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Strength Training For Athletes

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Strength Training For Athletes

Strength training for athletes is not primarily used for improved strength and power, however for injury prevention. What they don’t realise is that you can not build strength and power without a body that is balanced left to right and trying to add heavy loads to an already faulty structure can lead to injuries. If an athlete is injured they can not train in the gym and even more importantly they can not train at their particular sport. If an athlete is not assessed after each season, their chances of injury get higher each season.

Cam Bolton’s - Germany World Cup Win - February 2019.

Cam Bolton’s - Germany World Cup Win - February 2019.

One thing that needs to be understood from the start, is that all sports have certain patterns that cause imbalances. Take basketball for instance, most basketballers will tend to jump from one leg and land on the other leg. This means that their jumping leg is always working very powerfully and their opposing leg is absorbing the landing, causing it to take a huge load and stress. Over the corse of even one season, this is always going to result in an imbalance between the jumping leg and landing leg. If we multiply that by many seasons, the imbalance becomes even more pronounced.

Firstly, the role of a strength coach is to ensure the athlete can perform training and games in an injury free state. If they get injured at any point of the pre season or season this is time away from their sport training, which will decrease their ability. It is very hard to be a value if you have to miss training each week, just in order to play each week. If an athlete is in a balanced state their likelihood for injury is much less. You only have to use professional sports as an easy example, the teams with the least amount of injuries are usually the ones in the finals and take out the ultimate prize. Any athlete that has played injured will understand that they can not perform to their full ability when they are injured.

Matt Targett & Hayden Stoeckel - 2012 Olympic Medalists

Matt Targett & Hayden Stoeckel - 2012 Olympic Medalists

At Energie4 we train athletes from junior levels all the way to the Olympic podium. All of these athletes do at least one if not two phases of structural balance work in a competition year. This is why we have had so much success at all levels of competitive sport. Energie4 athletes are educated and understand the importance of having are balanced body and notice it’s value to their strength, power and performance throughout the season of their sport.

To move into more detail about strength training for athletes, we first have to look at having a solid base/foundation from where we can build on. Athletes at Energie4 always start with unilateral work, meaning using single leg/arm exercises, like a split squat and dumbbells like a dumbbell bench press before they are progressed to barbell work like a barbell squat or barbell bench press. Any time you create balance between the legs or the arms and go back to a squat or bench press, the athlete has not got weaker, in fact they get stronger, even without doing the exercise the coach was concerned that they would lose strength.

The second major point when you consider the balance between left and right, is that power can’t be developed without first having strength. For example, any athlete who has had an ankle injury that has not been rehabilitated properly, they will have trouble pushing off the ground, effecting running, changing direction and jumping. As the body is extremely clever, it will look to other muscles to try and generate the strength and power it needs in order to perform at the level the athlete is use to. The result however, is that this compensation, causes the exact imbalances that we have been discussing, which can directly relate to an injury in another part of the body. This only frustrates the athlete, as they only want to train and play their sport. Athletes are generally very impatient, as is their competitive nature, so they need to be educated on the value of what you are trying to achieve, in addition to encouraging their patience, so they can be a bigger, stronger, faster athlete.

Thus, strength training for athletes is ALL about injury prevention. If the body is balanced, there is less chance of an injury to the athlete. If they strength train and build a solid, balanced base, they are able to train in the gym and also fully train for their sport. This already gives them a huge advantage over their team mates and competition. Finally, the more base and foundation they have the less time they have to work on structural balance and the more time they can use strength training to increase strength and power.


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Are you against reaching your goals in 2019?

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Are you against reaching your goals in 2019?

Updated 03/01/19

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS DO NOT WORK!

"Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts!"  Winston Churchill

As it’s the third of January already, how are your New Year Resolutions going? Have you achieved what you have set out already? Have you completed three days of exercise? Have you given up drinking alcohol? Has your food been clean after the over indulgence of the festive season?

If you don’t have the correct strategies and support, most people will give up and it will be New Years Eve 2020 and you will have the same resolutions as this year.

Setting a resolution has to be realistic, no different to setting a goal.  The main issue that you find with people who want to jump start their fitness and lose body fat.  Jumping in head first is comendable but often the fastest way to fail, as it is too hard to keep it up. Once you go back to work, kids back at school and life hits you again, can you really exercise 5 days a week, can you prepare your food and have control over your sleep?

Now it is only the first month of the year, so it's not too late to reach your 2019 New Year resolution.  Here are a couple of things to be aware of in order to restart your resolution and not only reach your goal but ensure you maintain your new self.

1. Lifestyle

Exercise and nutrition is a lifestyle, it isn't something you do for an 8 week period.  All the get fit 8 week challenges, don't teach you how to incorporate healthy eating and training into your lifestyle.  Often the diet side is calorie restriction and the training level is too high, so neither can be sustained for long periods, hence they are usually only 8 week programs.

