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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....
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....
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....
Sled training is where it's at.
The sled is a fantastic tool that can be used to improve conditioning, build strength, and test your will power.
It's fair to say that
everybody has a major love/hate relationship with the sled. But in all honesty, I wish I had found this amazing performance tool earlier in my career. My first sled experience was definitely one of the most humbling experiences I've encountered in my athletic journey.
If you have ever used or heard stories about the sled then you understand what I'm talking about. There is a term called Prowler Flu (prowler is a specific type of sled) and the name speaks for itself - I've been hit with this bug on multiple occasions - bent over in exhaustion and heaving into a trash can. Yeah not fun.
It’s a wonderful time to be a young female athlete – especially a female soccer player. There are so many more opportunities to participate in soccer today compared to when I was growing up. No matter your age, where you live - there is a league, team, or school program to play on. Not to mention, there is unlimited access to watch professional players train and play live and via television.
Plus, there are amazing role models from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) our U.S. based professional league and U.S. Women’s National Team to be inspired by - like myself. ;) Subscribe to my newsletter here.
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If I had to choose one area in my training that made the biggest difference in enhancing my performance and keeping me injury free during my playing career it would be: single leg training.
Of course I think bilateral (performed on two legs) exercises like squatting and deadlifting are vital, I mean I didn’t get the nickname “Quadzilla” from watching the weights pick up themselves, but it was the single leg work that was the game changer.
Think about it, the majority of life is spent on one leg: walking, running, jumping, change of direction or cutting in sports all happen on one leg. Therefore it only makes sense to train on one leg....