Athletes are always working to improve agility and quickness. Many coaches and trainers believe drills, or a combination of repetitive movements, will help their athletes gain an advantage against the competition.
Gaining agility and quickness for game-time situations involves many components. True agility isn’t just moving at different speeds in different directions; it’s moving in all directions with great speed in response to a stimulus.
Just as strength training follows a progression, agility and quickness training should also progress: from simple change-of-direction drills—closed [or set pattern] drills that use anticipation and pattern recognition, such as the Pro Agility Run—to advanced, open [cue-based or reactive] drills that combine complex movements with reactive elements, forcing you to respond to verbal or visual cues . . . just like in most sports.
Follow the guidelines, progressions and exercises below to take your agility program to new heights.
Level 1 – Basic Agility
This level uses set patterns of cones or lines as markers. Focus on technique, body position, basic cuts and movements.
90-Degree Hard Cut Cone Drill
Up and Back Plant [Variation of Backpedal Progression Drill]
Coaching Point: Work on planting off both right and left legs
180-Degree Run and Turn
Coaching Point: Work to pivot off of both left and right legs
360-Degree Run and Turn
Coaching Point: Do right and left turns
Check back later this week for Part 2 of this Agility Progression Sequence.