OUR PHILOSOPHY

Strength, balance and movement explanations

Performance balance

Performance balance is the foundation for all movement, and contributes to improved physicality of each part of the Athletic Engine. In action, balance combines the body’s software (brain and neural system) and hard drive (muscles, fascia, energy systems) to expertly draw upon physical balance to determine the movement efficiency in sport. Philosophically, achieving balance represents a state of equilibrium and is crucial to success within all areas of sport and life.

The objective of Performance Balance training is to develop the stability and leverage needed to make quick, reflexive adjustments to postural and joint-stabilising muscles that can be used in the production of strength, power, and athleticism. The ability to achieve this is crucial for the athlete to initiate explosive power and produce the strength, speed and movement efficiency that sport situations demand.

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SKILLS

Balance builds body control, body awareness and stability that all contribute to enhanced movement

POSTURE AND CORE STRENGTH

Balance drills engage the core from the deepest to most superficial level and create better spinal support and unified core development

JOINT INTEGRATION

The slow, controlled tempo balance drills engage joint stabilisation through deceleration drills and force management

REACTION

Balance floods the sensory system creating more sensitive mind – muscle responses that enhance internal communication and external reaction skills

WHOLE BODY STRENGTH AND POWER

The culmination of improved posture, core strength and joint integrity that occur with balance training creates an optimal foundation for strength development

SPEED, AGILITY AND QUICKNESS

Improved balance creates enhanced body awareness and control as well as improves joint integrity to change direction efficiently

CONDITIONING AND CAPACITY

Balance develops a more stable, durable body that is better prepared to withstand repetitive motion required in the development of capacity/endurance

FLEXIBILITY AND MOBILITY

Enhanced balance provides the athlete with better body control and body awareness that can be translated into flexibility and mobility gains

MENTAL TOUGHNESS

The mental focus required in complex balance skills teaches the athlete to engage in every exercise and promotes an attitude of persistence until the exercise can be conquered

VISUAL ABILITY

Balance is established and maintained with vision as a primary source of sensory feedback helping athletes fine tune their visual acuity while performing balance drills.

Integrated strength

The Integrated Strength methodology takes athletes beyond the traditional and focuses on the progression of sport-related strength. It is about understanding the unique demands of sport, individual athletes needs, and using periodisation techniques to design effective training programmes that help athletes achieve their goals. Each week, month and year of training takes the athlete further along the strength – power development spectrum with a continual re-set of priorities, objectives and challenges to improve.

Strength in sport requires the athlete to fire muscles collectively and in sequence, not in isolated muscle contractions. Significant improvements in sport performance come from the development of Integrated Strength within Athletic Movement patterns. Ultimately, the development of the whole body neuromuscular strength is the most important element in increasing force production in order for the athlete to produce more power. Total body strength demonstrates the athletes ability to link the kinetic chain together to produce movement patterns through the development of Integrated Strength, not simply muscular strength. This combination of enhanced force production with neuromuscular response time ultimately enhances training muscles in movement, not muscles in isolation, for sport performance.

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SKILLS

An athlete’s lifting style requires integration of all parts of the
body leading to well synchronised lifts that require a strong communication network between the mind and the muscle, creating more functional movement abilities

POSTURE AND CORE STRENGTH

Dynamic lifting techniques require a strong posture and builds core stabilisation through force transfer from lower body to upper body, through the core

JOINT INTEGRITY

Lifting places positive stress on the body in multiple planes and with multiple joints working together to build more durable joints

REACTION

Lifting places positive stress on the body in multiple planes and with multiple joints working together to build more durable joints

WHOLE BODY STRENGTH AND POWER

Lifting places positive stress on the body in multiple planes and with multiple joints working together to build more durable joints

SPEED, AGILITY AND QUICKNESS

Lifting places positive stress on the body in multiple planes and with multiple joints working together to build more durable joints

FLEXIBILITY AND MOBILITY

A focus on full range of motion exercises in dynamic lifting enhances joint mobility

MENTAL TOUGHNESS

The mental focus required in executing complex lifts under load teaches the athlete to engage in the precise execution of every exercise and promotes a competitive attitude and a work hard mentality

VISUAL ABILITY

The mental focus required in executing complex lifts under load teaches the athlete to engage in the precise execution of every exercise and promotes a competitive attitude and a work hard mentality

Athletic Movement

The objective of Athletic Movement training is to develop a strong, powerful and coordinated athlete. This includes the ability to generate explosive speed, lightning-fast quickness, and efficient acceleration and directional changes. The ability to read and react within a sport environment with a fast and accurate response is the difference between good and great athletes.

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SKILLS

Repetition of motor patterns activates mind to muscle pathways and builds body awareness and coordination

POSTURE AND CORE STRENGTH

Dynamic movement requires a strong posture and builds core stabilisation through deceleration drills and force management

JOINT INTEGRITY

Execution of 3D movements and agility patterns builds more durable joints

REACTION

Coordination of complex movements stimulates neuromuscular pathways building excellent internal reactivity. Exposure to external reaction drills demands fast and accurate information processing for game-like situation training

WHOLE BODY STRENGTH AND POWER

Athletes who are more coordinated and have strong mind-to-muscle communication systems are better prepared to activate muscle in strength training. The development of fast-twitch fibres in SAQ training has direct transfer to both strength and power expression.

SPEED, AGILITY AND QUICKNESS

A training plan that is purposeful and progressive enhances all aspects of movement skill

CONDITIONING AND CAPACITY

Athletic Movement drills can be used to build all aspects of the energy system response by simply changing tempo, speed and rest intervals

FLEXIBILITY AND MOBILITY

A focus on full range of motion exercises in dynamic warm up and motor skills enhances joint mobility

MENTAL TOUGHNESS

The mental focus required in complex movement drills teaches the athlete to engage in the precise execution of every exercise and promotes a competitive attitude and a work hard mentality

VISUAL ABILITY

The challenge of layering external reaction with complex movement challenges athletes to filter information and focus on reacting rather than on performing a drill leading to improved visual ability

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