Produce Extreme Results with Purposeful Variety!

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What’s the purpose and result of all of the outside training going on at your facility? I drive by there regularly and have seen men, women and high school kids flipping tires, pulling a weight sled, throwing a barbell and running sprints. I heard about the tire flipping when the woman who won “Biggest Loser” talked about her trainers doing that with her but I didn’t know what it actually was or why she did it.
Answer: Purposeful variety with training routines produces extreme results. The variable can be to change the order of your exercise routine, reps, weight, range-of motion or completely change the dynamics of your training cycle. We initially started outside training years ago with our drag sled. The large “World’s Strongest Men” competitors usually have a day scheduled in their training to pull a heavy sled backwards. It’s one of those exercises that just makes you stronger by using every muscle in your body. We incorporated that into training for football players, added another step to that and were successful in helping players train to generate more speed and power in a fun and challenging way. Incorporating the sled workouts with training on our power platform using explosive exercises like deadlifts, high pulls, cleans, squats and push presses built a more athletic individual ready for any sport. A few months ago we were able to acquire the large tires from Mac Tire out in LA (Lower Almance) and began using them as an additional tool in Functional Training.
Functional Training is the term used for intense workouts that closely mimic actions in sports. The idea is to train above your threshold with these closely related exercises to make your game day easier. For instance with the tires you actually get three exercises in one flip as you drive forward across the field. The deadlift is used for the beginning of the movement. As you generate force moving the tire upward it becomes a power clean and as you finish the flip it becomes a push press. For linemen it’s a great addition to standard training. For someone who wants to challenge themselves, tire flipping requires every muscle in your body to coordinate movements and it shoots your heart rate up which makes it ideal for interval training. With all your muscles fully involved this type of exercise burns a great deal of calories and enhances your metabolic rate.
Another example of functional training is using a 15 pound medicine ball for “Slammers & Shooters.” It’s a great core workout and ideal for basketball players because it makes handling a standard basketball much easier. The idea is to hold the medicine ball over your head and drive it into the ground at your feet, catch it on it’s way up and pass it either to the trainer or into the wall forcefully. “Wall Ball” uses a lighter medicine ball and a rotational movement to increase core rotation speed and coordinate movements. The tremendous effort of these exercises, their similarity to sports skills and coordinating them into a routine with standard exercises, plyometrics and speed training build a more athletic individual. The better we can make an athlete the better they can become at the sport or sports they choose to pursue. For someone who is not in pursuit of sports excellence, this type of training simply gets you fit. By training to be fit and learning the nutritional guidelines that keep you healthy, you lose weight, become more mobile and can pursue your own life’s ambitions without hesitation.
To see video of these exercises and others that we will use in our summer sports camps hit our home page.
God bless and keep training.
Daryl

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