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.

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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.

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.

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.

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