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Do We Even Need To Train Agility?

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Are speed, power, and agility different physical abilities? If they are, do they need to be tested and trained with different exercises? Does this change with different levels of athletes? In other words, are younger athletes more general than more elite and experienced athletes?   Negra et al published a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that attempted to answer some of these questions with younger athletes. In their study they examined almost 190 Tunisian soccer and...

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...

The Squat And Sprinting

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  In a previous post ( http://www.cissik.com/blog/2016/05/athletes-need-to-squat/ ), I touched on the importance of the squat exercise for athletes. Continuing with this thought, Styles et al, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, conducted a study to examine if improvements in squat strength led to an increase in short (5-20 meter) sprint performance.   The authors studied 17 elite professional soccer players (mean age around 18 years old, mean back squats over 165% of body weight). The athletes trained...

Keep Testing Simple

With sports, testing has two primary purposes. The first is to assess the effectiveness of the strength and conditioning program. The second is to help select who is going to play at what level.   It is very important to assess the effectiveness of the strength and conditioning program. If the athletes are not becoming stronger, faster, better conditioned, and peaking at the correct time then it indicates that something has to change in the program. This is really important...

Speed Training For The Non-Elite Athlete: A Rant

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There’s been a lot over the years about speed and agility tools. Along with the internet has been a proliferation of specialized sports training facilities, experts, translated Soviet-era material, and equipment companies. All of this can leave a coach extremely confused about how to approach speed and agility. This post is going to be controversial in that I’m going to make some recommendations of do’s and do not’s for a coach with regards to speed and agility.   First, let...