Posts Tagged ‘athletic development’

Training tip: explosive intent

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The first time I squatted 180kg was two years ago with a belt and knee sleeves. I’ve been working through knee injuries these past few years and while I still must programme sensibly, I’m now in a position where I have an improved V02 max and an improved maximal back squat. One message I convey to all my athletes regarding improving athletic prowess is the intention to move their primary exercises as controlled yet fast as possible. Below is more recent video of my 180kg squat without any extra support, and its clear this isn’t a maximal lift for me anymore. In the pursuit of athletic development it’s important to be as forceful as possible when training with a barbell. In this example, you will see me accelerate the concentric portion of the lift through full range of motion, so much so that I do a small jump (admittedly, a very small jump) to finish the lift. I don’t often speak in generalisations; however, a good train of thought is to control the descent of a lift (such as bench or squat) and accelerate the ascent. Of course, the load will dictate how fast the bar-speed is but the emphasis is on ‘intent’.

Four Steps to Increase Athleticism

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Last year I wrote a series of articles titled ‘Athletic Development’. The series provides a guide to training with an emphasis on performance. If you are not an Olympian then the chances are you are not anywhere near your genetic athletic potential,  and while the series isn’t about taking an average Joe and turning him into Chris Hoy, it is about taking an individual and aiding their knowledge – allowing them to maximize their potential!

 Have a read through the articles and apply the basic template into your regime.

Athletic Development: The Posterior Chain
This article is all about the hamstrings, glutes and lower back.
Athletic Development: The Kinetic Chain
In the second post of the series the whole body, working as one (efficiently), is discussed.
Athletic Development: Muscle Armour
This article is all about muscle building.
Athletic Development: Conditioning
The final article of the series deals with the broad topic of conditioning.

The ‘Athletic Development’ series will give you a good base to work from so don’t be affraid to try something new.