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Reach a higher level of athleticism with Functional Training for Sports

Functional training is a complete system of athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, making it the most efficient and effective form of training today.

Author Mike Boyle, renowned strength and conditioning coach formerly with the Boston Bruins, addresses movement, body positions, and abilities that are essential for success in competition. Through Functional Training for Sports, you will improve your total athleticism, enhance your performance, and reduce injuries through exercise progressions that will spur your development potential for specific movement patterns you commonly use in your sport.

Providing tests for you to determine where to start, the progressions focus on training for the torso, the upper body, and the lower body. The book also provides detailed programs that incorporate the exercises and methods for these progressions. As you master each progression, you will be preparing yourself to perform in any situation with notable improvements in stability and balance, reaction time, core strength, and power.

This whole-body, sport-applied system makes Functional Training for Sports your key to today's most effective and efficient training

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This book offers a complete method for athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, in order to develop movement skills, body positions, and power for any sport. Boyle (a strength and conditioning coach formerly with the Boston Bruins) provides tests for athletes to determine their starting points for training, and then divides regimens into training for the torso, the upper body, and lower body. The exercises focus on improving total athleticism, enhancing performance, improving stability and reaction time, and reducing injury. The exercises are demonstrated in black and white photos.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Includes bibliographical references (p. 189) and index.

Table of Contents

Adding functionality to your program — Analyzing the demands of your sport — Assessing your functional strength — Designing your program — Linear and lateral warm-up — Lower-body strength and balance progressions — Hip extensions and healthy hamstrings — Targeted torso training and rotational strength — Balanced upper-body strength and stability — Plyometric training for power and injury prevention — Olympic lifting for quickness and power — Performance enhancement programs.

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Boyle, Michael
Human Kinetics Publishers
Champaign, IL
Sports medicine
Physical education and training
Sports and Fitness-Fitness
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11.06x8.52x.52 in. 1.31 lbs.

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