Coach’s Favorite: Bodyweight Exercises

Coach Kenny’s Pick: The Burpee Why:  It teach’s efficiency, mental toughness, attention to detail, and endurance. As an added bonus, you need zero equipment. When do you use it? It’s hard to beat as a basic conditioning tool: you don’t need anything but your own body and gravity, but boy

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3 Foods to Avoid Before a Workout

Food is what fuels your human machine, so choosing the right kind of fuel can go a long way towards optimizing your performance. This article focuses on things to avoid before your workout.

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Do athletes need a bigger engine or better brakes?

If you’re an explosive athlete who can’t change direction quickly, then you probably need better breaks. If your top speed blows away your competition but it takes you too long to get there, then maybe you need a more powerful engine. The first step is to assess where you are now and where you need to be.

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Stop on a dime: Agility drills to improve your agility

Almost every sport is about more than just running fast or a huge vertical. Pick one, and we’ll bet that most of the action happens around changing direction. For the majority of the athletes with whom we work at Velocity around the country, this means they have to be just as good at stopping as they are at starting.

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Meditation to optimize your life and performance

In order to avail yourself of the many benefits of meditation, we believe it’s important not to remain intellectually and emotionally open to the wide variety of meditative practices found throughout our world’s cultures, religions, and philosophies. What is important is that the methods you choose work for you.

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Coaches Favorite: Kettlebell Exercises

Coach Mike’s Pick: Double Kettlebell Clean + Squat + Push Press The Double Kettlebell Clean+Squat+Push-Press is a full-body exercise complex that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. When done correctly, you develop power through the Clean, leg strength in the Squat, vertical pressing strength in the Push

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Are your offseason gains lost when it matters most?

As a professional coach, I have written extensively on a multitude of topics related to strength and conditioning. Whether I am talking about programming, the emotional aspects of training, or the nuts and bolts of coaching, I always come back to the importance of strength. Strength is, in my opinion,

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HOCKEY: Five Exercises to Help You Battle in the Corners

We do a lot of work with hockey athletes here at Velocity, and one thing they all share in common is that they are ready to work. Hockey has a long tradition of grueling training, and that’s because being on the ice is a fight (sometimes literally, though that’s not

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4 Reasons Why You’re Not Sleeping Better

There are many factors that can affect your sleep quality and quantity. Regardless of the cause, every sleepless night takes a toll on your body and mind and can seriously throw off your game. Here are four common reasons you might not be getting enough zzz’s and how to fix

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Velocity Coach’s Favorite Speed Drills

Speed training is fundamental to the Velocity system. We asked four of our coaches which drills were their favorites – a kind of “desert island” scenario for speed training. If you don’t have much time, or maybe just don’t know where to start, try these. Coach Kenny’s pick: The Single

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4 myths about Muscle pliability you need to know

The term “muscle pliability” has been in the news around the NFL quite a bit recently. Tom Brady and his trainer, Alex Guerrero, claim that making muscles pliable is the best way to sustain health and performance. How true is that claim? While it’s a great descriptive term, we are

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How Velocity Helps Athletes Improve from Injury to Recovery

After a sports or orthopedic injury, people set a process in motion when they enter the healthcare system.  The decisions throughout that process can determine whether they recover quickly, with low risk of future re-injury, or whether they endure a slow recovery and a condition that can last for years.

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