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Getting In Shape For Sports

Metabolic conditioning has been a big buzz word the last few years in the strength and conditioning field. In general, there are three purposes for metabolic conditioning: Getting in shape for the sport: This is what most strength and conditioning coaches are going to think of. In other words, we’re using the training sessions to develop the energy pathways that the athletes will be using in the sport using similar work:rest patterns that the athletes experience in game situations. Getting...

Power Training: Critical But Keep It In Perspective

For me, power is about the ability to express force quickly. I understand there are better definitions out there, but this is how I explain it to my athletes. Sometimes the purpose of a textbook writer is to classify things in new ways so that you purchase their book. If you consider power in light of that definition, then it is critical to the success of just about every type of athlete.   There are a lot of great gadgets...

Vacation: Not Just A Time To Get Fat

Vacation is a great time to get away, get some rest and relaxation, and get your mind right. It’s also a great time for an athlete to give their joints and muscles a chance to recover, to eat too much, drink too much, and make some other poor lifestyle choices that we would not ordinarily make.   People engaged in serious training should take the opportunity to get away from the weights while on vacation. This is a great time...

Interval Training: Better For Athletes?

There are a number of popular approaches for aerobic exercise training. The other day I was approached by a soccer strength and conditioning coach about my thoughts of aerobic training and soccer. I told him that, while there are others, the two major approaches to aerobic exercise training involve long slow distance training (LSD) and interval training.   LSD involves a lower intensity and, as a result, can be performed for a long time. This is about building an aerobic...

Conditioning Needs To Address The Athlete’s Needs

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Metabolic conditioning can be a tricky quality to develop with athletes.  Too often we look at this as either long, slow distance aerobic training or we look at it as thrashing the athletes for a gut check.  The challenge is that if we don’t put together the program in a way to address the needs of the athlete relative to how he or she experiences the sport then we have done them a disservice. In the February issue of the...