Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Essentials of Cord Training

The competitive advantage provided by our patented cords should not be overlooked. The performance gains that athletes can realize with a well-executed cord program will always be superior to a program that doesn't include cords. But a word of caution, improper use of the cords can have a detrimental effect on an athlete's performance potential and even risk an injury. We patented theses devices to help you further develop the athletes you train. Learn how to use them right and you will be an invaluable coach helping your athletes reap the benefits!

The key element of nearly all our cord patents (SprintCords, Throwing cords, Kicking cords, Plyo cords, and PowerCords) is that they are designed to load adjacent body segments. This is what makes them to be such a powerful tool for helping athletes improve power in sport-specific movements.

We always emphasize "training between the asymptotes" of the force-velocity curve, or in simpler terms, expanding the athlete's range of movement velocities they train. Athletic Republic's patented cords provide one of the best tools for doing just that. Science based, proven and developing power in sport specific movements.

Its time to revisit how the cords can improve your business and ensure your trainers are prepared and educated to integrate these tools into your programs. For more information about Athletic Republic's patented cords please call Kobus at 318-323-1613.

Did You Know?

  1. Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange.
  2. You don't need to eat bananas for the potassium! (Although it is present in bananas, potassium is the predominant nutrient among most all fruits and vegetables.)
  3. Celery is the best vegetable source of naturally occurring sodium.
  4. To obtain the maximum nutritional benefits, onions should be eaten raw or lightly steamed.
  5. Be careful: eating too many sweet potatoes may cause abdominal swelling and indigestion.

Question of the week?

Q: I want to lift heavier but it stresses my joints - especially my wrists. What are my options?
A: This is actually a common problem for many. First off, it's important to check with your doctor first to rule out any injury. If you have the go-ahead from your doctor, one way to address this problem is to use less weight, but do more repetitions. Stay within the eight to 12 repetition range, which will lead to strength and muscle gains. You don't have to minimize the amount of weight drastically. The problem in your wrists could also be caused by barbells. If so, try switching to dumbbells, which can reduce the strain on the wrists and allow more movement of the joints. You could also try isometric training, a type of strength training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction, either worked against an immovable force or held in a static position while opposed by resistance, such as pressing your fingers together in front of your body.
There are also a couple non-training options to tweak: Wearing a wrist wrap to support the area and/or using a resistance band to build strength. If all else fails just go light for a few weeks and rest - it's better to train light than be sidelined with injury by training too heavy!
Jeff Edney