Training Articles

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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The 'Phantom Step-Up': Why This Unorthodox Exercise Is Amazing for Athletes

You put equal weight on both sides of the barbell. It's up there with "no curling in the squat rack" and "always use a spotter when you max out" as...

10 Tips for Having Your Best Basketball Season Ever

Have you ever worked really hard on a school assignment only to turn it in and realize you ignored a crucial guideline? Maybe you didn't quite underst...

Mike Boyle's Conditioning Rule for Athletes

With an endless parade of practices and games, many modern young athletes have no issue staying in "game shape." What they often miss out on are op...

Are You Committing This All-Too-Common Dumbbell Training Mistake?

Dumbbells are a phenomenal training tool. However, I've noticed one mistake lifters consistently commit when using them. A lot of lifters tend t...

What 99% of Athletes are Missing in Their Strength and Conditioning Programs

Many people live in a constant state of stiffness. We've all seen stiff people at the gym, and we've all experienced stiffness ourselves. Most ofte...

The 5 Stages of Skill Development

When the season is over and the uniforms are put on the shelf, a new season begins. The offseason is the time when the seeds of progress are plante...

Why In-Season Strength Training Is Essential for Soccer Players

"In-season training is not necessary," one youth soccer coach once uttered to me. "My kid is too busy to make time for in-season strength training,...

How Does Your Body Actually Burn Fat?

Sweat is dripping down your forehead. Your muscles are warm and burning. Pacing around the gym, you work to catch your breath. It was a good workout. ...

Why Every Athlete Can Benefit From the Jefferson Squat

One of my favorite exercises for all athletes is the Jefferson Squat. This is an old-school movement—no really, like "from the 1800s" old—that ...

The Oak Hill Basketball Preseason Workout Program

*Editor's note: this article is co-authored by Bryan Meagher As AAU basketball has expanded, basketball for the high school-aged player has become ...

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