Head, Shoulders…

www.SMARTERTeamTraining.comYep, the next body part to pay close attention to is the shoulders. Very important for posture during speed and for allowing proper range of motion to elicit maximum speed. When you think about it, the little things do matter on game day. What you do walking to class or while at practice will dictate the final product when everyone is watching. Coach Taylor takes his young athletes through these drills each workout. He can be reach at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com or schedule a workout with him by calling 410-828-8218 today.

STT’s workout of the month for December 2010

Here is the scenario.  You are at your child’s early morning indoor soccer practice and can’t make it to the gym.  You want to watch practice to see how good they are getting.  You also know the rest of your day is jammed packed, so you need to squeeze in a quick cardio session to feel better about the day ahead.  Talk to the coach, and take the initiative to challenge the team after practice to two fitness exercises.  The first is called “six in 50” which if you have youngsters may become “five in 50” or “four in 50” for the really little ones.  Starting on the left side of the 18 yard box, sprint as fast as you can to the far side of the 18 and come back.  That is two lengths.  Complete the over and back sequence two more times for a total of six in less than fifty seconds.  Use the same sequence for the second challenge.  Starting on the goal line and come back to the starting spot after touching the top of the 18.  Try “14” for the high school or older, “12” for those who want to be on varsity next year, and “10” when challenging the youngster.

Coach Taylor featured on STACK!

www.SMARTERTeamTraining.comAnd the tips keep on coming from Coach Taylor! This one features three videos and some good old fashion questions and answers from a recent interview with Coach Taylor and STACK. Check out the post by clicking the STACK logo above. Let STT know what you think of what Coach Taylor had to say by leaving a comment below.

STT’s workout of the month for November 2010

What do your clients or athletes have in common?  I will give you a hint.  Do the words shoulder, chest, hamstrings, and hips help?  They are tight!  On just about everyone these areas are particularly tight, which can lead to imbalances in your muscle groups and ultimately injuries.   Stretching needs to be individualized just like the strength and conditioning programs we design.  Unless you tailor your flexibility training to the strengths and weaknesses of your clients and athletes, you may stretch already overstretched muscles and miss areas that need more focused training.  Pay particular attention to older adults, pregnant women, and people with injuries.  They may need special precautions when involved in a flexibility program.

STT’s Tip Of The Week featured on LaxLessons.com

If you are a lacrosse fan, coach, or athlete this clip is for you. The feedback has been great from STT nation. This is week two of STT being featured on LaxLessons.com’s Tip of the Week! A low budget drill that can be done with an entire team or used as a “focus” challenge. Continue to think outside the box and remind yourself and your players that it boils down to effort and attitude. Good things happen when you work hard and stay positive.  Check out this clip and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing how your patterns differ from those described.

Coach Taylor featured on LaxLessons.com

The phone rings and a conversation begins. The call is to see what we do for some of our more advanced jump/landing drills. As the conversations goes on, we find out that the caller would like to use the drills in an upcoming part of their new website. Sounds like a great opportunity right? Well check out the featured clip that Ryan Rabidou posted on LaxLessons.com that started the collaborative effort. More exercise tips will be posted from STT’s founder, Robert Taylor, on LaxLessons.com soon. So keep in touch! Check out the post and clip today by going to:

http://tinyurl.com/laxlessons

Use these links to keep in touch with STT and to see what others have to say about their SMARTER Team Training experience: STT on the Web, STT on YouTube, STT on Facebook, STT on Twitter, and STT on LinkedIn.

STT’s workout of the month for October 2010

I’m sure we have all see the guy at the gym stuck on the bench press and the multiple variations of pressing movements.  Often times you notice that when he racks the weight or drops the dumbbells as loud and as hard as possible, that he quickly grabs his shoulder and makes a circular motion with his arm.  I’m sure that in his head he is thinking it is just “part of getting big”.  But for the rest of us that would like to think otherwise, try these exercises out.  These types of exercises are a must for throwing sports such as baseball and softball, hitting sports such as tennis and volleyball, and a definite must for swimmers.  Using 2-5 pounds of resistance lie on a bench on your stomach.  Start with your arm hanging straight down, pull shoulder blade back, extend arm away from body to shoulder height as if you were trying to make a “T”.  This exercise can be performed with palm down or thumb up for variation.  You can also do this in an “I” and “V”, but don’t limit yourself to just these three letters.

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