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18 Basic Core Training Exercises

May 1, 2017

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Almost all functional movements of the trunk are combinations or variations of four basic movement patterns: trunk flexion, trunk extension, trunk rotation, and trunk lateral flexion. This article lists exercises to address each of these movement patterns.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design Core exercises strength training abdominal exercises core workouts best core exercises core training core strength core muscles

Intensity and Volume by Drill Type

June 1, 2017

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Coaches can use drills to improve quickness and agility. The training session can improve the specific areas needed to increase performance results by setting up appropriate intensity levels, duration of drills, recovery periods, and volume of drills.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design agility quickness strength and conditioningstrength and conditioning

High Knee Drills

June 1, 2017

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High knee drills help develop coordinated front-side mechanics and are often used as part of a warm-up. This article details several high knee drills that you can use with your athletes.

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Core Exercises Unique to Baseball and Softball

May 27, 2022

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This excerpt from Developing the Core explains core exercises unique to baseball and softball.

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Influence of Perceptual-Cognitive Function on Movement Output

August 28, 2020

Article

This article briefly describes the importance of training perceptual-cognitive skills for faster performance.

Personal trainers TSAC Facilitators Coaches Program design Perceptual-Cognitive Skill Agility Coordination Decision Making Quickness

Nutrition for Competition Cycle

August 12, 2019

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This book excerpt from Developing Endurance goes over nutritional strategies for pre-competition and during competition phases to maximize performance.

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Carbohydrate Loading

July 15, 2019

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This excerpt from NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition discusses carbohydrate loading strategies for athletes to achieve optimal athletic performance.

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Two-Arm Kettlebell Swing

May 1, 2017

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Read a step-by-step description of how to perform the two-arm kettlebell swing, in this exclusive excerpt from the book Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training-3rd Edition With Online Video, published by Human Kinetics.

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Sample 5K Training Plan for Runners

May 1, 2017

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This excerpt from the book Developing Endurance, published by Human Kinetics, presents a sample 5K training plan for runners.

Coaches Program design 5k training plan couch to 5k 5k training program how to run a 5k Suzie Snyder sprint training 5k for beginners

Lactate Threshold and Maximal Exercise Performance

August 13, 2018

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Scientific research has identified lactate threshold (LT) and maximal exercise performance as being very important contributors to endurance performance. A well-designed endurance training program can lead to improvement in both LT and maximal exercise performance within a single season and from season to season.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design Endurance Developing Endurance Lactate Threshold

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