high intensity. It incorporates a lot of bodyweight and gymnastics movements with weightlifting and cardiovascular conditioning in a variety of workouts. All those same movements and conditioning exercises can benefit high school athletes by improving their performance. We had the pleasure of talking with Amie Chambers, Owner

2021-06-18T12:42:31-05:00By |

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. 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. 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 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 |