I used to be an athlete, (go Gamecocks!) and I love training students on their road to achieving the next challenge or higher level. I've learned in all of my years as a football and track star, and in working with athletes from every sport, training athletes is a fine balance between strength and speed. Most of the time more emphasis is put on the strength alone, rather than strength and speed together. On any playing field you will find there is no weight bench, deadlift platform, or squat rack. Movement is the key to any game.
Compound movements are the preferred method I use for training athletes to develop explosive power and force. But above all else, my major focus is on reaction time: how quickly can you make things happen? As the greatest of all time said (Mr.Ali ); Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. You can't hit what you can't see.
Plyometrics and devices like a prowler or wheel farrow are excellent for developing that explosive power. Keeping your feet in front of you with knees out front rather than underneath you will also help an athlete with forward explosion and balance. In today's athletic world winners and losers are determined by mere milliseconds. Remember, it's not a race of sheer brute strength: If an athlete can bench 500lbs it serves no purpose if the 275lb bencher is two steps past them.
When looking for a trainer for yourself or for an athlete you know, look at your trainer's program: does it simply focus on lifting large weights and setting gym records? Or does it focus on athletic achievement and increasing speed, strength and agility in the whole body, and using the movements that will be utilized on the field? Your trainer's approach can be the difference between being a runner up or winning the gold.
For more information about my athlete training programs and services, please fill out the contact form on my website, www.ogexperience.com/contact.