As we’ve written about before, getting young athletes involved in strength and conditioning has numerous benefits. That being said, one of the more difficult aspects of training young athletes is keeping them interested and excited to come to the gym to train. The best way to keep a young athlete coming back to the gym is to make it feel like play, while also improving their sport performance. Here are 5 drills to try with youth athletes to get them faster and stronger, while feeling like recess! Paloff ABCs Any paloff press
Delay Age-Related Decline with Speed Development Training Techniques for speed development can be employed by people of all ages, with minimal equipment, in order to boost overall physical health and delay age-related muscular changes. What is speed development? In simple terms, it is training to produce a maximal amount of force in a minimal amount of time. This type of training produces a different effect on the body compared to generating moderate force over a long-duration activity. As the human body ages, overall muscle mass declines, and fast-twitch muscle fiber declines more rapidly
Unfortunately for the average golfer, back pain is likely something that they’ll deal with at some point in their golfing lifecycle. Back pain doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s painful to a debilitating degree, but it can difficult to deal with regardless. As we all know it doesn’t take much the throw off your swing. Just being a couple dimples off-center face contact can have a dramatic effect on where the ball travels. Some mild tightness, or worse, sharp shooting pain, can certainly affect the way you move enough to throw
The pull-up is a challenging but beneficial vertical pulling exercise. Many people fall into the bad habit of trying to get as many done as they can without reaping the full benefits of the exercise because they allow their form to suffer. For a correct pull-up follow these tips: -Start just short of a dead hang, with the arms fully straight but not letting the shoulders shrug up toward the ears -Keep your core tight and avoid swinging as you pull up -Stick your chest out toward the bar and
The 1/2 Kneeling Landmine Press is an ideal alternative to overhead pressing, especially for anyone who struggles with maintaining neutral spinal posture. When done correctly it promotes good upward rotation of the scapula and lumbopelvic/anterior core control. To perform the Landmine Press correctly keep these cues in mind: -Squeeze your abs and the glute on the pressing side to stabilize the hips and lumbar spine -Start with some space between the elbow and the side, then press the bar up in a "Half U" pattern -Keep a neutral "double chin"
If you want to increase muscle size, you need to increase your training volume. There are many ways to do that for your shoulders, but I particularly like this one because when it's done correctly it not only helps with the gainz, but it does so without putting excessive strain on the rotator cuff and labrum and actually helps to stabilize the shoulders
When executed properly the lunge is a very beneficial single leg exercise that provides a challenge to even the strongest individuals. The dumbbell lunge challenges not only leg strength but also grip and core strength when done with heavy enough weights or for high enough reps. There's also a lateral hip stability element to the lunge in that it requires some balance side to side and gets some good eccentric glute activation on the lead leg when done under control and with the right amount of external rotation. We use
Sometimes keeping things simple is just what you need to make improvements. This version of the hurdle progression covers all of the basics for the developing athlete. The hurdle jump and stick will build explosiveness and help work on deceleration mechanics. The continuous hurdle jumps increase speed by decreasing ground contact time and improving the efficiency of the stretch shortening cycle. The change of direction hurdle jumps work on agility and body control and give our athletes a better sense of where their body is in space. Try them all
The Alternating DB Row allows you to work on a pulling pattern that increases time under tension for the muscle groups involved. This is very beneficial when working with people who are trying to overcome a kyphotic posture and need to work on scapular retraction. Tips: -Keep shoulder blades squeezed together at the top -Allow shoulder blade to protract (roll forward) as you reach -Maintain a tight lower back and slightly bent knee throughout the movement
Increase range of motion through the thoracic spine to help take stress off of the low back. Some people will feel the stretch from this exercise in their hips as well as their core. This exercise can be extrememly benficial for those who suffer from low back pain, shoulder pain due to lack of movement through their T-spine (mid to upper back), and for our golfers who want to be able to execute a better shoulder turn! Pair this with the Paloff Press with rotation to lock in your results!