Lets face it. The Kettlebell Swing is a killer exercise. And, when I say killer I mean the benefits of the swing are endless.
I can't think of another "all in one" exercise that helps:
- Builds overall athleticism and strength
- Improves conditioning
- Targets your posterior chain (backside of your body) - I mean who doesn't need/want a bigger, stronger booty?
- Is a viable alternative for the Olympic lifts
All of this awesomeness in one exercise has athletes wanting to jump right in and get to swinging. The reality is though, that many aren't prepared to perform the swing right off the bat....
I have always been a fan of core training – during my playing days and now as a coach.
And, no, I'm not talking about sit-ups and crunches. (Alright, I'm sure there was a time when I would get down with some crunches, but my knowledge/approach has evolved.)
I think we can all agree there's a ton of core exercises that give you way more bang for your buck than the traditional sit-ups and crunches. Reason being, everything in sport comes from the core.
In soccer specifically, striking the ball, holding off defenders, sprinting/running – every movement that generates power starts with the core....
If you look at the word BASICSKILL
what do you do see?
I stole this from Beyond Strength Performance owner and coach, Chris Merritt.
Clearly he's a genius.
And, this play on words is genius too. We often mistake the basics for "simple" and "easy" and this couldn't be further from the truth....
How do you deem your training sessions successful?
Are you an athlete that needs to be bent over, dripping with sweat every session in order to feel like you accomplished something or are you following a program where there are waves in your training - intense sessions followed by lower intensity sessions that keep you healthy and resilient over the long haul?
My hope is that your answer is the latter.
However, far too often, most athletes fall into the trap of more and high intensity is better.
Unfortunately this approach is not sustainable. And, while periods of high intensity work is absolutely needed, it can't be the only aspect of your conditioning....
When I first attempted the Turkish Get-up (TGU) I was not a fan. It can be a complicated exercise and has a ton of working parts. And, when I heard a famed strength and conditioning coach say, "If I have to teach someone to get up off the ground....then we really have problems."
I laughed and kind of agreed at the time.
However, when I took the RKC Level 1 Certification last month, my opinion changed completely and I have since learned to love the TGU....
I am a big of fan of single leg training and believe it should be a staple in all programs. One of my favorite single leg exercises is the single leg RDL. It offers a host of benefits such as single leg strength and stability and most importantly it targets the posterior chain or in other words the hamstrings and glutes.
However, mastering this exercise can be difficult and takes time and practice.
Here are two drills that will help you clean up you technique. ...
Soccer season is here.
Okay let’s be honest soccer season is always here. There isn’t much of an off-season for young athletes these days.
Most athletes are starting school and playing either club soccer or high school and some may be involved in both.
However you want to look at it it’s a busy time of year. Here are 4 tips to ensuring you stay healthy and dominate the Fall season....
Fundamentals are the foundation to everything.
No matter what sport you play - basketball, hockey, or soccer – fundamentals are the building blocks to improving performance.
With soccer, specifically, it is important to focus on mastering passing, receiving, dribbling, and shooting, as these skills are directly transferable to the game.
Some of my fondest memories during my playing days are when Becky Sauerbrunn and I were training partners. We would train together every day during our off-times with the women’s national team. These sessions had a singular focus - our common goal was to master the basics and the areas that would have the most carry over to elevate our game....
Photo Credit: Cressey Sports Performance
Want to be a better athlete - a better soccer player, perhaps? Want to stay healthy, injury-free for the long haul? Perform better on and off the field?
If you answered yes to one of those questions - then a proper warm-up is vital.
The primary goal for training is not only to improve performance, but to stay healthy while you're doing it.
As the above quote, "Durability is more important than ability" states, no matter what your goals are or how talented you are if you can't stay healthy and injury-free then it will be very challenging to reach these goals.
Too often though athletes/clients overlook their warm-up and leave out this vital training component. Whether it is not performing a warm-up at all or skimping through it with a few stretches here or there with no real direction - you're missing out on a critical component that can help take your performance to the next level....