Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In-Season Strength, Speed And Power Training

You need to do in-season strength, speed and power training! If you don't, you will wear down and lose power and explosiveness during a long season!

During in-season speed and power training, increases in strength and speed may still be needed (as in track and field). In other sports, such as baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse or football, strength and power needs to be maintained during the season.

Simply put, you don't won't to lose any of the hard-earned strength, power and speed you improved in your offseason program!

In general, a weekly training program that includes 1 strength, 1 speed and 1 plyometric workout during the season will maintain your strength and explosiveness for competition.

Your strength workout doesn't need to include "max out" lifting but should include full body strength training in the 8-10 repetition range for each exercise.

Your speed workout can also be as simple as running ten 60-yard sprints at maximum effort before practice. You should also perform all drills, scrimmages, plays, etc. at full speed. This way, you will continue sport specific speed training during the season.

Your plyometric workout should include exercises for your upper and lower body such as medicine ball throws, depth jumps, squat jumps, tuck jumps, etc. During the season, some coaches incorporate plyometric training into regular team practices.

Train like a champion during the season!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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