Massage therapy is not only for relaxation and injury recovery, it also provides you with many strength training benefits that will help enhance your performance and results. If you only consider getting a massage when you are overworked or injured, you may be limiting the benefits of this gentle, non-invasive, hands-on therapy. Massage therapy is very personalized. You work with your massage therapist to focus on muscles that are tight, sore or have inflammation. This direct approach carries over into your strength training.
If you want to improve your speed, whether you’re an athlete or simply want to boost your overall conditioning, it’s crucial to integrate plyometrics into your weekly training program. Plyometric exercises involve explosive movements, like sprinting, bounding and jumping. They work several muscles at once and help to maximize force production. And they can suck, both literally and figuratively! If you’ve ever done plyometrics, you know how quickly the energy is sucked from your body, leaving you gasping for air and counting down the seconds until your training session is done. But there’s no arguing the effectiveness of plyometrics for making you a better athlete, more conditioned and faster!
Despite being one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment, the treadmill sometimes gets a bad reputation, especially in the running world. A lot of runners worry that treadmill running will impede their ability to perform their best on race day. However, treadmill training can make you a better runner. Let’s face it: Sometimes we aren’t able to go outside and hit the ground “running,” whether this is due to weather, time of day or travel.
The ankle is one of the most vital joints in the body when it comes to athletic performance; it is the foundation of stability, structural integrity, and movement. It is also one of the most ignored. Ankles support the weight of the body, stabilize it, aid in shifting weight during movement, and absorbing force. It is important to work your ankle strength in a variety of positions in order to fully work all of the related muscle groups and increase the range of motion.
Have you ever tried a TRX class or exercise before? If not, you might want to start doing so as soon as possible!