Are your athletes getting faster or are they just getting better at your drills? In the world of sports development and enhancement, we’re constantly inundated with equipment dealers peddling every imaginable “speed development” product known to man. Many of these products claim to make your athlete faster, and in many cases, they will.
The purpose of this article is to separate fact from fiction. I will give you some insight into how to ensure that your training is actually benefiting your athletes, not just getting them better at your drills.
1. Speed ladder
We’ve all seen the speed ladder. They’re in every equipment dealers’ catalog and have been a staple in every high school coach’s weight room since 1220 BC. Honestly, my first thought when I look at this piece of equipment is that it works a very small movement pattern. Seriously, which sport moves in a twelve-inch by twelve-inch square? However, because I’m always looking for new ways to challenge my athletes, I figured I would look for a way to implement it in my program (I got one for free). Continue With The Awesomeness...
When a potential client walks through my door, the first thing I do is an evaluation. During this evaluation, we do a FMS, PAR-Q, and set goals. During the goal setting part, I usually try to dig a little into their motivation behind starting a fitness program. Why did they call me? Not just me personally, but why did they decide to try fitness in general? Why now?
In the industry, we have what’s called a “triggering event”. A triggering event is one, singular thing that made the person decide to get up and get started. It’s that “OH, S**T!!” moment. Sometimes it’s a pair of pants that don’t fit. Sometimes it’s a relative passing from a preventable illness. And sometimes, it can be a doctor telling them they better do something. Regardless, everyone has a triggering event. What was yours? Continue With The Awesomeness...
It’s pretty common to hear some uneducated trainers tell their clients they need to “inhale on the way down, and exhale on the way up”. The thought behind this is they will better be able to control blood pressure during the lift and lower the risk of a cardiovascular event during exercise. Here’s the problem, when you exhale during a lift, you destabilize the spine and other structures surrounding the torso. This makes you weaker and way more susceptible to an orthopedic injury. The practitioners who perpetuate this myth are both overestimating the occurrence of cardiovascular events in exercise and underestimating the occurrence of orthopedic injuries and exercise. People are much, much more likely to suffer an orthopedic injury than a cardiovascular one. Matter fact, the CDC states that you are 94 times more likely to suffer an orthopedic injury in sports than a cardiovascular injury. Keep in mind this statistic was including all sports, not just lifting weights. Continue With The Awesomeness...
Nunn’s Performance Training is proud to announce its first open to the public fitness competition. We’ve actually done this event for about three years now and it was just open to members and friends, however this year, we are making it open to the masses! The goal of this competition is to find the FITTEST man and woman. The person who wins will have to demonstrate absolute strength, relative strength, conditioning, and speed. There’s $700 in prize money for the persons who are up for the challenge!
I recently got the opportunity to attend Perform Better’s Three Day Summit. I was a little nervous to get started but once we were there and underway, I was too busy to be nervous! To say I learned a lot is an understatement and it was a great, informative weekend. Here’s what happened!
Oh The Brain Workout
Alwyn Cosgrove – Training the Executive Athlete
Alwyn started off my conference experience and, after reading many of his articles online, it was awesome to hear him finally speak. The ‘executive athlete’ that he refers to is anyone who used to be an athlete or who use to be fit and wants be that again. Those people can come to your gym already in shape and wanting to take it to the next level or it could be a fat loss client that needs a new challenge or goal.
This past weekend, Kristin and I attended the annual Perform Better Summit in Chicago. It was very informative, but like many of these, it’s kind of like drinking out of a fire hose with the amount of information given. Here’s how it went:
Here’s five reasons you aren’t getting where you want to be:
1. You Have Training Schizophrenia
Do you jump from program to program every month? How about every quarter? If so, you may have training schizophrenia. For a plan to work, you have to stick to it FOR A LONG TIME. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same sets and rep scheme or even exercises for a year, it just means that you must have a general philosophy throughout. Whether you goals are fat loss, strength training, or bodybuilding, find a program that works and do it into the dirt. See if things don’t just magically workout.
2. You’re Not Actually Doing A Program
Not doing a program is just as bad as having training schizophrenia. If you don’t at least have an idea of what you’ll be doing in the gym today, this week, or this month then you don’t have a program. You’re just exercising with no direction. Again, find a program. Stick to it. Continue With The Awesomeness...
This past Saturday I traveled up to Wixom, Michigan to attend the Football Strong Clinic Ron McKeefery and Jim Kielbaso put on. It was a fantastic clinic with some good speakers that were willing to not only talk in-depth about their programs but stay after and “talk shop” with the attendees. In this post, I’ll give an outline of some of the takeaway messages I got from each presentation. Continue With The Awesomeness...
To many fitness goers the terms training and exercising may seem interchangeable. The fact is they are fundamentally different ways to look at fitness. Let’s take a little look at what they are.
What Is Exercise?
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines exercise as an “activity requiring physical effort, carried out asp. to sustain or improve health and fitness.” Sounds pretty generic right? That’s because “exercise” is a general term. To me, exercise is synonymous with activity. Exercise is just something you to move or “get out of the house”. Things like attending an aerobics class at the gym, hiking, walking, going dancing, playing catch, or playing a pickup basketball game.
The only goal of exercise is the activity itself, nothing more.
There’s nothing wrong with exercising, but if you have a specific goal, you may need something a little more than just moving around. Continue With The Awesomeness...
”I have lost 47 pounds in the last year and dropped from a generous size 16 to generous size 12. I have been able to discontinue my blood pressure medication and I am stronger and more active.” – Susie
“Jp is very happy and excited of his gains and feels his play also has seen huge improvement. This is part of the fuel that keeps him fired up not to miss – his belief in the effect Jason has had on him for his improvement. I feel he loves the athletic atmosphere as well. Everyone is serious to help him achieve his goals.” – JP