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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...

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...

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...

Medicine Balls: Versatile Tools For Athletic Performance

The medicine ball is a great tool for the strength and conditioning of athletes. It’s extremely versatile, can be used almost anywhere, provides a great deal of variety to an athlete, and can be used to train almost all of the muscles of the body. This article is going to show you how it can be used to develop power, conditioning, and even sport skills.   Power Because medicine balls come in a variety of weights, they are ideal for...