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.
When Achilles was a little baby his mother dipped him into a river of magic in order to protect him from the world. It worked because Achilles could not be harmed except on the one heel that his mother neglected to submerge in the water because of where she held him when she dipped him into the water.
The key to acquiring physical prowess is making sure to train and become proficient with movements, as well as being able to resist movement at the right time as well. A well designed training plan can incorporate both of these scenarios and for the sake of today’s article it can be done with something as simple as a medicine ball.
So I’ve been a bit slow in getting this out, but it’s only because I’ve been slammed on both the training front and responding to huge email and social media inquiries regarding this book. If you’re just now tuning in and aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about I’ll catch you up to speed. Two weeks ago I was fortunate to be a part a huge project by becoming a contributing author to my friend Matt Bacak’s book Everyday Heroes 2.