Are Mobility Exercises a Part of Your Workouts?

Guest Blog by Craig Richards It’s been well documented that mobility has a direct functional effect on the movements needed for strength training. For an athlete, with improved mobility comes the ability to perform exercises with efficiency and power – both of which directly impact sport performance. With all that in mind, our focus today…

The Importance of In-Season Strength Training

Did you know that significant muscle strength can be lost in as little as 2-4 weeks? Think about all that hard work your players put in this past off-season getting bigger, faster, and stronger. Now think about this – if your team isn’t continuing strength training during the season, players could be at their weakest come playoff time!…

VertiMax Training: Lateral Slides

Lateral explosion is essential in sports like basketball (i.e., playing defense), baseball (i.e., fielding), and volleyball (i.e., receiving). In most cases, athletes will take between 1-3 strides before either changing lateral directions or moving forwards or backwards. This 3 step drill was designed simulate those short bursts of movement.

VertiMax: First Step Explosion

In my opinion, every trainer working with a basketball player should be doing this drill on a regular basis. Introduction: Use this drill to improve first step explosion. Drill: Start with the basketball in an athletic stance, next to the platform. Explode past an imaginary defender with a slide step (or crossover, depending on your coaching technique).…