Retiring from sport can be extremely difficult – not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint as well.
For many of us, our identities are wrapped up in the sport we play. I know for me I got a real sense of fulfillment and purpose from soccer. And, I was scared to lose that once I hung up my boots.
I know I’m not alone in this fear as I receive questions from former teammates frequently like “How am I going to remain athletic?”, “How am I going to stay fit?” “What’s my training routine going to look like without the structure of a team?”...
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 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. ...
This past year and a half my training in the gym has been somewhat of an experiment. After years of intense conditioning and focusing on one goal, I was eager to switch gears and experiment with some different training methods.
I dabbled in everything from powerbuilding (a combination of powerlifting and bodybuilding) to bodyweight-only training to physique based training. And, while I enjoyed the exposure to these various methods I was always left feeling somewhat unfulfilled as none of them felt like a balanced combination of strength training and conditioning....
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....