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Training Zone   Daily Session
General Conditioning Travel
General Warmup
X
1
Complete each exercise for 15 yards down and back.  Always face in the same direction when moving laterally.  Begin every warm-up with an easy jog down and back
Warm Up - Forward Shuffles
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will face 45º to the direction of movement and perform two shuffles in a gallop pattern leading with the front foot. Turn 90º and perform two more shuffles leading with the other foot.  Repeat.  Always turn 90º towards the direction of movement.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep hips lowered.
  • Shuffle without crossing feet.
  • Perform 2 shuffles one direction, and then transition to the opposite direction.
  • Shuffles are 45º.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the shuffles in the proper pattern and change of direction.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase speed.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward gallop.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Butt Kickers
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and bring their heel up to strike their butt with each stride.



Coaching Cues:
  • Traveling forward in running form, heel touches butt with each stride.
  • Elbows at right angles (L).
  • Hands will move from temple to hip.
Assessment:
  • Athlete exhibits the flexibility required to bring heel to butt with both sides.
Increase Challenge:
  • Warm Up - Thigh Kickers.
  • Increase speed of execution.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Warm Up - High Knees
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and bring their knee up to the level of their waist with every stride. Try to keep the strides consistent.



Coaching Cues:
  • Traveling forward in the running form, knee comes up to waist level with every stride.
  • Elbows at right angles (L).
  • Hands will move from temple to hip.
  • Try not to break stride.
Assessment:
  • Athlete exhibits the flexibility required to bring knee up to waist on both sides.
  • Athlete is able to execute the coordination of this exercise over designated length.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase speed of execution.
  • Perform high knees with every third step.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Side Shuffles
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will face 90º to the direction of movement and shuffle leading with the front foot.  Hips and shoulders should be squared, and remain so, throughout the exercise.  Feet do not cross and feet do not click.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stay low.
  • Shuffle sideways without crossing the legs.
  • Do not let feet “click” (hit each other).
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the shuffles without crossing or clicking their feet.
Increase Challenge:
  • Lowering the hips.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Carioca
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Traveling sideways, trunk is stationary and hips are twisting side to side as the legs alternate from forward to backward.  Grapevine pattern which is across, side, behind, side.



Coaching Cues:
  • Shoulders should be squared throughout the exercise.
  • Hips will rotate to the left and right sides.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can complete the pattern properly.
Increase Challenge:
  • Carioca with high knee.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Side Shuffle or Forward Shuffle.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Inside Touch (every 3rd step)
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and bring their foot up to thigh height.  Tap the inside of the foot with opposite hand. Alternate feet every three steps.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stand up straight and bring foot up to thigh rather than hand down to foot.
  • Try to keep in stride.
Assessment:
Athlete can execute skill with 5 taps right hand and 5 taps left hand while maintaining same speed. Increase Challenge:
  • Alternate with outside foot taps.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform exercise while walking.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Outside Foot Touch (3-step)
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and raise their foot to the side and bring their foot to their hand.  Tap the outside of the foot with same side hand. Alternate feet every three steps.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stand up straight and bring foot up to knee height rather than hand down to foot.
  • Try to keep in stride.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute skill with 5 taps right hand and 5 taps left hand while maintaining same speed.
Increase Challenge:
  • Combine with Inside Foot Tap.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform exercise while walking.
x
1
reps
Dynamic Stretch
X
1
This dynamic stretch is with continual movement.  Hold each movement until you feel the stretch.
Flexibility - Knee Hugs
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will raise one knee to waist height and grab the area just below the knee with both hands.  Pull the knee up and in towards your chest while rising onto the toe of the foot still on the ground.  Hold for 2 seconds and then release knee and step forward onto that foot.  Bring the other knee up to waist height, grab that knee with both hands, and pull that knee up and in towards your chest.  Hold for 2 seconds.  Continue repeating the process for the designated length or number of reps.

Coaching Cues:
  • Grab leg just below the knee.
  • Rise onto the toe of the foot still on the ground.
  • Pause for 2 seconds to get the proper stretch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can perform the stretch and hold without losing balance for at least 2 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Quad Stretch
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will take a step forward with the left foot and raise their heel of their right foot towards their butt.  Grab the right foot with the right hand at the top of the laces.  Athlete will then bend forward and pull the foot towards the butt while reaching straight out with the left hand.  Hold for 2 seconds, release foot, and step forward onto that foot.  Repeat with the left foot being grabbed.  Continue for the designated length or number of reps.

Coaching Cues:
  • Make sure athlete is balanced throughout the stretch.
  • Pause for 2 seconds to get the proper stretch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can perform the stretch and hold without losing balance for at least 2 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Figure 4's
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will take a step forward with the left foot and raise their heel of their right foot in front of their left thigh.  Grab the right foot with the left hand and cradle the right knee with the right forearm.  Once in that figure 4 position, pull the right leg up and hold for 2 seconds.  Release the leg and step forward onto that foot.  Repeat with the left foot being grabbed.  Continue for the designated length or number of reps.

