Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to do Offseason Training of Movements

Offseason training is when you as an athlete can make the greatest strength, speed and power improvements. Just remember to train for the sport you will play (train movements, not just muscles). Some call this sport-specific training.

Some traditional training techniques have not focused on sport specific training. For instance, bench pressing 500 pounds may not prepare you to play a sport.

One of the best physical predictors of success in sports is your "rate-of-force production" or how fast your muscles can produce force (power).

The number one reason that athlete's don't reach their power potential is a weak core area.

The saying "you are only as strong as your weakest link" is true in the case of the human body. The majority of powerful athletic movements are either initiated with or transfer through the body's core area. Many sports injuries can also be linked to a weak core area.

Here are 3 Top Athlete's Offseason Training Tips:

1. Your body needs to be stabilized and strengthened before progressing to high-speed power exercise programs. If this is not done, you are headed for certain injury when more intense exercises are introduced.

Many young athletes are progressed too fast by coaches/trainers to "more glamourous" plyometric exercises! Along the same lines, you should perform an exercise correctly before progressing to power exercises.

2. Most athletic core exercises should be performed in a standing position since most athletic movements are on your feet.

These exercises will also involve the important hip stabilizer muscles and not just the abdominals. A great full-body core exercise is the medicine ball soccer throw (pictured above).

3. The core exercises should be multi-planar, multi-dimensional and progressive. Many athletic movements involve twisting, rotating, turning, etc.

The exercises should also constantly challenge and improve (progressive) your athletic ability. Finally, the athletic training should target endurance, strength and power.

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  1. Hey hi..i just read your article. it's really informative. i think you done great work. Thank you for sharing such a nice information.


    1. Celina...thanks for reading Sports Fitness Hut!

  2. The first bit of advice is to consult an Athletic trainer and or Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach or go to a sports training center with certified fitness professionals.

  3. It was good to read your blog and it was wonderful to see your total dedication towards sports and athlete training. I would refer your blog to my cousin who is an athlete.
    Your Top 3 Athlete's Offseason Training Tips will be helpful to every athlete and would motivate them in there respective game.
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    1. Thank you Susan! Are you a sports therapist?


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