Posts Tagged ‘sports training’

See a video showing an easy, mechanically sound way of achieving the side split. It is at https://www.stadion.com/an-easy-way-to-a-side-split/


Running is the most commonly used form of movement for developing general aerobic endurance. It is a simple, natural movement, yet people can do it wrong. For a description of the correct running technique plus info on the influence of footwear on gait and posture, which affects athletic performance in every sport and martial art, […]


Experiments done on athletes long ago (Nawrocka 1967) determined the optimal sequence for teaching a new sports technique: 1. Name the technique and give a brief description, including the key whys (yes, before a demonstration). 2. Demonstrate the whole technique at full speed. 3. Ask the athlete to give a verbal description of the technique. […]


Article titled “Bench Press: What It Does and Doesn’t Do” is posted at http://www.stadion.com/bench-press-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do/ Here is an excerpt from the article: “People often ask me how to arrange their training programs, or simply in what order to do exercises for best results. As they ask these questions they list the exercises they do. As soon […]


In the YouTube video below, Coach Tumminello talks about the use of the term functional in sports and fitness training and gives a useful definition of the term. What is Functional Training? The Real Definition My definition is similar to that of Coach Tumminello but briefer and wider. I define functional exercises as those that […]


Does your flexibility improve when you stop training? If yes, then you have the same problem as the martial artist who wrote this: > As a martial artist I stretch a lot but nothing happens. In fact when > I don’t train I become a little bit more flexible than when I train. > It […]


Workouts cause fatigue. Fatigue is necessary for making progress, but if a workout schedule is bad, the accumulating fatigue will stop an athlete’s progress. The whole article on optimizing the weekly schedule of workouts is at http://www.stadion.com/weekly-schedule-of-workouts/


Question: I am a sprinter, and I know that stretching can be detrimental to running speed, but I would still like to learn to do splits. Is there a way of learning splits that would not be detrimental to my sprinting, or even improve it? Answer: If, to increase flexibility, one does only the type […]


Someone has asked me what I think about using resistance bands in kick training, specifically Myosource Kinetic Bands. (You can see a martial arts class using these bands in the video below.) Here is my answer: With good technique, they could help. The TKD master in the video is an abysmally poor instructor, so for […]


Ernie O’Malley has sent me a link to professor Doug Richards’ (University of Toronto St. George, Physical Education & Health Department) lecture on stretching and asked about my thoughts on it. You may view the lecture here: http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?24639991001. And here are my thoughts: Great lecture. Very accessible explanation of biomechanical concepts related to stretching. Professor Richards […]