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So how do you get better at sports?
Play sports dummy! As with most things, that's all that really should need to be said after a question like this. But, of course, a more detailed explanation is needed. So, let's do that.
First off, if you have nothing else, just play your sport. I'll probably use baseball as the example here mostly as it's the sport i played the most, and I can tell you this: no amount of time spent in the gym made me a better baseball player. Playing baseball was what did that What I mean is that the skills needed to play a sport are usually pretty specific, and you need repetition after repetition to be able to excel at those skills. The gym is to help with athleticism and fitness, which translate to a greater potential to adapt to the demands of your sport. But, it doesn't actually MAKE you better at your sport.
So, let's break this down. The more athletic you are, the greater your potential to perform specific tasks. The greater your potential to perform tasks, the better you'll probably become at sport. I;m not about to get into the discussion about the best way to become more athletic; I think I cover that pretty often with most of my posts. What I'll do is supply the basics: lift heavy weights (get strong), move dynamically (become more explosive and coordinated), sprint. Boom. Obviously it's a bit more complicated when actually designing an effective program, but you really don;t need to get all fancy. If your program is overdone, you are probably putting yourself more at risk. If it's too simplistic (many baseball players I know do things like basic med ball work and lunges and twists and stuff like that, and that's it. I think that's not enough for a serious athlete) you aren't getting a solid base. But again, if you want a good example of a program that works really well for serious athletes check out: www.baseballworkout.weebly.com. Skim through the past few months and you'll see how I put it together. I am sure I'll be writing about programing plenty on this blog, as I always do, so just follow along!
So, that helps with becoming more athletic. But as I always say, simply being athletic does not make you good at a specific sport (you ever see Jason khalipa's softball throw at the 2010 CrossFit Games, or what do you think would happen if you threw a Navy SEAL into an NFL football game right quick?). To become better at your sport, you NEED TO PLAY YOUR SPORT! Strength is built through overloading your body with weight and moving (muscle tissue break down and regeneration). Stability is built through strength and forcing your body to control an imbalanced load or surface. Skill is built through repetition of that particular skill. Hitters learn to hit by swinging a baseball bat and trying to make contact with a ball as often as they can. Pitchers learn to command their pitches through rep after rep after rep of putting each pitch in a specific spot.
All this applies to any sport. If you want to be a great biker, bike; a great basketball player, play basketball a decathlete, god bless you because you are awesome! That being said, do NOT neglect the benefits of a good strength and conditioning program. becoming more athletic will do nothing but help in your efforts to perfect the skills you are working on. Anyone who says that lifting weights for their sport is pointless is grossly misinformed. No matter your sport, lifting weights WILL help you. Again, I stress that being on a specific program that's geared towards the athleticism you need will help you exponentially more. So don't just hit the gym and do random things. Find a coach who knows what he/she is talking about, who understands the demands of sports, and get on a program.
Then go out and play your sport. A lot!
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