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Speed & Power Workout
By Patrick Beith

Speed and Power are the bread and butter of most sports. There are so many get quick ‘quick’ schemes out there for speed training it gets harder to tell what really works.

General Strength Circuits
By Patrick Beith

General Strength work will help maintain healthy joint and soft tissue strength, provide some aerobic capacity work, is a good recovery workout, is core strengthening, and helps enhances gross motor performance.

Exercises to Provide Power

When training speed, the glutes and hamstrings are the primary muscles used to generate the force and power required for success.

Killer Pillar
By Patrick Beith

I’m sure that you have heard how important abdominal work is for training speed, right?

Plyometric Power!
By Patrick Beith

Plyometric training is an excellent supplement to your speed, strength and power training program.

Olympic Lifting for Athletes – Made EASY!

By Patrick Beith

Strength training and power training are critical components to the success of any athlete competing in sports that rely on speed and power for success.

Olympic Lifting for Athletes – Power Clean
By Patrick Beith

It is extremely important that athletes perform the Olympic lifts correctly. This means teaching lifts through a progression designed to implement proper form.

Off Season Strengthening of the Sprinter and Jumper

By Lee Taft

It doesn’t take an expert coach to figure out the direction a track sprinter and jumper will travel. It is also fairly easy to understand that if sprinting and/or jumping straight ahead are the primary actions to becoming a better sprinter and jumper, then strengthening the muscles that allow the athlete to propel himself forward would be imperative.

Plyometric Training
By Boo Schexnayder

Plyometric Training is defined as training that improves the body’s ability to create force using the stretch reflex of muscle tissue. Normally these are jumping exercises, but many other types of training such as sprinting and throwing routines have a large plyometric effect.

How to Do Warm-Up Complexes Olympic Style

By Alfonso “Trey” Zepeda III

There are a lot of coaches and athletes who avoid this form of training, due to the learning curve being ‘too difficult’. Keep in mind the simple fact that weightlifters have always demonstrated more power than most species on earth. Olympic Style Weightlifters are great examples of those who demonstrate athletic POWER.

Strength Training Program for High School Throwers

By Ray Wilks

Coach Wilks’ strength training program that he uses with his extrememly successful high school athletes.

Medicine Ball Exercises for Strength and Power

Speed, strength and power is vital to the success of ALL track and field athletes whether competing in the sprints, jumps, throws or endurance events. Medicine ball exercises are an interactive and fun method of training that athletes always enjoy.

Top Ten And-A-Half Training Tips for Martial Arts Conditioning
By Alwyn Cosgrove

Alwyn Cosgrove’s 10 best training tips and guidelines for martial arts and other combat athletes that will guarantee success in your sport.

Core Training for Martial Artists
By Alwyn Cosgrove

The ability to generate force in your kicks, punches and throws comes from your midsection and the key to generating this power is having a strong core.

Training to Failure
By Matt Phelps

Strength coaches are putting way too much of a negative emphasis on, or should I say, throwing the term “failure” around WAY too loosely. Now, as strength and conditioning professionals, we all know that in order to make gains, progression needs to be applied in order to get bigger and stronger and what does this imply?

The Quest for Speed – Improving Strength

By Zach Even-Esh

There are many ways to improve the speed of an athlete, but, one of the most overlooked and underrated factors for improving the speed of an athlete is to simply get them stronger!

Accommodating Resistance Training
By Jason Shea

Accommodating Resistance and Accentuation for Increased Power. In the world of strength and conditioning and performance enhancement, scientific research findings are vastly improving training methodologies program models, and equipment design.

Performance Training – Hop & Stop Test

By Jeremy Boone

Field and court based speed development programs usually focus on a player’s ability to start, in other words produce force. This is then supported in the weight room for strength development with practically all of the exercises focusing on this same quality of force production.

The Use of Resistive Bands for Hip Mobility Warm-Ups
By Andy Ford

In getting my athletes ready for a sports speed workout, I have found that prepping their hips with various movements and exercises with a lateral resistor band is a fast and very effective way to accomplish this issue.

Keys to Developing Maximal Strength and Power

There is a ceiling where progress will stop if an athlete does not actively develop physical strength. Simply put, ‘strength’ can be defined as an ability to produce force (Siff 2001). But strength is one of those terms we frequently use as an umbrella term to describe it’s many varied functions.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Intensive Training
By Mike Boyle

The purpose of this article is to get into the nuts and bolts of designing a new training program. The reality is that team sports require a consistent pattern of concurrent periodization. All types of training methods are concurrently used to improve speed and power, which is the obvious end goal in team sports.

Should Sprinting and Jumping Athletes Use Plyometrics?
By Keats Snideman

Probably one of the most commonly used (and abused) methods of performance enhancement for sprinters and indeed all running and jumping athletes is .plyometrics. Plyometrics can be defined as movements that involve fast eccentric muscle actions followed by dynamic and explosive concentric actions.

Overcoming the Strength Plateau
By Mickey Marotti

University of Florida’s Director of Strength & Conditioning, describes in detail, how to overcome strength training plateaus. We have all hit periods in our training where our progress seems to stop, so Coach Marotti gives you his techniques that can be used to alter your workouts and stove-off plateaus.

Chains and Bands for Explosive Power
By Darryn Fiske

Chains and bands are used in all of our training at St. Bonaventure University. After listening to Louie Simmons, owner of Westside Barbell in Ohio and one of the most sought after speakers on the concept of strength training in the world, his presentation on the concept of using chains and bands to help build explosive power in our athletes’ lifts struck a major chord with us.

Vertical Jump Training

By Michael Harper

Why is the vertical jump test seen as such an important test for measuring athletic performance? The vertical jump test is a measure of anaerobic muscular power or high-speed muscular strength.

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