Speed Training: You Don’t Need Frills

Speed is critical to sports performance. One of the side effects of the systematic incorporation of strength and conditioning into sports is that athletes are becoming bigger, stronger and they are a lot faster than they used to be. This means that if we have prospective athletes, speed training is something they are going to have to incorporate into their programs. Nowadays, lifting weights and practicing the sport are not enough!   In a previous post ( http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/10/speed-running-fast-is-a-skill/ ), we...

Overload: You Can’t Get Better Without It

The overload principle is a fundamental one to strength and conditioning. Basically this says that in order to keep the body adapting, we have to find a way to make the workouts more difficult. If we don’t find a way to continually make the workouts more difficult over time, then we will stop getting stronger, larger, faster, and more powerful.   There’s a lot of ways that we can do this in strength and conditioning. We can increase the weight....

Agility Is About Sports Performance

Agility is probably one of the most difficult things to coach and it’s one of the things most susceptible to hype and guruisms. This post is going to present some thoughts about agility training and sports. At the end of the day, the most difficult thing about coaching agility is that you have to understand the sport and its movement patterns.   Drills teach us to be better at drills: The idea behind most agility drills is to take a...

It’s Important To Train Hip Extension

I’m a huge fan of what I call puling or hip extension exercises to help develop athletic strength and power. Normally these are variations of the deadlift, Romanian deadlift, or good morning. These exercises develop the lower back, glutes, and hamstrings in a way that makes them all work together. This translates to sprinting, jumping, landing, throwing, hitting a baseball or softball, in fact many sports skills.   I do occasionally like to supplement other exercises to train this area...

Pull Ups For Performance And Injury Prevention

Athletes spend a lot of their training time pressing and jerking weights. All of this involves pushing the implement away from the body. This is important because a lot of sporting movements involve extension of the arm. For example, throwing a baseball, shooting a free throw, hitting a softball, etc.   There is another side to this. All that pressing has the potential for creating a strength imbalance at the shoulder because one motion is being focused on. This means...