So, you’re interested in learning how to improve your speed and agility. You’ve come to the right place. By the end of this article you will have EVERYTHING you need to get started in Speed and Agility Training. This site is a personal blog that scours everything new and everything old. Old is usually good because it has stood the test of time, but the new stuff is sometimes amazing. For example you can check out sports visions training – a newly popularized mode of training that improves the hitherto unclassifiable things like dynamic visual acuity, depth perception, peripheral vision, fusion flexibility and stamina etc. PS: Do you know what’s the easiest way to improve your dribbling skills? Tell a boxer his mom’s a tart. Speed and Agility: How To Get Started The world of speed and agility training can be quite confusing. If you are like most people visiting this site you have realized that, for some reason, you now have a need to improve your speed and agility, but how do you actually go about doing it? Well I am going to attempt to answer this question both in a general and a specific way. Don’t worry, by the end of this article you will have a clear understanding of what you need to be doing. The first thing you must know is -> Why are you trying to improve your speed and agility?
- you are applying for a sport scholarship and you need to increase your speed and agility as fundamental testing is concerned (ex: 40 yard dash)
- you practice a sport (football, basketball, soccer, baseball etc.) and need to increase your sport specific speed and agility
- you are parent looking to help out your child to improve his speed and agility
- you want to be a better coach (teach others to get good and also coordinate a team)
- you are an amateur that wants to get better
One thing that must be absolutely clear to you is that there are many, many different facets of speed and agility training. Here is an example: a basketball player and a gymnast. Now both of these athletes obviously have great speed and agility. But, can the basketball player do what the gymnast can do? Most certainly not. And the same is true vice versa. Dunking is very different from flipping and this sort of difference can be classified as sport specific speed and agility. There is also something known as general speed and agility. This is the sort of thing that the NFL Combine measures: pure raw athletic ability as measured in speed exercises, strength training workouts or speed and agility drills. These sort of thing can also be trained, BUT… you have to know why and how. Examples:
- how to improve your 40 yard dash or 50m dash
- how to improve your dribbling skills if you play soccer
- if you’re a football player you might be interested in ways that you can more better tackle your opponents or dodge them
You see where I’m going with this? You need to know what aspect you are trying to improve. Now obviously I can’t answer all the questions in the world in one article, but the purpose of this article is to point you in the right direction, so… Step one: why are you interested in speed and agility training? Step two: what aspects of your speed and agility would you like to influence? Here are some possible answers and, as promised, here are some directions that you can go into: There are two groups of people in the world, there are people who focus on learning and there are people who focus on doing. The people who focus on learning will probably delay their results because they haven’t started doing anything until they’ve learned everything there is to know about their field and their objectives. Downside, they delay their results, upside they have the potential to become truly great because once they do start training they know how to train right. The other class of people start doing and learn as they go along. They start improving sooner, but there is a risk that they can learn things incorrectly and then be forced to backpedal and unlearn improper techniques. Tiger Woods had this problem and he had to relearn his whole swing. I recommend a mixed approach. If you want to get started doing something right now. And I mean right now. Here is a link to a great article about improving speed and agility with a simple leg training exercise: Speed and Agility Training With The 1 Legged Squat. PS: Here’s the link for: Speed and Agility Training with Sports Vision training.
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