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.
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
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:
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.
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
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?