The Med Ball Explosive Press is one of the easiest and most effective exercises to build a more powerful upper body and increase your Bench Press strength.
This med ball exercise is a bit different from a standard Med Ball Throw, for which you hold a med ball at your chest and throw it. Rather, you have to decelerate the med ball to your chest and explode up to throw the ball. It's all about transition speed, not how much weight you can handle or how hard you can throw the ball against a wall.
Chrissy Cannellas soccer future appears bright. She received several Division I offers. She has played for travel teams and in national camps.
Cannella, a Cornwall senior, refuses to let her right knee stop her despite it sparking an emotional August conversation with Cornwall coach Amanda Greenblatt.
A midfielder, Cannella played at a U.S. soccer team camp in 2012 in Carson, Calif. Then 14, she turned wrong during a drill and felt a pop in her right knee. The pain forced her into shock. Cannella had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. She needed more than a year to fully regain health.
Although the larger impact of sub-concussive hits is unknown, athletes who participate in soccer year-round clearly risk overuse injuries. The rate of overuse injuries continues to rise while the average age of kids affected by such injuries decreases, according to the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Protection) Sports Injuries campaign.
Overuse injuries arent exclusive to soccer. But Rick Scarpulla, a sports trainer and owner of Ultimate Advantage Training in Fair Oaks outside Middletown, says he most often sees soccer and basketball players suffer consequences of playing one sport year-round. That includes emotional perils.
In my experience, a large percentage of athletes that play a sport year-round with no shutdown period rarely make it to the upper levels of playing their sport, Scarpulla said, because theyre so sick of it that the sport they once loved as a child is something that they can hardly stand the word of now.
Working with athletes online allows me access to a wide range of folks I may otherwise not ever have the privilege of working with, and many of them are CrossFitters. Often people contact me when they are not making the progress they want and they need help usually they are frustrated with their training or their box. I truly enjoy working with these folks in particular.
What makes a good strength and conditioning coach? How can you tell a good coach from a bad one? Can anyone become a good coach? Should good coaches, or coaches in general, be judged purely on wins and losses? What is the most important attribute of a coach?
Many of the best strength coaches regularly share their techniques and offer tips via social media. Although you may not work directly with these coaches, you can get a glimpse of what they are doing to help their athletes get better. So whether youre an athlete, team coach or strength coach, it would be wise to follow these experts in 2015.
I find it slightly humorous how things go in phases when it comes to strength training and conditioning. It seems that a few people start the drum-beating and before you know it, you have a bandwagon and everyone is jumping on it.
When we train our athletes at Ultimate Advantage Training, we prioritize strength and power. Our athletes crush it in the weight room, but that doesn't matter if they cannot transfer their strength to the field.
To transfer their weight room gains to the field or court, our athletes perform footwork drills that reinforce proper biomechanics and movement patterns, so they can put their new horsepower to use when sprinting, decelerating and changing directions.
Anyone familiar with me knows I like big, compound exercises and heavy weight. Athletes benefit from doing big lifts far more than from toe-touching bodyweight moves. At Ultimate Advantage, we incorporate Strongman exercises into our training to make our athletes strong and thick.
Strongman exercises include anything you may see in a Strongman competition, like Yoke Walks, Farmer's Walks, Tire Flips, Drags and Atlas Stones. They're not traditional movements, so they add variety to a program.
And, it's fun to lift heavy stuff. My high school athletes really enjoy these exercises, and they've had great results.
We don't do Strongman workouts exclusively, but we incorporate this style of exercise with more traditional compound barbell movements like Squats.
Female athletes are up to six times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than their male counterparts. As female sport participation continues to explode, it's safe to say ACL injuries are becoming an epidemic.
To see what I'm talking about, all you need to do is watch a girls soccer game. You're guaranteed to see some athletes wearing braces or showing scars on their knees.
Crazy thing is, I've had girls come to me complaining of knee pain at 12 and 13 years old. Knees are supposed to last a lifetime, yet these kids haven't even made it to high school and they're already having problems.
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In this episode of STACK Fitness weekly, Rick Scarpulla shows you three strongman-inspired core exercises.
In this episode of STACK Fitness weekly, Rick Scarpulla of Ultimate Advantage shows you three strongman-inspired core exercises. These moves will challenge your core muscles with weight to build size and strength. He recommends performing three different exercises to hit each area of your core.
Reverse Deadlift - Hold a lat pulldown bar against your neck - Drive your hips back and keep your back straight - Bend over until your torso is parallel to the ground
Barbell Side Bend - Hold the barbell to one side - Touch the end of the barbell to the ground - Vary touch points for an additional challenge
Resisted Extensions - Hold your hands behind your back and lock your knees - Drive your hips back and keep your back straight - Bend over until your torso is parallel to the ground - Explosively drive up to standing position
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Home // Lifestyle // College Recruiting Practical Recruiting Tips for High School Athletes December 19, 2013 ShareTweet+1StumblePin
You've played your sport since you were a little kid, and you're pretty good at it. Now it's time for you to think about playing in college. You might even think about the possibility of getting a scholarship, but you're not quite sure how to go about it.
You've heard all kinds of stories from your friends and you are not sure what to believe. This much I can tell you: Preparing for college is a stressful time for you and your family. Add in trying to get an athletic scholarship, and the stress is compounded many times over.
In this episode of STACK Fitness Weekly, Rick Scarpulla of Ultimate Advantage Training provides instruction for three med ball exercises that will develop your explosive power and elevate your heart rate.
Develop your explosive power and build conditioning with this med ball series from Rick Scarpulla.
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4 Essential Tips and a 3-Day Workout Plan for Off-Season Gains
December 2, 2013 The off-season is the ideal time to put on real size and build functional strength. Problem is, many high school athletes take the wrong approach and simply try to improve their appearance, performing isolation exercises and ignoring the things that will make them better athletes. So, it's no wonder why many kids show up weaker than they should be. Read More http://www.stack.com/2013/12/02/workout-tips/
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It is with great pride and honor that I can report to you that our Army Powerlifting Team once more brought home the Commanders Cup Trophy to extend our streak to 12 straight victories against the mighty Navy squad.