To keep things fresh and competitive during sessions we often will allow players to team up to hit some of our training challenges. In this Anaerobic Power training session, we use our 4 Mile Interval Workout (2 Half Miles, 4 Quarter Miles, 6 200 yd Runs and 8 100 yd sprints with brief 50-80 ydRead More
As we prepare for our pre-season (usually about 8 weeks prior to our season start date) we want to begin making a slow shift from our non-specific sprint training into our specific sprint training. We need to consider two key aspects when designing these drills.
What conditioning effect do we hope to achieve (max speed, repeatRead More
In week 5 of our off-season training program we finished up our pre-test sessions on speed, strength and fitness. Some have asked why we wait 4 weeks before starting our “pre-test” and the answer is simple. We have 200+ athletes walk show up week 1 of our off-season program, and many of them have notRead More
I have always wanted to look at the physical effects that a cold can have on performance. We see over 100 athletes every day in our facility, and during the winter months it seems like half of them are either getting a cold, have a cold or just getting over a cold. We try toRead More
In the past, we have put up several posts on ACL injury, rehab and risk reduction exercises, but I ran across a summary of research articles (Serpell, Scarvell, et al 3160-3176) compiled in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that I wanted to break down for you. The following is a brief breakdownRead More
One of the themes of the early off-season (usually a 1-3 week period) is to RESET OUR SYSTEM…
Resetting the system refers to taking a step back, revisiting some of the basics (mobility, form running, aerobic fitness, strength technique, etc.). We like to change up the program style (mixing the strength with various forms of fitness,
During the first week of November and the first week of June we start our Off-Season Program with our soccer players. We understand that some of them are still playing as the season tends to run year round, but this time is as good as any to set things up, build a base and refocusRead More
Right now we are testing over 1200 young players in an 8 year study on the natural rate of development. The current test (the fall post season) has given us a few things to think about as we begin to compare the results to our pre-test, 3 months ago. But in the grand scheme ofRead More
As we begin our post-season testing with over 1200 athletes, I wanted to take a few paragraphs to speak directly to our top rated athletes…
We have a hand full of players that have trained with us for several years. And over that time they have worked extremely hard to get to the top of our
Throwing med balls always seems to go hand in hand with power training. Exercises like shot tosses (pictured in the video below), scoop tosses, crunch throws, jump throws, chest passes and partner variations (mb tennis) have been used in our programs for years.
These activities build power in several ways:
Coordination: concentric synchronization of the lower bodyRead More