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Sports performance training is the physical and mental process of working toward specific athletic, performance or fitness goals through a regimented program. Research shows that to significantly improve sports performance, overall athleticism and physical ability, athletes must complete training sessions in addition to playing their sport. Training refers to the workouts, exercises and drills they perform outside of organized practices to improve their Strength, Speed, Conditioning and Flexibility, as well to rehab and prevent injury. Well-rounded programs also include Sports Psychology training. Maximize your sports performance with advice from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

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Once a Lanky Teen, Cody Bellinger Offers Crucial Advice to Undersized Youth Athletes

With Cody Bellinger set to unleash a barrage of monstrous home runs throughout the 2018 MLB season, now might be a good time to remind you he was once...

By: Brandon Hall

6 Lower-Body Exercises Every Combat Athlete Should Add to Their Routine

Combat athletes are known for their lightning-quick reflexes and upper-body strength, but the real power in combat sports comes from having a balanced...

By: James Kopniske

Use These 6 Simple Tests to Find Your Perfect Squat

We can all agree that the Squat is a foundational movement. It can be used to develop strength, power and muscle mass. Being able to Squat without pai...

By: Josh Williams

Why Improved Stability—Not More Stretching—Could Be Your Best Solution for Tight Muscles

Common thought dictates that if a muscle feels tight, we should be stretching it. A number of common movement issues are blamed on muscle X or Y be...

By: Chris Cooper

5 Advanced Core Exercises for Soccer Players

I am not a fan of Crunches. It is a bold statement, but Crunches do not translate to improved soccer performance or reduced risk of injury on the p...

By: Erica Suter

Why Band-Assisted Jumps are the Missing Link for Your Explosive Training

Athletes are in the unending pursuit to enhance explosiveness. Who doesn't want to jump higher, sprint faster, hit harder and cut faster? The ability ...

By: Jake Tuura

Why Pistol Squats Are an Awesome Exercise For Athletes

Pistol Squats are a very difficult but equally rewarding bodyweight exercise. Pistol Squats are a great unilateral exercise that require strength, sta...

By: Victor Spaulding Jr.

Why Every Athlete Needs In-Season Strength Training (and How to Do It Right)

You've just spent the last four to six months training hard and pushing your body to new limits. You have gotten bigger, stronger and faster with hope...

By: Mitch Gill

Why Flexibility Is a Strength Coach's Greatest Asset When Training Student-Athletes

Coaching young athletes can be some of the most rewarding work a strength coach will ever do. But at the same time, coaching athletes at this level...

By: Chris Pearson

Why Athletes Should Pull Twice as Often as They Push Inside the Weight Room

As a coach, one of my main goals with workout programming is balance. Creating an equally partitioned regimen so that no body part gets left behind is...

By: Kevin Warren