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.

IL posts new drill from STT

www.SMARTERTeamTraining.comWith tons of drills to be shared, this one starts up a bunch of patterns, workouts, and footwork drills that can be integrated into warm-ups, conditioning, practice, and used to improve your feet when no one is watching. With a picture, write-up, and a video, I think you will get the concept and be using this drill in your next workout. Click here to find out what IL thought was worth posting as their featured workout of the week. If you have questions, email Coach Taylor at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com or call the Gordon Institute to schedule your team’s training session, 410-828-8218. Lacrosse season will be here soon. Will you be ready?

8 Tips to make you faster!

www.SMARTERTeamTraining.comRunning is a skill that can be improved with practice. Having check points and an consistent vocabulary helps make speed training more productive. Not all sports run as someone would when on a track, but proper form is necessary if you are trying to run away from the pack this season. Check out the first of eight STT tips featured on InsideLacrosse.com. To learn more about running mechanics and improving your game day performance, contact Coach Taylor at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com or call the Gordon Institute at 410-828-8218.

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.

Coach Taylor featured on Inside Lacrosse!

The Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training, Robert Taylor will be featured on Inside Lacrosse. Check out the first video by clicking here. There will be blog posts and more video clips coming this week and through the remainder of the month to help showcase what Coach Taylor is doing to help prepare the lacrosse players that train with him at the Gordon Institute for Sports Performance for the upcoming season. For more information on the unique sport-appropriate training programs that Coach Taylor has developed for lacrosse, as well as many other sports, please call 410-828-8218 or email him at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com.

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.

STT’s Football DVD #1 – Conference Series

SMARTERTeamTraining.comWith the football season only weeks away, I wanted to go back to the drawing board to make sure I was not missing something with the athletes I am working with now. Adding competition and implementing power exercises correctly is important this time of year. The energy on this DVD is easy to feel. Coach McKeefery and Coach Hicks arguably had the top two rated presentations at the conference and are always on my short list for events. With Coach McKeefery’s intensity during the on-field live agility session and Coach Hicks southern charm, this STT DVD should be in everyone strength library.

Ron McKeefery takes local football players and a few female athletes through his SAQ program. Speed, agility, and quickness are vital to any teams success. Implementing a program that is progressive, challenging, and fun can be difficult at times. Coach McKeefery shows you a bunch of drills and how his coaching techniques get the most out of each athlete. It is easy to see how much emphasis Ron puts on the team development and mental toughness aspect of his programs. So many teams want and need to focus on the intangibles within a drill, how a drill is completed, and the consistent effort needed to achieve greatness. Nothing gets past Coach McKeefery on this STT DVD and I am sure that after you watch this enthusiastic presentation nothing will get past you either. If you are looking for ways to elevate your training sessions, this one is a no brainer.

I have to be honest. When I was new to this field, I emphasized strength, strength, and more strength. I really had a weakness with agility, conditioning, speed mechanics, jump/landing techniques and could barely coach any aspect of this major aspects of athletic development. Far too many strength and conditioning coaches get sucked into the “LET’S LIFT!” personality that is a stigma that holds us back at times. Coach Hicks takes a great approach to breaking down some of his speed drills and mechanics in this presentation to help your athletes turn the strength that is gained in the weight room into power on the field and court. He takes his athletes through exercises that you can implement in your warm-up, strength, conditioning, and agility sessions seamlessly. Watching this STT DVD reminded me of all the relentless phone calls I made and countless hours spent watching coaches actually coach, the books I read, and the videos that I watched to develop my weakness into what some would call a strength of mine now. Coach Hick’s passion for this field is easy to see. He is one of the quality men in this field. A real resource for both the young and old in the industry.

If I had to pick one of the DVD’s it would be hard. If I was curious and wanted to try just one to see what all of fuss was about, then this would be it. Detailed information regarding each of STT DVD‘s, including the Football, Basketball, and Olympic Sports series, can be found on the website. Go to the Facebook Fan Page and let me know your thoughts about each DVD that you purchase. I look forward to reading what STT nation has to say about the presentation on this DVD.

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