Monday, March 31, 2008

What Is SPARQ Training?

I'm sure you have seen the recent commercials touting the benefits of SPARQ Training. It is nothing new with regard to power training. See my article series on Power Training.

SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. It tests and rates a person's pure athletic ability. For instance, one athlete had an incredible total score of 103.89 on his SPARQ test. A very good score would be 100!


It is simply a scientific and comprehensive measure of athleticism. It is used by coaches and scouts to assess athletic ability for players in sports such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer. Any player can train to improve his or her athletic ability. Here is a breakdown of what is tested in a particular sport:

Baseball/Fastpitch Softball - vertical jump, 30 yard dash, rotational power ball throw and shuttle.

Basketball - one-step vertical jump, 20 meter dash, 30 second endurance jump, overhead power ball throw and agility cone drill.

Football - vertical jump, 40 yard dash, power ball throw and shuttle.

I can help you to start tailoring your training regimen to increase your sports power. More and more camps, coaches and scouts are adopting this impressive measurement tool. It is best to be ready for it.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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  1. Mark, great info. SPARQ is a great tool to assess your sport specific athleticism. SPARQ testing is a great starting point to identify the specific areas that need to be addressed in your sports performance training program. It is also a great motivator as your goal is to increase your score in each of the areas tested plus your overall SPARQ Rating.
    The football protocol has now changed. It no longer includes the bench press. The bench press has been replaced by the kneeling powerball throw.
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