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The 15 Best Speed Training Exercises for Athletes

Speed is important in almost every sport and with the right speed training exercises as part of a complete speed training program athletes can make dramatic improvements. When I was in high school I worked with a speed training coach each summer and got down to the 4.5s range for a hand-timed 40-yard dash, something that helped me tremendously on the football field. During those summers we worked on acceleration as well as top-end speed with a variety of training methods - Band resisted sprints, various starts, overspeed training, and more. In this article you’re going to learn about the best speed training exercises and drills that you can include in your program to improve your top-end speed and acceleration, taking...

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Hips & Glutes...A Must for your Dynamic Warm-Up Routine

Hip and glute strength drives power and speed in an athlete. It is extremely important for athletes to activate these muscle groupings during every dynamic warm-up and to continuously work to develop these muscles. Effectively building up these muscles enables speed, agility, and power while changing directions or jumping out of a running position. It is critical for athletes to weight train these muscles just as they would do for other key muscles used for peak athletic performance, as they are often ignored or not trained to get the maximum potential out of them. What Most Athletes and Coaches are Doing Wrong… Although many athletes incorporate hip mobility exercises into their warm-up, this is not as effective as doing so...

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How 10 Elite NBA Players Train in the Off-season

A basketball training program for professional basketball players isn’t too different from what the training should be for high school or college players - there’s just more of it. The athleticism of elite basketball players is far beyond simple natural ability. In order to stand out, they have to jump higher, move quicker, and run faster. They also need more strength to be able to finish strong at the rim. While the exact training program of each NBA player may differ, you’ll notice the similarities in their training - lifting weights, speed and agility work, as well as conditioning. Lots of conditioning.  In this article we’re going to focus on the training side of these athletes off the basketball court....

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