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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 40 meters.
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 in a stationary position.  All flexibility exercises are done with body weight only.
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
10
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.



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
10
reps
Squat Posterior Reach
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Body weight only or a pair of light Dumbbells or Sandbells



Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Athlete will squat and reach back with the right hand to touch the ground behind the right foot.  Stand up and repeat squat reaching back with the left hand to touch the ground behind the left foot.  Perform for desired number of repetitions.

Athlete will start by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Athlete will squat and reach back with the right hand to an area behind the right shoulder.  Stand up and repeat squat reaching back with the left hand to an area behind the left shoulder.  Perform for desired number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Use good squatting form.
  • Try to touch the ground behind each foot.
  • Try to reach as far back behind the shoulder as possible.
  • Rotate the trunk with each reach.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use light dumbbells or sandbells.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Change the height of the reach and/or depth of the squat.
x
10
reps
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
20
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
10
reps
Butt Burner (Loaded)
Objective: Lower Body Strength, Upper Body Strength, Mobility

Equipment and Setup:

Dumbbell or Sandbell.



Technique/Execution:

Stand on left leg.  Hold dumbbell in right hand.  Squat as low as you can control (up to 90º) and reach your right hand outside your left foot.  Stand up and repeat for designated number of repetitions.  Switch feet and hold dumbbell in your left hand.  Repeat exercise.



Coaching Cues:
  • Focus on sitting your hips back.
  • Athlete does not bend at waist.
  • Keeping your chest up.
  • Control the weight at all times.
  • Keep your head up and lock your eyes on a single point to help maintain balance.
Assessment:
  • Knee travels over toes.
  • Head and chest stay up.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase the weight.
  • Reach to floor.
  • Butt Burner (4-way).
Decrease Challenge:
  • Bodyweight only.
x
10
reps
Prep
X
3
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
30
sec
Squat and Reach
Objective:

Mobility



Equipment and Setup:

None



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.
  • Use your hips and legs to initiate the swing of the arms.
  • Keep a strong back and look forward the whole time.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use light dumbbells or sandbells.
Decrease Challenge:

x
30
sec
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
30
sec
Ankle Hops
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Stand tall with arms at side and feet directly under hips.  With legs completely straight, jump in the air with a slight flex in the hip and bring your toes to the ceiling.  The jump comes from the hip flexion and a slight bounce on your toes. Jump again immediately upon landing. Repeat for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep knees straight.
  • Get off the ground quickly.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Broad Jump Stick and Sprint.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Vertical Jump and Stick.
x
30
sec
Bucket #1
X
5
As fast as possible
Burpees
Objective: Total Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Start in square stance.  Squat down low and place hands in front of you on floor.  Kick legs back into a hand plank position.  Jump feet back in, coming into low squat again and then jump up as high as possible.  Repeat for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Before attempting a Burpee, athlete should be able to execute a Hand Plank for at least 45 seconds.
  • Keep back straight in hand plank position.
  • Fully extend hips while jumping up.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can achieve proper hand plank position during Burpee.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a Push-up at the Hand Plank position.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Hand Plank.
x
15
reps
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
Box Jumps
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: Box (12" to 36") or other object to jump onto.

Technique/Execution: Stand in front of box or a stool.  Set feet shoulder width apart and about 2 feet away from box.  Jump straight up and land on box softly.  Step down to ground/lower box to get back into starting position.  Repeat.

 



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep chest and head up.
  • Swing your arms from back to forward to assist in the jump.
  • Land as softly as possible.
  • Start with smallest box and move up to higher box when comfortable.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a higher box.
  • Jump off box with two feet and land softly.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lower box.
  • Step Ups on Box
x
10
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
10
reps
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
5
reps
Chest Press - Alternating on Bench (Flat)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells and a bench

Technique/Execution: Athlete will lie on bench while keeping feet flat on the floor.  Position the dumbbells to the side of your chest.  Press dumbbell up with right arm and keep elbows to the sides until arm are extended and then lower the weight down to side of upper chest (2” above chest). The opposite arm remains in the starting position until the right dumbbell returns to the start position.  Repeat on left side.  Continue this movement of right and then left for the designated number of repetitions.

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 tempo.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weights.
  • Change tempo.
x
5
reps
1 mile run
X
1
Hill Sprints
X
15
TReadmill set at 8MPH and 8% incline. Sprint :30 and rest :30 15 rounds
Cool Down
X
1
The Cool Down is performed in a stationary position.  Hold each stretch for a longer amount of time.
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
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
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
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
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.



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