Coaching Cues:
  • Make sure athlete is balanced throughout the stretch.
  • Pause for 2 seconds to get the proper stretch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can perform the stretch and hold without losing balance for at least 2 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Lateral Lunge with Weight Shift
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will face 90º towards the direction of movement.  Lunge to the right landing on heel then forefoot. Lower body by flexing knee and hip of right leg, keeping knee pointed same direction of foot. Reach forward with left hand to right foot and then backward with the right hand to the left foot.  Come up to neutral position and then make a 180º turn and lunge to the left with the left foot.  Reach forward with the right hand to the left foot and than backward with the left hand to the right foot.  Come up to neutral position, turn, and repeat.  Feet stay flat on ground throughout exercise.

Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight and head up during stretch.
  • Pause for 1 second with each reach to get the proper stretch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute stretch with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Flexibility - Lateral Lunge with Toe Up.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Retro Lunge
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Take a small step backwards with the left foot and straighten the right leg while pointing the right toes up.  Reach down with both hands and touch the right toes.  Hold this position for 2 seconds and then stand up and take a small step backwards with the right leg.  Reach down to the left toes which should be pointed up.  Repeat.

Coaching Cues:
  • Hold the reach for 2 seconds.
  • Make sure to keep the forward leg straight and the back knee slightly bent.
  • You can reach outside the foot to get a deeper stretch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can touch their toes with both hands.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
  • Athlete reaches as low as comfortable.
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Lunge and Inside Touch
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will lunge forward with the left foot.  Reach towards the inside of the left foot with both hands and touch the ground.  Come up to neutral position and lunge forward with the right foot.  Reach inside the right foot and try touch the ground with both hands.  Repeat.

Coaching Cues:
  • Hold the reach for 2 seconds.
  • The lunge should be a good and deep lunge.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute stretch with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
  • Reach as low as comfortable without touching the ground.
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Inchworm with Cobra
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will get in a hand plank (high pushup) position. Walk your feet up to your hands as your butt rises in the air - you are in a pike position. When the feet are as close to the hands as possible, walk your hands forward until you are back in a hand plank position.  Drop your hips, arch your back, and lift your head. Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move slowly through this stretch.
  • Try to keep hands and feet flat on the ground.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute stretch with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Prep
X
3

Various Hurdle Drills

Shoulder Swings (loaded)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells, Sandbells or Kettle Bell

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing in a squared stance.  Squat down and reach back with both arms. Explode up with the legs and let momentum flex both shoulders up.  Decelerate and repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Butt back and bending your knees slightly as you swing the dumbbells.
  • Use your hips and legs to swing the dumbbells up and over your shoulders if you can.
  • Keep a strong back and look forward the whole time.
Assessment:
  • Execute the exercise with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Progress to using a heavier weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform the exercise with a lighter weight.
x
30
sec
Squat - Split Stance with Object Overhead
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Stick, Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing in a split stance, knees slightly flexed, and holding a stick overhead. Squat down by bending your forward leg until your front thigh is parallel to the ground and your rear knee almost touches the ground. Stand up and repeat for the designated number of repetitions. Switch legs and repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight and chest upright.
  • Look forward.
  • Avoid back knee hitting ground.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Split Squat to Overhead Press.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Split Squat.
x
30
sec
Medicine Ball - Slams (2-way Square Stance)
Objective: Full Body Strength and Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution: Start with feet shoulder-width apart with a medicine ball held over your head with both hands. Jump up and bring your arms down the front of your body towards your hips.  Explosively throw the medicine ball directly down into the floor and to the outside of your right foot.  Bring the ball back over your head and repeat the exercise to the outside of your left foot.



Coaching Cues:
  • Release the ball once your arms are almost completely lowered.
  • Finish in a squatted position and catch the ball as it bounces up towards you.
  • As you throw the ball down, make sure you are keeping your abdominal muscles braced.
  • If using a bouncy medicine ball, make sure that you have ample space for safety.  if you are using a non-bouncy medicine ball (a "dead" ball) make sure you are on a solid, stable floor that can support the force of the weight being thrown explosively into the floor.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a heavier ball.
  • Perform exercise in a split stance or on a single leg.
  • 3-way Slam.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lighter ball.
  • 1-way Slam.
x
30
sec
Hurdle Drills - Backward Shuffles
Objective: Speed, Conditioning, Agility

Equipment and Setup: 8-10 hurdles

Technique/Execution:

