Agility ladders have always been a staple in strength and conditioning programs. Ladder drills are used to help increase foot speed, agility, and coordination thus making one faster in their sport. But, in recent years many strength coaches have put the ladders away and noted that because rate of force development is what correlates most to faster sprint speeds, max strength and power training need to take priority in a program. Even though there is truth to this, it doesn’t mean you should ditch one method all together and claim it has no value.
At one point or another, many of us have incorporated single-leg training into our programs. Single-leg training is a great way to develop lower body strength, stability, hypertrophy, and also burn a few extra calories, because each set is going to take you twice as long to complete when compared to bilateral lifts. However, single-leg work is often neglected because it can be monotonous and may put you in positions where you feel awkward and unbalanced.
But, as an athlete—or anyone who gets off of the couch during the day—it’s important to be able to accept and deliver force on one leg. Single-leg exercises can leave you trying to find balance and prioritizing stability over actually training your lower body muscles. Oftentimes, it takes slight
The push-up is one of the first exercises we all learned to do. Whether your first exposure was from gym class or from being told you needed to do push-ups and sit-ups every day to stay in shape, it’s fair to assume the push-up has been part of your workout routine longer than any other exercise. Despite its longevity in people’s training programs, the push-up is still an exercise that is often performed incorrectly.
Because the push-up allows your scapula and shoulder joint to move more freely, it’s a much safer option than the barbell bench press, especially if you have a history of shoulder problems. Because push-ups tend to be something we’re taught at a young age, and because it’s recognized as a safer alternative to bench pressing, many will rush to performing push-ups on the floor. Furthermore, they’ll frequently add on sets and reps, and