Parents, have you got a high schooler who loves playing sports but finds it difficult to break into the varsity squad, or maybe they struggle to make the starting team?
Maybe they play an individual sport like tennis but find it difficult to keep up with the competition? Or do they have ambition to attend an elite college program and just need that extra edge to gain recognition?
CrossFit For Glory is pleased to offer sports conditioning programs that can help your child achieve their fitness and personal goals! These can be done in a group setting, or 1-1 with a private trainer.
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Our program caters to your child’s individual sport needs—using an approach backed by science—at key times in the training calendar. All the while, your child will train alongside other likeminded athletes, and each will benefit from the friendly competition and sense of community that is a hallmark of CrossFit For Glory.
Here, we train to enhance the essential qualities that underpin your child’s sport performance — strength, power, speed, agility, and cardiovascular fitness. Different from other programs, our sports conditioning program is based on the scientific training principle of periodization. Like the seasons of a year, your child’s training will be varied depending on which phase of the sport season they are in, which sport they play, and which position they prefer.
How that Looks in Practice –
During the regular season, the primary goal for any athlete is to be at a maximal state of readiness to play. This means their movements need to be quick and explosive, and oftentimes they need to be repeated over and over again. Yet quickness and explosiveness ultimately come from being strong, and muscles don’t just become strong in a few workouts before tryouts start. At CrossFit For Glory, we work on building strong muscles during the months of your child’s off-season. It’s here that we build a foundation for quick and explosive movement by adding size to the muscles — after all, bigger muscles are stronger muscles!
Once pre-season approaches, we shift our focus to testing how much strength that new muscle growth has, and we start to promote greater intermuscular coordination — a fancy way of saying that all of the muscle fibers start to work together to produce more force. In addition, many of the exercises begin to incorporate speed and intensity into the movement so that your child moves closer to a state of readiness when it comes time for tryouts. During the regular season, the main focus is maintaining the strength and power gains that were made during the previous phases. This results in resiliency and a reduced injury potential.
After the final game of the season, post-season is a perfect time for your child to recover from the grueling demands of sport: exercises are designed to promote regeneration of lost muscle tissue, recuperate from any minor injuries or pain, and to address any movement dysfunction or strength imbalances noticed during play. Then the process starts all over again, but always making progressive strides toward your child’s goals.
Sport of Choice:
Not all sports are alike. Take football and soccer, for instance. While football players have frequent periods of rest in between each play, soccer players are almost always moving and only have infrequent breaks. Football players require both upper body and lower body strength, whereas soccer players need to focus more on their lower body. Also, for each down, a football player must exert his full energy, but a soccer player’s movement ranges from intense to pedestrian during the course of play. Lastly, while football players begin regular season practices and games, soccer players should be using this time for pre-season training.
Even within the same sport there are subtle differences between players of different positions. In volleyball, the outside hitter would benefit from training that enhanced her approach jumps and rapid-fire spikes, while setters and back row players must prioritize reactive agility drills in their training. Pitchers in baseball, quarterbacks in football, and goalkeepers in soccer all perform different skills on the field compared to their teammates; the roles of an offensive lineman and wide receiver are also very different, and their training should reflect this. At CrossFit For Glory, we understand the nuances or sport and position, and we program exercises that with this in mind.
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