Is your training REALLY making you fitter for your sport?
Faster. Stronger. Better endurance.
If you train your fitness outside of playing your sport, the odds are you want at least some of that list above.
How do you know if your training is making you fitter for your sport?
If you're a runner, measuring progress is fairly simple. If your times are coming down, you can be happy that you are progressing. Do you know that your supplementary gym work is helping? Is it possible that your gym work is adding nothing or maybe even detracting from good running work?
If you take part in a team sport where it isn't so simple to know if you're progressing fitness-wise, maybe you rely on subjective feeling to know that you are fitter. I think that feel is a brilliant indicator of our fitness when we are going from unfit to moderately fit. To move beyond levels of moderate fitness where returns become more marginal, this becomes more difficult and unreliable.
To know that you are fitter, you need to know exactly how fit you were to start with and exactly how fit you are now.
To know that you are fitter FOR YOUR SPORT, you need to make sure that you are fitter in the right sorts of ways.
Say you play rugby or football or do MMA, being able to run a faster 5km than you could a few months ago doesn't necessarily mean you have better fitness for your game. It could in fact be detrimental to your sports-specific fitness.
You need to know the right sorts of tasks you need to be improving at that carryover into better performance in your sport.
There is one more matter to consider around this issue beyond being able to track whether you are making fitness improvements and making them in the right sorts of areas.
You need to determine whether the training methods you are using are effective and optimal for improving the sorts of fitness you want to work on.
Say for example you want to improve power. Do you know that the so-called Olympic lifts aren't the best choice of exercise for many athletes for a number of reasons?
What above squats for leg strength? Again, not the best choice for everybody depending on your level, your biomechanical capabilities and your sport.
Professional athletes are trained in such a way that they work towards improving the right sort of fitness using good methods to do so and have their progress tracked regularly.
While you may not be professional, you may take your training as seriously as one does. You love your sport and you spend huge amounts of time and energy attempting to get better.
What if you could learn whether your training was REALLY getting you fitter for your sport so that you knew you were spending your time and energy wisely?
Here at Float Sting, using video analysis and other technology used in professional circles, we offer Athletic Testing so that you can have your strength, speed, agility, endurance and mobility tested and quantified in a way that is relevant to your sport or activity.
Tests depend on your sport/athletic activity but can include measurements of vertical jump and other jumps, maximal strength, power output, sports specific endurance and agility and mobility within common athletic patterns.
Testing is carried out in central Manchester by Arton Baleci - a coach who has worked all over the globe with Olympians, Premier League clubs and athletes from the UFC and PGA.
Testing costs £60 and lasts approximately one hour but for a limited time you can buy a testing session for
just £30 or a two sessions test-retest package so you can check your progress over the next few months for just £60!
Treat yourself to this chance to find out what you are really capable of so that you can optimise your training to really make the most of your time and effort. Help yourself create your best athletic year yet!