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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...

Use High Intensity Interval Training For Basketball Success

Basketball has seen an explosion of the use of sport science over the last five years. It’s not unusual for athletes to be using heart rate monitors and GPS trackers to get a sense of how they move in games, how they react to those movements, and to help drive the designing of strength and conditioning programs. While this works great for professional athletes, the technology is frequently out of reach of most coaches.   Basketball is a challenging sport...

Battle/heavy ropes: Practice and research

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The use of heavy ropes in the conditioning of athletes has become very popular over the last decade. These are long, extra-thick, heavy ropes that are attached to a fixed point. The athlete performs a variety of exercises that are rhythmical in nature and that (in theory) work the majority of the muscles of the body. This makes them an ideal tool for metabolic conditioning, where the program needs to have a defined work to rest interval. In addition to...

You Need To Move To Burn Calories

Strength and conditioning professionals have been using “new” exercise modes in prehab, metabolic conditioning, and strength training workouts for a number of years now. Things like suspension training, kettlebells, strongman implements, and heavy (aka battling) ropes are common tools today. These newer exercises are an area where the research is far behind the practice of strength training.   Ratamess et al published a study looking at the metabolic responses of a number of exercises including free weight exercises, bodyweight exercises,...

Research On Heavy Ropes

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Heavy ropes are a training mode that many strength and conditioning coaches have been incorporating into the training of their athletes for several years now. They provide a total body exercise, they strengthen and improve the endurance of the core, are a metabolic conditioning tool, and make a great warm-up activity.   While this is a tool that is pretty extensively used, there has not been much research on it. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research recently published a...