4DU Performance Consultant
What Makes Specialists Unique Athletes?
Rotational power, leg speed, and stability (balance) is key for specialists. Specialists need a strong foundation, starting from the lower body and moving up through the kinetic chain. An athlete's body needs to flow and work together as a whole to generate the power required to kick touchbacks, net 40+ yards, and be reliable from 55+ yards. We focus on 3 aspects of training to reach our goals:
1. Heavy Loads
Specialists need to move some heavy things at times to increase FIBER RECRUITMENT, MUSCLE SIZE and TENDON STRENGTH.
2. Move Weight Fast
Specialists need to move weight fast to increase FIBER RECRUITMENT, POWER DEVELOPMENT, and RATE OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT.
3. Move Your Body Fast
Includes jumping, sprinting, skipping etc. This will increase specialists' COORDINATION, BONE DENSITY, and PROPRIOCEPTION (BALANCE)
*We are athletes who are specialists
Should Specialists Lift Weights?
First, let’s look at what training really is. It is a designed system that extracts physiological and or neurological adaptations that brings us closer to our goal. An intelligent exercise regimen optimizes performance, and in most cases, increases power when kicking and punting.
Effective weight lifting programs for specialists are designed to accommodate the needs of kickers, punters, and snappers. One of the most important things to note is training in the weight room will NOT fix on field performance. It can enhance your skill set, but weight training will not directly fix mechanics.
Lifting weights correctly can enhance your skill through increasing fiber recruitment, rate of force development, coordination, tendon strength, etc. Strength training can help you become an elite specialist, but it starts with an intelligent exercise regimen that directly benefits your skill set.
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