Posts Tagged ‘power’
Filed under: Continuing Education, Podcasts
BP Podcast #3: Mike Young
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 13th, 2009
This week we had a quick lesson from Dr. Mike Young on the disconnect between speed and power athletes and endurance athletes. We also discussed what can be learned from the group and how it can be added to training. Give it a listen! Links: www.EliteTrack.com www.HPCSport.com Have a great afternoon. I am off to California. If you are in the Orange County area and want to talk shop in the next week, send me an e-mail! Car...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, strength training
(New) Core Training
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 9th, 2009
These days it seems like everything you read in the popular media talks up the benefits of training the “core” for optimum health and performance. Unfortunately, the majority of the gizmos, trendy articles, and example exercises are incredibly skewed toward training the abdominals leading to an over-implementation of abdominal work among well intentioned coaches and athletes. While the abdominals are a very important piece of the core puzzl...
Filed under: plyometrics, Running, strength training
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 4th, 2009
Yesterday I mentioned the inclusion of jump circuits on recovery days. Before someone gets the wrong idea and starts to add in high intensity reactive work, I had better clarify. The jumping circuits are a series of jumps, hops, and bounds done for relatively high reps with incomplete recovery between sets. The exercises and total volume should be dictated by relative preparedness of the athlete and time of year. Initially, the bulk o...
Filed under: plyometrics
The final touch of power…
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 3rd, 2009
Phase IV Plyometrics: After having completed several sessions of Phase III, the athlete is ready for the next step. The athlete is now prepared to do higher intensity reactive plyometrics like repeated vertical jumps, hurdle jumps, power skips and bounds, repeated long jumps, etc. In this time, I still prescribe jumps that are mostly ground to ground contacts. I've found drop jumps to be too advanced of a progression right now for runners a...
Filed under: Running, Uncategorized
The Arms Controversy
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 3rd, 2009
We've all been there before...entering that last 100m and starting to lock up. It's about that point where one will likely here "BIG ARMS" or "PUMP YOUR ARMS" or something similar from a coach in the crowd. The theory is that big arm action drives leg action, and you'll be able to finish stronger. It's reasonably well accepted that driving your elbows back and through will improve your finishing speed, but it is factual? A recent study in t...
Filed under: Running
Moving With Powerful Intent
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 2nd, 2009
This morning I grabbed a book off of my shelf that I haven't read for a while--Core Performance: Endurance. As I selected a random page, I was greeted with the title "Running with Purpose," and what followed was an interesting discussion of taking a runner, who just goes through the motions, to an athlete who moves with powerful intent. I believe that it presents an excellent concept from which all runners can learn. Just like a basketball pla...
Filed under: Program Design, Running
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 26th, 2009
The Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand (S.A.I.D.) Principle is one that coaches and athletes must take into account in planning their training. Quite simply, the principle states that the body will adapt to the specific load to which it is exposed. Thus, a person doing tempo runs adapts to the stress of the tempo run, a person doing 200 meter reps at 26 seconds each adapts to running at a speed of 26 seconds per 200, and a person doing a l...
Filed under: plyometrics, Running
Plyometric Progress: Reduction before Production…
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 25th, 2009
Plyometrics are a good thing...when done right. You see, there was a time in my life that I liked plyometrics so much I'd compose entire hours of training sessions with noting by plyometric drills. I'd hop, I'd bound, I'd hop and spring, I'd jump on boxes, I'd jump off of boxes. I'd sometimes do up to 500 contacts in a session, and often times they were things like high intensity drop jumps and box jumps. I initially improved leaps and bounds...
Filed under: Program Design, Running, strength training
A Paradigm Shift In Off-Season Running
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 20th, 2009
Take a look at the average endurance athlete's off-season training program, and you'll likely see a “more is better” approach with high volumes of long aerobic work, a few threshold runs, and perhaps you'll also see some haphazardly performed “form running drills” and strides peppered in at random. What you likely won't see is a balanced strength program that focuses on improving multiple strength qualities and correcting structural and m...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries, Running
Training with a Broken Fibula
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 16th, 2009
As you often will here me say, runners are a stubborn, dinged up population. They are so tough that oftentimes they push their body's tissue tolerance to the limit and end up with injury. While some athletes have the tendency to get mad and spend their "8-10 weeks" waiting for their injuries to heal, the real athletes find solutions that will allow them to keep improving despite being sidelined from specific run training. Of course, running...