A Balanced Athlete Is…

A Balanced Athlete Is…

by Dave King, Nebraska Territory Manager

We all look in the mirror in the morning and make our own judgments, but not everyone has a 4-way mirror to check how they look at all angles.  We concentrate on our face, chest, shoulders, belt line and whether our boot tips are shiny.  Eventually, we walk out into the real world, and all sides are seen at 360 degree angles; more judgments are made.  When programming an athlete’s training, we want to not only consider the muscles they see in the mirror but what can bring balance to dynamic athletic movements.  A balanced training program can produce an injury-free, strong, fast and powerful athlete.  The easiest way to balance their training is through postural pairing of their exercises.  Training the biceps can be balanced by training the triceps…training the quadriceps can be balanced by training the hamstring muscles…training the pectorals can be balanced by training the lat muscles.  Balance can also be introduced from top to bottom(literally) when considering the glutes.  How many times do you see a male athlete with over-developed shoulders and underdeveloped calves, upper legs and glutes?  The athlete may push opponents around in the first half, but will tire and weaken in the 2nd half if they have no lower body muscular endurance.  An unbalanced athlete may put up excellent numbers in the weight room, but cannot translate these numbers to elite athleticism on game-day.  So, when we use the term balanced, we are really talking about “functional” training.  Being a functional athlete means:  Can you apply the results of your training to the real world?  Can you function in a 360-degree environment with strength, speed & power?  One such training tool we can use to easily pair our muscle movements are functional cable machines.  They allow an athlete to efficiently train postural muscle pairs by using rotating pulley arms that go from narrow to wide and hi to low.  There is an endless amount of exercises that you can train with a functional cable machine, when paired with a variety of handle attachments.  Some examples are a standing chest press, mid-row, cable lunge and standing hamstring curl.  The best feature of a functional cable machine is there’s so much training variety in a very small footprint.  They are balanced training & space efficiency all wrapped in one economic solution.  The next time you are looking for tools to balance your sports performance programming, please review selections for functional cable machines.  That way, your athletes will look good running onto the field, stay injury free, and look even better running off with the victory.

Dave King, The Weight Room Architect

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