Most of us know that strength and conditioning can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reaching our fullest potential on
the field such as helping us run faster, jump higher, and reducing the likelihood of injury.
What isn't talked about as much, though, is the impact that strength and conditioning has beyond the field....
Every now and then I am amazed when our soccer players walk into Beyond Strength Performance proclaiming that their abs are sore because they finished soccer practice the night before with some “extra core” work.
And, by extra core work we're talking about crunches, sit-ups, and/or russian twists....
I'm heading back to DC this afternoon after five, awesome days in Seattle. I gave a speech on Saturday at the first annual, Seattle Ignited Women Project and then spent a few days hanging with my sister and brother in law.
I just finished making my way through some great reads from the past week - here are a few that I want to share with you....
In today's society that's filled with excess sitting and "social media gone wild" approach to life, many athletes have poor posture and an incredibly weak posterior chain - which is leading to the increase in injuries and the lack of confidence in athletic performance.
One exercise that can help combat these issues is the KB Swing.
However, there are a lot of working parts that need to be mastered in order to perform and experience all the benefits the KB Swing has to offer.
In Part 1 I go over three exercises that will help build a foundation and get you started down the path of mastery with this "biggest bang for your buck" exercise....
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....