Saturday, May 14, 2011

12 Steps to Become a Better Athlete

Make yourself a better athlete, a better player! Its up to you to do the hard work. It will pay off for you. If you're going to play, reach your full potential. It might lead you to the pro leagues!

Take these 12 Steps to Make Yourself a Better Athlete:

1. Core Exercises for Stabilization, Strength and Power. See this post.

2. Squats (2 legs and single leg) - Don't leave squats out of your workout!

3. Deadlift - The deadlift is one of the best full body exercises there is.

4. Clean and Hang - A great exercise because you execute the exercise from the same position that you jump from (or the power position).

5. Medicine Ball Throws and Chops - These exercises are great for full speed power exercises.

6. Multiplanar Lunges and Step Ups - These 1 legged exercises use the same pathways you use to run.

7. Hip Strength and Flexibility - You won't be a good athlete without well-conditioned and flexible hips.

8. Hamstring Flexibility and Strength Exercises - Hamstring conditioning and strength should be on-going.

9. Improve dynamic balance with 1 legged exercises and by training on different surfaces.

10. Squat Jumps, vertical jumps and long Jumps - These exercises will tell you how much leg power you have.

11. Ladder Drills, Cone Drills, Speed Drills and Bounding Drills.

12. Speed, speed and more speed! You have to continually improve your running speed to compete these days. Start by perfecting your running mechanics. Every coach is looking for faster players because it gives them an advantage over the competition.

Train hard and smart!

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