By WIN Contributor: Scott Paul, Personal Trainer
Some in-in out-out’s on the agility ladder. Or how about a couple sets of squats combined with squat on a bosu ball, to fatigue the larger muscles, so that the stabilizer muscles get some work. Maybe a few sprints at the beginning of he workout. And not the ones at the end of a workout...you know, the ones where you are exhausted and you still have to run them.
These are just a few examples of some of the programming I have for the athletes I train... from hockey players, to soccer players, to even a jockey from Fort Erie. What people may get confused about is that these are the same sort of things they see themselves doing at WIN.
“But how can an athlete be doing the same stuff as me?” That is a very good question and one that I have an answer for!
The exercises that athletes perform have different levels of intensity, different levels of duration and different levels of speed. The many different exercises are for a certain purpose. Maybe it’s to add strength to gain an edge on their competition. Or maybe they need to improve their foot speed, or agility.
Whatever the case, don’t you think you’d feel a little better if you gained a little strength and were able open that jar of pickles?
Or perhaps, you gained some speed and agility and then you could run for that ball in your weekly tennis game and return it with ease or something as simple as playing with your young grand kids?
Maybe you even improved your flexibility, core strength and posture and could bend over, pick up a bag of potatoes and not feel like you just tried to deadlift 500lbs!
Athletes train hard for their respective sports, but there is no reason you can’t train hard for your sport, too. The sport of LIFE!
Jumping, balance, core strength, power and speed are some pieces of a puzzle that athletes need to make their game better and achieve the next level. They are also pieces of a puzzle that, once put together, can make you achieve anything!