A Letter to Athletes: Total Speed Conditioning consists of retraining the entire body to move in an efficient and powerful way. The answer to speed increases comes from performing a system of movements and activities all designed to help the body move at peak velocities. Without integrating an efficient and effective warm up, increasing flexibility and range of motion, improving lateral agility and change of direction quickness, increasing cardiovascular conditioning, pillar strength, power output and learning proper running mechanics, athletes cannot expect to compete at the highest levels. Staying loose before your competition is essential regardless of your sport. Warming up correctly is often overlooked. Many athletes believe that static stretching will get their muscles loose and ready for competition. This is a major misconception if you are a speed/power athlete. Static stretching will inhibit the ability to produce your full elastic energy potential and muscular strength by elongating muscles, tendons ligaments and fascia. We want to be able to create force, while static stretching promotes muscle relation by deducing sensory activity and muscle spindle tension. It is our goal here at Potential to help prepare you to generate as much force as fast as possible. (Rate of Force Development) After your training it is important that you teach your body to remember the feeling of the elastic response that you have created and not go right into a relaxed state, which is why you should not static stretch at this time. Since poor flexibility results in tight muscles and reduced range of motion (meaning you cover less distance with each step that you take) it is important to spend time improving your flexibility. At Potential Training we will teach you better methods which are available to increase range of motion than static stretching, such as active-isolated stretching, self-myofascial release, and dynamic flexibility. When you talk about stretching you should always “relax into the stretch”. We realize it is easier said than done. That is why we will use Active-Isolated Stretching to improve flexibility. The key to AIS is to contract the muscle that is opposite the muscle you are trying to stretch. While the opposing muscle is contracted the isolated muscle will relax naturally. We will finish our training with Self Myofasical Release. This is used to reduce soft tissue tension, decrease3 muscle soreness, increase joint range of motion, correct muscle imbalance and restore muscle length-tension relationships. We are truly excited to help take each of you to a new level. You may reach me at (847)395-9200 to commit to taking your training to the next level. Al Roth, Owner Potential Training Center, ISSA CPT, IYCA Certified Fitness Specialist, IYCA Certified Speed and Agility Specialist, ASEP High School Strength and Conditioning Coach.
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