Set up a series of hurdles (8-10) on the training floor. Have athlete face away from the hurdles starting on the left side. The athlete will then backward shuffle through the hurdles to the right and then the left and back through the right. Continue this movement until the end of the hurdles.  Jog back to the beginning of the hurdles and repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Drop the hips and shuffle from a low position.
  • Be deliberate as you move through the hurdles.
  • Keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the shuffles in the proper pattern and change of direction while avoiding the hurdles.
Increase Challenge:
  • Hurdle Drills - Gallops

Decrease Challenge:
  • Hurdle Drills - Forward Shuffles.
x
30
sec
Strength
X
4
Chin ups
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Pull up bar

Technique/Execution:

Athlete stands on bench or box and grips bar with palms facing in and hands shoulder width apart.  Lower yourself slowly until arms are fully extended.  Pull yourself up until you chin rises above the bar.  Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move under control.
  • Do not swing your hips.
  • Fully extend your arms with each repetition.
Assessment:
  • Record maximum number of repetitions athlete can perform.
Increase Challenge:
  • Pull Ups.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Athlete can use a band or a spotter to assist.
x
30
sec
dB Chest Press (Incline)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells and a bench

Technique/Execution:

When performing incline chest press place the bench at a 45º angle. Athlete will sit on bench while keeping feet flat on the floor.  Position the dumbbells to the side of your chest.  Press the dumbbells up directly above each shoulder.  Lower the weight back to starting position.  Repeat.

 



Coaching Cues:
  • Abs tight.
  • Feet flat on the floor.  
  • Control the weight at all times and use full range of motion.
Assessment:
  • Do 10 repetition maximum ("RM") and record weight.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add weight.
  • Change tempos.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weights.
  • Change tempos.
x
30
sec
Pile Driver
Objective: Lower Body Strength and Power

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution:

Start in a squared stance, holding a dumbbell with both hands.  Squat and drop weight between knees then accelerate it straight up and forward in front of your head.  Bring weight back down between knees and repeat for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep head facing forward, back straight, chest high, arms straight, and feet flat on floor.
  • Equal distribution of weight through forefoot and heel.
Assessment:
  • Athlete executes the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
30
sec
dB Dead Lift
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells, Sandbells, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution:

Start in square stance holding dumbbells at side. Drop into a squat by bending knees and sitting back with the hips.  Keep head and back straight and knees pointed same direction as feet. Descend until thighs are just past parallel to the floor. Stand straight up.  Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep head facing forward and back straight.
  • Keep chest high and arms straight to sides with feet flat on floor.
  • Sit back with weight on the heels of your feet.
  • Knees should point same direction as feet throughout movement.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Deadlift with Barbell.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
30
sec
Airdyne Bike Sprint
Objective:

Equipment and Setup:

Technique/Execution:

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
30
sec
Fitness
X
1

5k time trial

Conditioning
X
6
4 minute hard Run with 1:30 minute rest
Home or Travel Workout
X
1

5k Run followed by 3 rounds of the exercises

Push Ups
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

None



Technique/Execution:

Athlete lies prone on floor with hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Raise body up off floor by extending arms with body straight.

Keeping the body straight, lower body to floor by bending arms to 90º. Push body up until arms are extended. Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep core tight.
  • Maintain strong position throughout out exercise.
  • Use full range of motion.
  • Hands should be flat and keep shoulders over hands.
Assessment:
  • Record number of push-ups in a minute with good form - arms to 90º.
Increase Challenge:
  • Elevate feet.
  • Wear a weight vest.
  • Perform them with a single leg.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform push-ups with knees bent.
  • Hand Plank - High Hold.
  • Perform push-ups with hands on a bench or a wall. 
x
15
reps
Squats
Objective: Lower body strength

Equipment and Setup:

none



Technique/Execution: Athlete stands with feet shoulder width apart. Keeping the upper body tall and chin lifted draw the butt back and down with maintaining a strong core and weight in the heels of the foot.

Coaching Cues:
Chest tall, hips back, wait back, rigid core, flat back Assessment:
  • Athlete can perform exercise with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Squats with Dumbbells (pictured)
  • Squat and Reach
  • Overhead Stick Squat
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward Lunge
x
15
reps
Tricep Extension on Bench
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Dumbbells, Sandbells, and a Bench.



