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  • The Checklist vs Opportunity Mindset

    The Checklist vs Opportunity Mindset

    In an era where we always seem to have too much to do and not enough time to do it, the satisfaction of getting things done in and of itself can feel like a great accomplishment. This is what I'd call the 'Checklist Mindset'. So long as that task is complete, and it wasn't done in a clearly unsatisfactory way, it gets checked off and we move on to the next task on the list. This works fine for some tasks, like filling your car with gas, mowing the lawn, or brushing your teeth. For those tasks that may require more focus or effort, falling into the trap of a checklist mindset can hinder your development. Studying for a test, completing a project at work, and training for your sport are ....

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  • Transferable Strength Training for Athletes

    Transferable Strength Training for Athletes

    Strength training exercises can be classified into two categories for athletes - those that transfer to better performance in your sport, and those that do not. Athletes, quite obviously, want to focus on the first group. So how do we classify which exercises belong in each category? This is a critical question for athletes training to improve in their sport, because you want the time and energy you devote working out to actually, you know, help you play better. Too often training programs focus on weight room performance or conditioning only while losing track of the main goal of sport performance enhancement. It can be quite seductive to chase bigger numbers, bigger muscles or a ....

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  • The Best Way To Train For Your Upcoming Season

    The Best Way To Train For Your Upcoming Season

    With fall sports season rapidly approaching, many athletes are now working to prepare for that first August practice. There are so many elements of being 'in shape' for your sport that a workout can take many different forms. You could be focusing on any one or more of the following: - Speed - Strength - Mobility - Balance/Coordination/Athleticism - Conditioning - Core Stability - Explosive Power Although it would be wonderful to train for excellence in all those areas, the reality is we have limited time and energy to devote to our workouts. Especially since this list does not include sport skill development, jobs, academic demands, and all the other things that ....

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  • 3 Strength Training Mistakes For Athletes To Avoid

    3 Strength Training Mistakes For Athletes To Avoid

    In the past, strength training was something that was mostly used by football players as a development tool. Today, parents and coaches in every sport recognize its benefit in developing more successful athletes. The workout programs themselves come from a combination of different specialties - bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic lifting and functional athletic training are the four most common. Depending on who is designing the workout program, the strength training you do comes from one or more of these areas. With the understanding that no one workout program is perfect, there are many ways to properly develop an athlete's useful strength for their sport. And, of course, there are ....

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  • What Causes Knee Injuries?

    What Causes Knee Injuries?

    Knee injury rates for youth sports continue to rise, according to a 2018 study . The rehabilitation can take up to a year in some cases, leading to lost playing time and endless frustration for kids whose positive self-image may be strongly tied to their athletic performance. About half of these injuries occur due to contact (tackling, being bumped by another player, etc) and are very hard to avoid. Sometimes you just get hit the wrong way at the wrong time. However, more than half of the severe knee injuries reported came from non-contact events. An athlete simply lands the wrong way after jumping, or makes a cut and their knee buckles. It is those non-contact injuries that we ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint - Part 4 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 4 of 4

    In the final part of our Speed Training Blueprint, we touch on the four most critical technique areas for a young athlete to master. For anyone who wants to read Parts 1 - 3, you can go back and check them out here: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - A quick Google search of 'speed drills' or 'agility drills' reveals a very wide range of ideas that you could use to do technical work. How are you to make sense of all this information, or any others in a speed and ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint - Part 3 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 3 of 4

    Here in the 3rd installment of our Speed Training Blueprint, we'll cover some of the best ways athletes can develop speed on their own. In case you missed the first 2 parts of this series, you can go back and check them out here: Part 1 - Part 2 - Today, we want to focus on habits that athletes can do on a regular basis to raise their speed and agility potential. Just like we've seen our best hockey players shoot thousands of pucks on their own time, soccer players endlessly dribble in their yard (or in the house!), golfers hit shots in ....

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  • Summer 2019 Speed Clinics

    Summer 2019 Speed Clinics

    Join Us This Summer For A 3 Day Speed & Agility Clinic & Bring Your Game To The Next Level
    Power Source will run Speed & Agility Development Clinics in July 2019 for athletes ages 14 to 19, and for ages 10 to 14. No matter what your current speed or skill level, we can help you make improvements in your sprinting and cutting technique. For The Athlete Who Is Already Considered Fast For the athlete who is already quite fast compared to their peers, you may not feel like speed training can do anything for you. But the truly elite athlete is constantly looking for that edge, that advantage which helps them to not only stand out against average competition, but against the ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint - Part 2 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 2 of 4

    In the first part of this (now 4 part) series, we discussed the common misconceptions surrounding speed development. If you missed that, you can check it out here . This section will build the case that speed can be improved by breaking down all the elements that go into being a truly fast athlete. Those elements are:
    Total-body strength in relation to body mass
    Explosive power
    Core and hip stability
    Ankle Rigidity
    Proper sprinting and cutting mechanics Improvement in any of the following areas can lead to gains in speed. Developing all six areas, which a well-designed athletic development program should do for you, can lead to transformational change in time. So let's ....

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  • Speed Training Blueprint -  Part 1 of 4

    Speed Training Blueprint - Part 1 of 4

    This post is the start of a 5 part series on developing elite speed for sports. It is a skill that is highly coveted by coaches and scouts. We've all seen that more playing time, better scholarships and bigger contracts are given to players who are faster than their peers. And yet you see so few people focusing on it with their training. Athletes either just play their sport, lift, stretch, go for distance runs, or some combination of the above. I believe a big reason it isn't worked on often enough is because there are a series of myths surrounding speed development that cause most people to think it's a waste of time. Let's briefly look at each to understand why they may not be a ....

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