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Understanding power training for athletes

POWER is the ability to generate force quickly and explosively. People with higher power outputs have higher vertical jumps and can accelerate and move more quickly in their chosen sport or activity. To maximize power development, and athlete must vary loads, speed of movement, and range of motion in his or her training program. At the Boston Institute of Jump, we use specific training methods and plyometrics to tackle each of these requirements.   

In order to elicit a positive training response from the athlete when doing power training and plyometrics, a high work-to-rest ratio is required.

This Week in Sox Nation: Episode One, Hope Springs Eternal

Ok Sox Nation. Who’s over winter? Who’s ready for icy beverages while wearing a tank top, soaking up the 80 degree sunshine in the bleachers at the Fens? Well, the first official harbingers of summer are happening clad in the uniform of our beloved boys of summer. 

Baseball is finally back and while March is entering like a lion the bats in Ft. Myers are entering like… a different kind of lion? The lion you cheer for, Simba to New England Winter’s Scar. While over the weekend Boston surpassed 1994-95’s winter for most inches of snowfall, potential future Phillies catcher Blake Swihart went 2 for 3 with a RBI to pump his spring average to .

A quick thought about training for volleyball

A quick thought about training for volleyball:

Volleyball is a power sport. Therefore, performance training needs to focus primarily on improving vertical jump ability as the ability to react and accelerate quickly and efficiently in multiple planes of movement. To enhance and optimize these abilities, training must address functional range of motion, strength, power, agility, conditioning and overall trunk strength. All of these components are significant pieces to the puzzle and build on each other to maximize performance.

Off-season Focus Part 1

Though almost all beach volleyball players hate winter, these frigid months are a prefect time to focus on injury prevention, expanding functional range of motion, and increasing explosive power in the gym. Taking full advantage of the offseason will allow you to excel when you return to the court in the spring.

Some athletes neglect their offseason training regime because of fear of injury, or perhaps they simply lack the knowledge of which exercises will benefit their game the most. However, with informed coaching and proper movement patterns, all athletes can benefit from offseason resistance training.

Tiger Woods is “fixing” the Wrong Things

The best golfer of all time, one of the most dominant athletes in history, is preparing for his next tournament. Five years ago, we would be talking about “tune ups” and by how much he will beat the field. “Tiger or the field?” was a legitimate question asked often by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, the second half of my favorite hour of daily programming on T.V. (shout out to Around The Horn). Now, after years of personal turmoil and professional failure, the more appropriate question is; will Tiger BE in the field on Saturday?
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