Sport Specific Training.
There are certain types of drills and exercises that are useful for every sport. One example is provided by bodyweight exercises.
Most of these have been around for centuries.
In the old days, people believed that the body was the ultimate exercise tool because of what it was capable of using its own resistance.
These are still very good multi-purpose tools.
However, athletes in Downers Grove and throughout the rest of the United States face a challenge in their training that was unknown to ancient athletes.
We only have a very limited off-season in which to train. And just like Marines, “the more you train in peace, the less you bleed in war.”
Yes, there are many different exercises that are valuable to all athletes.
But all athletes should also be looking at ways that they can get a personalized training program that shows true value for them.
This is critical to absolute peak performance.
Sport Specific Training – Which Level Are You On?
There are three different levels of training, or three ways to look at training:
1) Universal Training Again, this consists of things like bodyweight exercises. All other factors being more or less equal, you’ll find that it is never a bad idea to throw in a few sets of these exercises. However, using them exclusively is more the domain of non-athletic fitness.
2) Sports-Level Training Training programs that are tailored to specific sports have been around for a long time now and have only become more professionalized. They give you the right blend of speed, power, agility, endurance and mental discipline for your sport.
3) Personalized Training This is the ultimate level that you want to get by combining the insights that you learn from the other two areas of training. Personalized training takes into account your own style so that you can reduce the odds of injury or other problems.
And finally, the fourth level that few athletes sustain for long:
4) Peak Training Peak training is the training that allows you to blast past the plateau and develop entirely new levels of performance for yourself. This usually happens after you have hit what seems to be the peak of your performance and need help going further.
Without sports specific training, you won’t be able to reach that peak.
You’ll be glad you did!
Jim and The CORE1 Crew