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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...

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...

The Warm-Up: Important For Improved Performance

Warming up is an important aspect of any practice or workout and it’s also one that is frequently misunderstood. This post will give you some thoughts about how to construct an effective warm-up.   The textbooks divide warm-ups into two phases; a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. For me this is a little constraining. I like to think that a good warm-up has three parts; a rhythmic movement, dynamic flexibility exercises, and event-specific movements.   Rhythmic movement A good...

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

heavy rope training

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...