Sunday, April 6, 2008

Off Season 103

Hello Everyone!

This is the last installment of the "Off Season" mini-series, click the numbers for parts 1 and 2.

I have been hinting to this last fundamental aspect of off season training throughout the mini-series, so without further hesitation...

Off Season 103
Get Stronger!
Without a doubt, you have to get stronger during your off season. Becoming a stronger athlete has multiple benefits:
1.) More Strength = More Power
If you increase your overall strength then you increase your potential for more power. It's basic science, POWER = (FORCE x DISTANCE) / TIME. So if you increase your ability to generate force and all other variables remain constant, your power will increase.
2.) More Strength = Faster Movement
If you increase your overall strength then you increase your potential for faster speed. Again using proven science, ACCELERATION = FORCE / MASS or acceleration is defined as "the change in velocity of an object". How do you change the velocity of an object? You force it to move faster! The more force you can generate the more acceleration and velocity you can produce.
3.) More Strength = Higher Injury-Prevention Threshold
The body is only as strong as its weakest link. You must strengthen your body to better prepare it for the stresses and forces it will endure and absorb during your sport.
4.) More Strength = More Confidence
Knowing you a stronger (and therefore more powerful and faster) can be a huge confidence booster. Not only that, but the hard work and challenges that go into become stronger can really strengthen your mind as well as your body.

UNCG's Kyle Hines understands the importance of a good Off Season.

Make the most of your off season to make you a more balanced, healthy, and better athlete.

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Haren

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Of all people, I sure hope that Kyle understands the off season importance, especially this off season. It's probably the most important one of his career thus far!