Wray Watkins

Wray Watkins

Wray Watkins is the director of strength and conditioning at MVP Sports Centers in Lake Forest, Calif. He has worked with athletes from the NFL, MLB and MLS, as well as several Olympic Gold Medalists. Watkins also runs an international internship program through MVP. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2002.

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Plyometric Exercises for Volleyball Players

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3 Effective Upper-Body Plyometrics Exercises

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Basic Speed Drills for Young Athletes

As a young athlete—whether you are the fastest player on the field or trying to get better—now is the time to boost your speed. If you perfect...

Build a Game-Ready Chest

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Develop More Speed and Power: How Plyometrics Benefits Every Athlete

Plyometrics got its start in Eastern Europe during the 1960s, when Olympic sprinters and weightlifters started implementing more explosive movements i...

Basic Speed Training Drills for Any Sport

One of the most important attributes of athleticism is speed. It can differentiate good players from great players, and it's one of the most sought-...

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