The game is changing. Athletes are becoming faster, quicker, more explosive, and powerful than ever. All across the board at every position. However, most notably on the defensive front. Not too long ago, the average defensive lineman was heavier and strong, but lacked the athleticism of today’s players.
Whenever most athletes think of conditioning or getting in shape for the season, one of the first things that come to mind is running a bunch of miles and or increasing “cardio” so they can “be in shape”. No matter what sport. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, Lacrosse…it doesn’t matter.
“The benefits of strength to athletic performance are experienced as long as the neuromuscular system maintains the cellular adaptations induced by training” There are 3 Phases to an annual cycle for any athlete: Off season. Pre season. In season. No matter when the actual season is for the sport, the in season performance is a direct result of preparation during the “off season” and the “pre season”.