29 04, 2013

The Importance of an Athlete's Warm Up

April 29th, 2013|Personal Training, Pilates, Sports Performance|Comments Off on The Importance of an Athlete's Warm Up

Many of the athletes I see have some sort of warm up they do before a game. Less of those athletes do a similar warm up before a workout. And some don’t even have their own warm up routine. An effective warm up should include exercises to activate the muscle groups necessary for the work to follow. A personalized warm up that targets the “weaker” muscles can greatly increase speed, agility and power as well as ward off fatigue and injury. Incorporating a warm up specific to individual needs, will enhance performance and can help prevent overuse injuries.  For example, if an athlete is dominant in their quadriceps, an effective warm up should include exercises such as hip bridges, single leg squats and toe reaches to “wake up” the hamstrings and gluteus medius.

Foam rolling is a self myofascial release technique that has been used for some time in professional sports and is now becoming more main stream. There is some debate about when it’s most effective – before the warm up or after the workout. Foam rolling has benefits either way. Prior to the warm up, longer strokes increases blood flow to the muscles and directed pressure can release knots. Rolling after the workout may help muscles recover or at least provide some relief from soreness.

A trained professional can help identify muscle imbalances and recruitment deficiencies to design a personalized warm up routine for enhanced performance and injury prevention. To schedule a consultation with a trainer, physical therapist or Pilates instructor, please contact us!

30 09, 2011

Train like our athletes do

September 30th, 2011|Hybrid|Comments Off on Train like our athletes do

Curious about what goes on upstairs on the turf? Experience it for yourself. Let the sport performance coaches of Athletic Republic take you through the same protocols as our student athletes and pro athletes alike. Coaches will incorporate sprints on the Athletic Republic patented high speed running treadmill, jumps on the plyo press, agility drills and functional strength in all sessions. While the workout is hard core, our experienced coaches can adjust the intensity at each station to meet the fitness levels of each client. Sessions are limited to 8 participants and offered at the following times:

Tuesdays 6am with Dan Jasa

Tuesdays 11:30am with Tim McDoniel

Thursdays 6am with Tim McDoniel

Fridays 9am with Ryan Farrar

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