6 things you need to know about Core Training

Is considered the midsection of the body which includes the hamstrings and lower back (not just the abs).

Core Training is performed in order to create a stable midsection, not just for a 6 pack look.

Having a stable midsection helps links the transfer of power during certain actions such as throwing or striking.

Having a stable and strong core can optimise force development thus improve speed

Core training through repeated flexion (sit ups) is not the only way to train

The use of Isometric based exercises such as the plank are very good for core development.

4 things you need to know about Periodization

Periodization= a fancy word for planning/programming training over a certain period of time

The aim of periodization is to ensure that your athletes don’t do too much or too little

Many athletes you work with may not need advanced periodisation models

Implement basic progressive overload principles before looking at advanced periodization models

5 things you need to know about Speed

Speed = distance / time and is measured in meters per second

Speed development requires the use of heavy resistance training (strength training)

Speed development requires the use of plyometrics and power based exercises

Having a stable and strong core can optimise force development thus improve speed

Development of correct posture during speed training is crucial