How to improve shoulder Function
This is a fairly typical coversation I have with random athletes in passing:
Me: “How Is your shoulder feeling?”
Random athlete: “Ah not that good, I haven’t been doing my foam rolling and stretches.”
Me: Insert shocked face/are you kidding me face here.
How do you improve your posture while sprinting? This is a common question and problem seen more and more with young athletes. Running with poor posture hinders an athlete’s ability to generate and apply force efficiently throughout their bodies; ultimately robbing them of speed and power. Correcting this issue is a little more complicated than it might seem.
Evaluating an athlete is much more than just testing their vertical and pro-agility. At 1RM Performance, we have a very detailed way of evaluating our athletes. In 1 hour, we can figure out if an athlete has imbalances, mobility issues, strength issues, power issues or speed issues. Is it the best way of judging an athletes's abilities? I can't say 100% yes, but we have figured out a pretty sweet way to take our athletes to the next level and have concrete numbers to show their gains.
How do you best improve your sport spefic speed? How can an athlete look flawless in speed and agility drills, but look terrible when he or she is in a game time situation? The answer is simple, their brains!
What is life really like as a strength coach? Imagine, being judged everyday of your life. Imagine having coaches, parents, and athletes placing their future career in your hands. With so many eyes on you, you are given a platform to create a monster, be a role model, create bonds and relationships that will last forever, and improve a kids character and work ethic. Personally, I don't think I was meant to be anything else in life! This article is meant to give you an inside look at the hours spent working with athletes.
Recently, I was teaching a baseball player how to do a back squat. I began explaining the normal cues I give to my athlete, and then something incredible happened. This athlete did something I never imagined seeing. I gave the cue, get your head under the bar and walk back. So he literally tries to stand up with his head under the bar, with his hands assisting it as it rested upon his head. I immediately told him to stop, and then proceeded to crack up with the athlete and his dad. The thing is, he did exactly as I told him to do, just took it very literally.
As a volleyball player, how do you actually hit the ball harder? It's a great question and actually is more difficult to answer then I expected. I was asked this question by one of the best, most technical volleyball coaches in San Diego. His thought was that if we increased core strength, then our volleyball athletes would hit harder. However, we are going to take a look at how core stability plays a role in hitting harder.
Using Tempo as a Training Variable
Based on current training models, a set 1-3 is associated with training for power, a set of 3-5 is associated with training for strength, sets of 6-8 hypertrophy, and anything greater than that you are training for muscular endurance. Now let’s call an apple an orange, and would it be possible for a set of 6 to actually illicit 3 separate training effects? In other words, is it possible that a set 6 reps can 3 seperate training effects? The answer is yes. Let’s welcome the training variable TEMPO to the conversation.
How can I get faster? This is one of the most common questions we get asked at 1RM Performance. Let’s be real for a second, speed kills. Parents know it, athletes know it, and strength coaches know it. The trick is figuring out the best way to make an athlete faster.