Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Build Your Athletic Body With Time and Hard Work

There are no quick fixes for building your athletic body for sports competition! Steroids and growth hormone are just window-dressing for your body.

Trust me, your body will break down prematurely and you will have a host of other health-related issues with the use of steroids and growth hormone. It takes time and hard work to build an athletic body that will last through the years of grueling competition. Your athletic body will also benefit you after your playing days are over, if you build it the right way.

The three building blocks of integrated training for the athlete are:

STABILIZATION – Primary goals are to correct muscle imbalances, joint dysfunctions, postural distortion patterns, improve kinetic chain integrity and reconditioning/rehabilitation.

STRENGTH - Primary goals are to improve stabilization strength/endurance and increase muscle hypertrophy (growth) and strength.

POWER - Primary goals are to enhance neuromuscular efficiency, increase power production, increase speed strength and create neuromuscular adaptations throughout the entire range of motion.

All 7 phases within the 3 building blocks of training may not be necessary for all athletes. For example, some sports do not require optimum levels of muscle hypertrophy (growth).

The training program should be Multi-Planar (sagittal, frontal, transverse), Multi-Joint (exercises such as bench press, squats, lunges), Multi-Dimensional (stabilization, strength, power) , Proprioceptively Enriched (high neural demand) and Sport-Specific.

There are no shortcuts to building the athletic body you will need to compete!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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