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Sports performance training is the physical and mental process of working toward specific athletic, performance or fitness goals through a regimented program. Research shows that to significantly improve sports performance, overall athleticism and physical ability, athletes must complete training sessions in addition to playing their sport. Training refers to the workouts, exercises and drills they perform outside of organized practices to improve their Strength, Speed, Conditioning and Flexibility, as well to rehab and prevent injury. Well-rounded programs also include Sports Psychology training. Maximize your sports performance with advice from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

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Why Most Sprint Drills Don't Make You Faster (And What to Do Instead)

When we think of speed training, what comes to mind? Quite often, it's about sprint drills and honing our running form. Speed ladders. Cone drills....

'Sport-Specific' Training May Not Be What You Think It Is

It seems that every time I open Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, I see some new "Expert Performance Coach" leading an athlete through what can best be ...

5 Soccer Training Drills Actually Worth Your Time

"Decelerate!" "Pump your arms!" "Sprint!" "Faster!" Ever heard a coach barking a rolling list of orders that actually made their players p...

KPIs: What They Are and Why They Matter for Athletes

The term key performance indicators (KPI) may sound like fancy strength and conditioning jargon, but they're really quite simple. In this context, ...

Are We Building Better Athletes or Just Weight Room All-Stars?

The field of strength and conditioning is at a pivotal fork in the road. In an industry obsessed with appearance and weight room PRs, every coach, ath...

Hack Squat: Upgrading the Old-School Strength Staple

The Barbell Hack Squat is an old-school strength exercise that's been around forever. Essentially a Deadlift that begins with the barbell behind your ...

Training a Team in the Weight Room? 5 Simple Hacks You Should Be Using

You can find several similarities between training the average person and training the competitive athlete. Since I'm a coach with experience in both ...

Want to Improve Your Lead Leg Block? Do This in the Gym

The lead leg block is an important key to throwing velocity for baseball pitchers. As the front foot strikes the ground, the linear momentum of the lo...

A Strength Coach's Job is Bigger Than One-Rep Maxes

Strength and conditioning coaches are often the ones who are screaming about "the process" and how important it is to stay the course. When it come...

How to Utilize Games to Accelerate Athletic Development

For years I've seen coaches and parents roll their eyes when I mention game play for better athletic performance on the field. No, I'm not talking ...

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