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Determine and develop running speed for fast plays

Determine and develop running speed for fast plays

In football, speed is generally measured by a player’s time in running the 40-yard dash. read more
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Physical Demands of Tennis

Physical Demands of Tennis

Sport scientists have demonstrated the detrimental effects of fatigue during extended tennis play. After about an hour of tennis play, hitting inaccuracy, unforced errors, and mental mistakes begin to creep in; serve and stroke velocity decline; and speed of running to the ball decreases. read more
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Guidelines for Total-Body Conditioning

Guidelines for Total-Body Conditioning

No approach to training is perfect, and this caution is certainly true when using maximum interval training as your workout program. This section gives you some things to keep in mind when putting together your program. read more
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Five Key Variables for a Comprehensive Training Program

Five Key Variables for a Comprehensive Training Program

Several key training variables must be addressed, manipulated, and successfully integrated to create an effective, comprehensive training program. The interplay of these variables can have a profound impact on the results you get. read more
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Increase flexibility with deep water exercises

Increase flexibility with deep water exercises

7.1 Deep-Water Flotation Jack. Equipment: Flotation belt or pool noodle. Exercise Focus: Activates the muscles in the legs and core. read more
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Seven reasons why you should be working out with dumbbells

Seven reasons why you should be working out with dumbbells

While most exercise machines are expensive and can typically be used in performing only one exercise, dumbbells are relatively cheap and adaptable to a huge range of exercises. Former U.S. Olympic strength and conditioning coach Allen Hedrick says that nearly every barbell exercise you can think of can be performed with dumbbells. read more
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Heavy Ropes Unstable Wave

Heavy Ropes Unstable Wave

Besides offering the normal benefits of the wave, this variation requires you to develop balance to perform the exercise. This variation also develops the muscles of the ankle, foot, and shin, which will have to work hard to keep you standing. read more
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Competitive racing – open water

Competitive racing – open water

Many open water swimmers train individually, but they race in competitions where they’ll be in the water with dozens, if not hundreds, of other athletes. read more
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Mental toughness or mental pliability?

Mental toughness or mental pliability?

To begin this section, let’s first challenge some of the terminology that has been used in the field of sport psychology and offer a different perspective on the much-overused concept of mental toughness. read more
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Race day preparation

Race day preparation

Competition day is the day that every swimmer trains for. Although many swimmers and coaches place a tremendous amount of focus on what happens on race day, the hay is largely already in the barn, so to speak, and the meet is just where everything comes together to produce the ultimate performance. read more
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