Although we are temporarily closed and Spring sports are cancelled, athletes should view this time period as another chance to get better. Our Parisi athletes know how to work hard and can get the work done at home. Quarantine shouldn’t be used as a reason or excuse to fall behind this Spring, especially after all the hard work athletes put in over the winter.
Of course no athlete wants to hear that their Spring season is cancelled, but this can ignite another level of hard work. The focus now shifts to “How do I keep improving over the Spring and Summer?” Our speed and strength workout can do just that, keeping athlete conditioned, getting them outside, and most importantly, staying active.
Seated Arm Action
Athletes start with their elbows at 90 degrees, shoulders back, chest up maintaining posture with slightly bent knees. Then bring one hand behind the back pocket and then up to the chin. Athletes should start off slow and controlled, working the technique. And then slowly add speed and increasing velocity. Athletes should go for 5 seconds.
Vertical jumps are great for developing power and strength in the lower body. First, athletes have to make sure that they are landing correctly. Athletes should do Snap Downs to understand how to land – decelerate, come into the landing position, and catch it.
Now for the vertical jump. Athletes reach up as high as they can and snap down with the landing softly. The goal is to land softly and make little noise when you land, absorbing the force when you come down.
Do 6 reps in a row as high as you can taking advantage of the stretch in the muscles and the fascia.
Cycling Over Ankle
Athlete will step forward in a cycling action, where they are imagining stepping over the opposite ankle height, landing on the entire foot. Arms are at 90 degrees. This should be done with short, choppy steps.
On this exercise, you want the entire foot to land. It is okay for the heel strike to take place, as athletes are working to activate the glutes in a cycle over the ankle.
Stay On Top Of Your Game While You Stay At Home
All of these exercises will keep athletes on track, keeping in mind the perfect form they have developed while working at Parisi. Focus is key at a time like this, and this focus can easily take place at home. If you have any questions on how to keep your athlete engaged, reach out to us at [email protected]!