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FUNCTIONAL TRAINING IS THE FASTEST, MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION
Push your muscle development and athletic abilities to incredible new heights with Functional Training for Athletes of All Levels. Functional training conditions your body to respond to the strenuous demands of athletic competition. This method goes far beyond standard isolation movements, done sitting down, that simply increase muscular bulk. Functional training coordinates you muscles to work together to produce explosive power, tightrope-walker balance and cat-like agility.
With over 100 exercisesillustrated with step-by-step photosand 20 sport-specific workouts, Functional Training for Athletes at All Levels will help you acquire the athletic movement skills necessary to maximize your performance in any sport.
Develop a rock-solid core for supreme stability
Strengthen your trunk for explosive power
Sharpen fast-twitch muscles for lightning-quick responses
Coordinate your muscles for full body control
Enhance your stabilizers for quick, agile movement
Functional Training for Athletes at All Levels customized sport-specific workouts for:
•Track and Field
Top athletes have long utilized functional training to zero in on the muscle groups they need for peak performance during competition. This book teaches all athletes from weekend enthusiasts to pro players the functional training exercises that will produce the best results in their sport by mimicking the actual movements they utilized in that sport.With these unique programs, athletes can simultaneously improve posture, balance, stability, and mobility. Each exercise progresses from simple to complex, low-to high-intensity, and addresses all aspects of athletic movement. The movements target specific muscle groups, while working related muscle groups and toning vital stabilizer muscles.Throughout the book, helpful icons show readers when an exercise applies to their sport and when it is useful for specific movements like sprinting, throwing, jumping, or changing direction. From there, the sport-specific workouts go beyond merely getting in shape to prepare the reader for shaking off a defender, spiking the ball over the net, or beating the throw to home plate.
About the Author
James C. Radcliffe has a M.S. from University of Oregon in Exercise and Movement Science and a B.A. from Pacific University in Physical Education and Health. He is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Oregon, Eugene, and has been a coach for the University of Oregon Athletic Dept. since 1985.. He is an instructor for intercollegiate athletics including weight training, basketball, softball/baseball and track and field. He has written or consultant on numerous books and videos including High-Powered Plyometrics (1999 book edition, 2001 video) and Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology.