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Top 5 Keys to Transferring the Weight Room to the Playing Field

As strength coaches, we are always looking for the best ways to help our athletes get faster and stronger. We are constantly reading the latest articles and blogs, attending the newest certification courses and hunting for the best new tools to push our athletes to the next levels of performance greatness. However, that will mean

2019-05-20T10:31:25-05:00By |

Training for Power: A Closer Look at the Process.

Training for power is usually one of the main goals for any strength & conditioning program. But what does that really mean? In its simplest terms, power = force x velocity (or in other terms, strength x speed). Applied to strength and conditioning, power is the amount of force you can transfer to an object,

2018-08-23T16:26:40-05:00By |

4 Expert Tips to Develop Power in your High School Weight Room

There is only one way to sprint, and that is fast. Training for Power in the weight room follows that analogy. To develop power you have to train fast. This analogy is also about recovery. To train for speed, do fewer reps with full recovery between sets. The same goes for lifting. To train for

2018-12-10T17:07:19-05:00By |

Ballistic Training: The Best Method to Develop Athletic Power

At Higher Power Training, we literally go ballistic over balls. We have a lot of balls at HPT, and med balls that go from 5 to 100 pounds. We have med balls that bounce, med balls that don’t, med balls on ropes and med balls with handles. Why so many balls?  Because when you throw

2019-09-17T09:51:57-05:00By |

Nutrition Talk – Proper Nutrition for Athletic Performance [Video]

Having sound principles of nutrition can have a large impact on the performance and recovery for your athletes. Typically, we want our athletes to be stronger, faster, and more explosive. A part of this is being properly fueled for athletic performance and having a leaner (more muscle, less fat) physique. Educating our athletes about what

2019-05-20T09:22:40-05:00By |

Agility Training Components and Drills

As fans of sports and coaches of athletes, we tune in daily to see amazing feats of athleticism. However, agility is a major contributor to these “feats”. There are three important agility training components: acceleration, deceleration, and balance. The athlete’s ability to accelerate and decelerate both linearly and laterally is necessary to compete and excel

2019-05-23T11:36:21-05:00By |

Agility vs. Change of Direction [Video]

One of the hot topics in the world of strength & conditioning and sports performance is how to actually train for improving agility. The debate comes down to the definition of agility and how it differs from change of direction, and ultimately what you are actually training. There is one significant difference between the two

2018-07-24T15:09:05-05:00By |

Programming Agility Drills for Your Teams

Recently I had the opportunity to work with a freshman team sports physical education class.  I don’t remember what our first unit was, but I remember what I did on day one.  I started with agility drills.  If we were going to be teaching a group of youngsters how to play sports, we had better

2019-05-23T12:02:55-05:00By |

Speed Development: The Role of Your Arms and Hands

In every sport played on two feet, there is always a need for speed.  Some individuals are born fast, with beautiful technique, but most of us can improve our speed with some good coaching.  Today we are looking at the role the arm and hands play in speed development.  These tips can be used on

2018-06-18T15:29:20-05:00By |

Box Squats for Developing Technique and Power

Aside from performing the box squat to reinforce good squatting technique, the exercise itself has restorative qualities. It allows an athlete to squat twice a week without causing over-training or overuse injuries because the exercise is performed with a sub-maximal load (50-75% of 1 repetition maximum). Another advantage the box squat provides is the athlete

2019-05-23T12:10:03-05:00By |