Every athlete wants to be explosive,right?!?!?!
Of course they do. The problem lies in what it really takes in order to really get explosive. In this culture of always looking for the shortcut, a lot of athletes that are searching for explosive power are running into one and/or both of two major problems.
1. Skipping steps and not seeing the true power they want as an athlete.
2. Skipping steps and ending up injured whether in the weight room or on the field.
See the common thread? I thought so. SKIPPING STEPS.
Developing explosive power as an athlete is the culmination of all the work they put in in the weight room, on the track, in the pool, on the practice turf, etc.
Think about it. You can't count to 10 with 2-4-6-8-10. It doesn't work that way. The same thing goes in the training of athletes.
We see so many great videos of really cool looking exercises being performed by our favorite athletes, and the message that's getting sent out is that if you do this you'll play like him. WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! These videos don't show the attention to basic human movements, the slow, sometimes very frustrating progressions to more advanced lifts and heavier loads, varying speeds, etc.
It's not what a lot of people want to hear, but they have to understand that the training process is long and sometimes tedious. It's not making PR's on your lifts every week. It's setbacks and going to the edge of your abilities to promote more improved movements. It's focused on a longer training/competition cycle in order to maximize on the benefits.
The message here is look at the big picture first. What is the athlete's main goal? Secondarily the goal of the current training phase. Lastly the goals of TODAY'S session. Today's session can't be about a time limit to the workout, you have to meet the goal of the workout or you fall behind.
If you have any questions about Constant Motion Fitness Sports Training Cycles feel free to ask any time.
Constant Motion Athletics has been created in order to help coaches at all levels maximize the development of their athletes' performance. We've taken the bio-mechanical principles that govern performance on the field and developed methods to use strengthening and muscular adaptations in order to improve these skills. Running, jumping, throwing, kicking, hitting, braking, etc have all traditionally been coached by overloading the body with hundreds and thousands of repetitions of the action. Coaches standing to the side hollering instructions of what needs to be improved or modified. The biggest problem we see with that is; it doesn't help to tell an athlete to change a body movement or action if their body doesn't have the ability to do it.
How many times have you told a runner to get his knees up higher, or swing his arms harder or to swing their leg at the ground to strike the ground differently, only to see the athlete continue to do it the same way? Hundreds? Thousands? How many times has the athlete's response to the instructions been "I AM, COACH!"? Just as many, right? Why do you think that is? In many if not most cases, it's because they're not currently able to do what you've instructed them to do. Limitations in strength, range of motion, muscle activation, old injuries can impede their ability tot move the way you instruct them.
So how do we fix this? Through our in depth assessment, we're able to identify what's truly happening or more importantly, NOT happening and begin the process to see how to fix the issue. In many cases, it's simply a case of incorporating more specific strengthening protocols to allow the athlete to do what you need him/her to do. Other times, it could be from an injury or range of motion limitation and may require medical assistance. It's very important for us to understand the differences and know when to incorporate each technique and/or refer the athlete to a medical professional.
Joe holds a degree in engineering giving him a superior knowledge of force production and application as well as a talent for analyzing and adjusting movement patterns by modifying the way an athlete produces force for a particular movement. This combined with his ongoing education and experience with training athletes and human anatomy and bio-mechanics has helped him to assist many athletes to reach elite levels of performance for their age and ability level.