To start I think you can agree that push up variations can be a huge asset to your training program, particularly if you need to be innovative due to a lack of equipment and resources. In addition to this push ups are pretty much inherently a combat and fight driven type of exercise. This can be easily observed in these relative training settings.
So lately I’ve been working hard to demonstrate to people the significance of dynamic strength drills and how they play such a huge role in not only building athleticism, but also in helping people to develop a truly optimal level of fitness. This can be communicated by looking at how the practice of martial arts has influenced this and how it has bled into the fitness community and helped to forge some of the fittest individuals the world has ever seen. If you don’t believe me then just take a look at Bruce Lee, or any high level MMA fighter for that matter. The proof is in the pudding.
As a strength and conditioning coach I notice the emphasis that many of my colleagues in the fitness biz like putting on strength and I enjoy doing much the same, however I’m also a big proponent in emphasizing the significance of conditioning as well…or more specifically what I refer to as athletic conditioning. Today’s post is about examining how the jump rope is way underrated in many strength and conditioning programs and why you should be utilizing this tool for your own conditioning time. What do you think?
I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have trained a variety of different athletes. When it comes to being able to compete and to get to the next level the only thing that separates the good from the great is doing just a little bit more. Of course in terms of training, fitness, and physical competition this is a challenge when you think your heart is going to beat out of your chest. It is without question the proverbial kick to the balls and it is what us strength coaches refer to as Physical Work Capacity.
I’m a big a believer in sprinting and sprint variation when it comes to conditioning and training the body for performance. In my experience the key to any successful strength and conditioning program involves moving with intention and purpose. As far as fine tuning the gait movement and working towards building on the skills of coordination and reaction time the agility ladder can be a valuable tool for us to employ to achieve this end.