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Increase Speed and Agility using This Strength & Conditioning Exercise!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Duke University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff alongside John Danowski provide you with a lateral bound exercise that helps build strength in a player’s hip and leg muscles so they can be quicker and more explosive while changing direction on the field. The first drill is a basic lateral bound. While the following drill involves a lateral bound with a 45 degree drop step. This is a great exercise for players to develop the ability to change directions rapidly, powerfully, and keep their body under control. 

Lateral Bounds

Athlete Movements:

With multiple lines of players facing the length of the field, the first players will face toward a sideline and squat down. From that position, they will leap to their side (away from their lines), land, and return to the squatting position. They will continue this for the length of 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.

In the 2nd part of this clip, the first set of player will be now facing their own lines in the same squatting position. They will first open their hips to their right side, leap back at 45 degrees, land, and return to squatting position. They will then open up to their left side now and do the same. They will do this for 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.

Teaching Points:

  • In the squat position at the start of each drill, be sure that players keep the hands and the elbows tight to their chest
  • Challenge your athletes with the technique of the drills as well their own endurance.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Skill Development.




Build Your Swimmers’ Strength and Power!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Larry Stoegbauer, the strength coach for swimmers at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, has put together a drill that allows the coach and the swimmer to measure the progress and improvement in building strength and power for swimming.

The Weight Strap Drill

The swimmer places a belt around his or her waist connected to a strap approximately the length of the pool with a bar bell weight of between 10 to 95 lbs. attached. The weight is placed in the deep end of the pool and the strap is curled around a backstroke start handle and out to the swimmer. The swimmer then sprints to the other end of the pool towing the weight across the pool bottom to the starting block. As the swimmer gains strength, the weight is increased.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Strength, Power & Overspeed Training.” VIEW other world class Strength & Conditioning videos in our massive Swimming library!




Learn a Dynamic Warm-Up to Prepare Your Team!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tim McClellan (M.S. CSCS) has coached Olympic medalists and NCAA All-Americans and here he guides you through a warm-up. This is designed to effectively activate the nervous system, lubricate joints, quicken the feet, and prepare the body for explosive movements. McClellan uses the agility ladder, hops, and jumps to progress through a dynamic warm-up. 

Neurological Warm-Up

Drills include crossovers, hopscotch, side-to-side hops, in-and-outs and many more.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Becoming a Champion: Off Season Strength & Conditioning for Volleyball.” VIEW other world class Conditioning videos in our massive Volleyball library!






Develop Speed and Agility in Your Lacrosse Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with tests that isolate specific abilities. This drill is a way to measure the agility and speed of players. It can be used especially with offensive players to develop their ability to move quickly and change direction in order to create space or dodge a defender.

Roundabout Drill

How it Works: This drill utilizes four cones; two for the start, one five yards up and five yards over, and a fourth, five yards over and five yards back, so that you end with a triangle shape. The athlete begins at the two cones. The timing begins upon the athletes’ first forward movement. They sprint to and around the middle cone, sprint to and around the far cone, from an inside-out direction. They sprint back around the top-middle cone and then finish by running back between the two starting line cones.

Drill Tips: For testing an athlete’s time, only one set up would be needed. But for training purposes, you could run the drill with several setups at the same time so that your entire team could have multiple reps in a short amount of time.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” To view the latest video selections on Strength & Conditioning, CLICK HERE.




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