Technique/Execution:

Lie on bench and position dumbbells overhead with arms straight. Lower dumbbells by bending elbow until they are next to your ears. Extend arms. Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Don't bounce at bottom of movement.
  • Elbows stay directly above shoulders.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Use an EZ Curlbar.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
15
reps
Scissor Jumps
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Stand in a split stance with knees lightly flexed.  Dip down and jump straight up. Switch lead leg in the air.  Land softly.  Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight and chest upright.
  • Look forward.
  • Avoid back knee hitting ground.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a weight vest.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Split Squats (no jumps/switches).
x
15
reps
Cool Down
X
1
The Cool Down is performed in a stationary position.  Hold each stretch for a longer amount of time.  This Cool Down includes core exercises.
Plank (4 point)
Objective: Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Get in the top of a push-up position and lower your upper body onto your forearms rather than your hands.  Elbows should be directly under your shoulders and your arms at a 90º angle.  Keep your feet together and your back and legs straight.  Keep your head in a neutral position and look straight down.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep your core tight.
  • Keep your back flat.
  • Do not let your hips sag.
  • Do not raise your hips.
Assessment:

       
  • Measure the length of time you are able to hold this position in good form...up to 60 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a weight vest.
  • Move to High Front Bridge.
  • Change to 3-Point Bridge.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Raise your hips if you get tired.
  • Drop to your knees.
x
1
min
Side Plank (feet together)
Objective: Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Lie on your side with one foot on top of the other.  Rest your upper body on your forearm that is perpendicular to your body. Raise your hips so they are straight in line with the rest of your body.  Extend your other hand straight up into the air.  Look straight ahead.  Switch sides.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep your core tight.
  • Keep your back flat.
  • Do not let your hips sag.
  • Do not raise your hips.
Assessment:

  • Measure the length of time you are able to hold this position in good form...up to 60 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a weight vest.
  • Performing Side Plank in a High Hold position.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
min
Pick up and Reach 4-way (loaded)
Objective: Full Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Sandbells or Dumbbells

Technique/Execution:

Opposite arm/leg:  Athlete will start by standing in split stance, left leg forward.  Begin by reaching forward and across your body with right hand, weight onto the front leg (anterior lunge position).  Decelerate this motion.  Shift weight to right leg and reach posteriorly over the right shoulder.  Repeat exercise with opposite hand and leg.

Same side arm/leg:  Standing in split stance, left leg forward.  Begin by reaching forward and medial to left knee with left hand, simultaneously shifting weight onto front leg.  Decelerate this motion.  Shift weight to right leg and reach posteriorly over left shoulder.  Repeat exercise with right leg forward.



Coaching Cues:
  • Athletic stance with knees slightly bent.
  • Shift weight from front to back.
  • Back heel up when shifting weight forward.
  • Toe up in front when shifting weight back.
Assessment:

       
  • Athlete can execute exercise while demonstrating proper weight shift fore and aft.
Increase Challenge:
    .
Decrease Challenge:
  • Body weight only.
x
6
reps
Knee Machine (Hula)
Objective: Lower Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution: Standing in a squared stance, shift weight to the right side as if to sit down on a chair directly to your right.  Simultaneously turn shoulders and trunk to the left rotating to the opposite direction of the wt. shift keeping the left knee straight and the left foot flat on the ground.  Finish by reaching to a spot waist high directly to your left.  Come back to the start position and repeat to the opposite side.

Coaching Cues:
  • Chest and head up.
  • Sit from your hips.
  • Toes down.
Assessment:

  • Athlete can execute with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • As balance and control improve, emphasize range of motion by sitting down and reaching as far as possible.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use body weight only.
x
6
reps
Flexibility - Quad Stretch
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will take a step forward with the left foot and raise their heel of their right foot towards their butt.  Grab the right foot with the right hand at the top of the laces.  Athlete will then bend forward and pull the foot towards the butt while reaching straight out with the left hand.  Hold for 2 seconds, release foot, and step forward onto that foot.  Repeat with the left foot being grabbed.  Continue for the designated length or number of reps.

Coaching Cues:
  • Make sure athlete is balanced throughout the stretch.
  • Pause for 2 seconds to get the proper stretch.
Assessment:

  • Athlete can perform the stretch and hold without losing balance for at least 2 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
6
reps
Objective:

Equipment and Setup:

Technique/Execution:

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:

Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
Shoulder Punches - Square Stance (loaded)
Objective: Upper Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing in a squared stance with both elbows flexed and situated to the side.  Punch to the right side with your left arm (turn right as you punch) and at the same time shift your weight to the right side.  Reach out to the side as far as you can.  Repeat with right arm.



Coaching Cues:
  • Allow the lower body to react to the punches.
  • Always return to the start position.
Assessment:

  • Athlete can execute using proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Perform while moving laterally.
Decrease Challenge:
  •  Body weight only.
x
6
reps
Flexibility - Arm Swings
Objective:

Mobility



Equipment and Setup:

Body Weight, Light Dumbbells or Sandbells



Technique/Execution:

Stand in a square stance. Swing your arms across your body in multiple ways (see video).



Coaching Cues:
  • Rotate your trunk.
  • Reach high with the lead arm.
Assessment:

  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.

Increase Challenge:

Decrease Challenge:

x
6
reps