However, if you can learn to increase your exercise gradually, rewarding yourself with an extra session, rather then trying to train every day.  Remember, life can get in the way and when this happens the first thing that always goes is your training.  

The best thing is to gradually integrate your training, in addition to your nutrition.  This will give you the best results and they will be long term, hence becoming part of your lifestyle.

2.  Program Design

With the influx of group classes these days and new studios popping up everywhere.  It is easy to jump in on a class but if you haven't trained for a while, the class maybe more advanced then you can do.  This can be very demotivating.  

On the other side if you have any injuries, a class or program that is not personalised to you, could further aggravate a current or past injury.

This is a something we pride ourselves on and separates Energie4, plus the world class coaches who have your personal goals as their priority.  Having a program is not only great because it is personalised for you, but helps you track your progress.  This shows you your improvement and also motivates you to come into the gym and work harder each session.

3.  Energie4 Training

Energie4 Training, has all the benefits of individual personal training session, however it is without the cost.  You get your own personalised program, after your initial assessment with a world class Energie4 Trainer.  From here you can choose from 6 different time slots a day, morning or evening, 6 days a week.  Once you arrive for your training session, your trainer will ensure that you improve each session and most importantly have the correct technique.

Will having the same lifestyle and body as last year make you happy?

You can book your trial Energie4 Training week on the below link.

Energie4 Training Trial

However, what are you waiting for? Are you against the new you in 2019?

We have limited 2 and 4 weekly sessions packages for 4 or 12 weeks. They are selling fast so you need to hurry to secure one for yourself. As that’s the reason you are doing this isn’t it? For yourself?

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Failure

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS DO NOT WORK!

"Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts!"  Winston Churchill

As the end of January comes close, many people's fitness new year resolutions have been put off to 2019 already.  Setting a resolution has to be realistic, no different to setting a goal.  The main issue that you find with people who want to jump start their fitness and more then likely lose body fat.  Is that they want to do all too much, all too soon.

Now it is only the first month of the year, so it's not too late to reach your 2018 New Year resolution.  Here are a couple of things to be aware of in order to restart your resolution and not only reach your goal but ensure you maintain your new self.

1. Lifestyle

Exercise and nutrition is a lifestyle, it isn't something you do for an 8 week period.  All the get fit 8 week challenges, don't teach you how to incorporate healthy eating and training into your lifestyle.  Often the diet side is calorie restriction and the training level is too high, so neither can be sustained for long periods, hence they are usually only 8 week programs.

However, if you can learn to increase your exercise gradually, rewarding yourself with an extra session, rather then trying to train every day.  Remember, life can get in the way and when this happens the first thing that always goes is your training.  

The best thing is to gradually integrate your training, in addition to your nutrition.  This will give you the best results and they will be long term, hence becoming part of your lifestyle.

2.  Program Design

With the influx of group classes these days and new studios popping up everywhere.  It is easy to jump in on a class but if you haven't trained for a while, the class maybe more advanced then you can do.  This can be very demotivating.  

On the other side if you have any injuries, a class or program that is not personalised to you, could further aggravate a current or past injury.

This is a something we pride ourselves on and also puts Meister Athlete apart.  Having a program is not only great because it is personalised for you, but helps you track your progress.  This shows you your improvement and also motivates you to come into the gym and work harder each session.

3.  Meister Training

Meister Training, has all the benefits of individual personal training session, however it is without the cost.  You get your own personalised program, after your initial assessment with a highly qualified Meister Trainer.  From here you can choose from 6 different time slots a day, morning or evening, 6 days a week.  Once you arrive for your training session, your trainer will ensure that you improve each session and most importantly have the correct technique.

You can book your trial week on the Meister Athlete Mindbody app or follow the below link.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=697241&stype=43&prodid=10144

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Second Chances

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There are always opportunities to restart something you may of started but not quite finished.

Yes it is cold outside now, but it won't be to long to the sun starts coming out and you will want to be in your best shape.  Often people beat themselves up for not taking advantage of their motivation and then they let it slip.  However, just because you didn't achieve it the first time, doesn't mean that you can't have another go.

However, it is never too late to get back into an exercise program and change your nutrition. Plus it is always best to start sooner rather then later. 

Although the exercise might hurt a little when you first start back, you will find your muscle memory will soon kick in and you will be training just like you hadn't had a break.  The best way to get back into it, is by doing an old program, rather then something new.  Even heading out for a big walk or short run will get you moving in the right direction.

When it comes to nutrition, making positive changes can be hard, but the body responds very quickly to better food choices.  You will find that your energy increases within days, which not only helps training drive but also your ability to make better food choices.

Once you have given yourself this second chance to get back into your healthy lifestyle, you will be very pleased with the changes in your body composition, your energy levels and how much more healthier you feel.  Getting started maybe be daunting but remember you just need to build it into your lifestyle and start slow.  There is no need to go back to 5-6 days of training straight off, work on your nutrition and add 3 days of training for the initial period.

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