A smarter way to train.

From Olympians to amateurs,
we train athletes and coaches.
CATZ Athletes are durable, coachable, and perform better in competition.
Become a CATZ Coach
Have a greater impact on your team, school, club, or community by becoming a CATZ Coach. We will teach you how to deliver the most effective sports performance training program today.

Join the movement of passionate coaches who want to integrate speed, conditioning, agility, mobility, and power into their practice plans to enhance athleticism and keep their athletes on the field.
CATZ Moment:
Misty May-Treanor
"After winning the Gold Medal match in Beijing, I realized that training at CATZ makes playing the game easy."
-Misty May-Treanor
Training Zone   Daily Session
General Conditioning Travel
General Warmup
X
1
Execute each exercise for 20 yards and then jog back to start.  Repeat any lateral movements (ie; side shuffles, carioca, etc.) and face opposite direction.  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 - Skips
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

The skipping motion requires the athlete to move forward utilizing a step-hop pattern with an opposite arm and leg action.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move forward in the following pattern...step, hop, switch legs, step, hop.
  • Opposite arm and leg action.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the step hop pattern with the correct opposite arm and leg action.
Increase Challenge:
  • Skip for height.
  • Skip for distance.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward gallop.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Skips with Arm Swings
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

The skipping motion requires the athlete to move forward utilizing a step-hop pattern.  Arms cross in front of the chest with every other step hop and arms reach behind the shoulders with every other step hop.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move forward in the following pattern...step, hop, switch legs, step hop.
  • Arms cross in front of chest.
  • Arms reach behind shoulder.

 

Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the step hop pattern with proper swing of the arms in front of chest and behind shoulders.
Increase Challenge:
  • Skip for height.
  • Skip for distance.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward gallop.
  • Skip.
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 - 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
2
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
2
reps
Warm Up - Backward Shuffles
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will face 45º opposite to the direction of movement and perform two backward shuffles in a gallop pattern leading with the front foot. Turn 90º and perform two more backward 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:
  • Drop lower in stance.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward Shuffles.
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
TRX - Row
Objective:

Upper Body Strength



Equipment and Setup: TRX hanging from rack 7-9 ft tall or suspended from wall or door.

Technique/Execution:

·       Start in a square stance with body in a straight line from heels to head facing the anchor point. Keeping arms straight, walk feet in towards anchor point with tension on straps. Body should be at about a 45 degree angle. Palms should face each other throughout movement. To begin the movement, squeeze shoulder blades back and down while pulling torso towards hands keeping your elbows close to your body. Lower your body back to the starting position and repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Posture: KEEP CORE TIGHT THROUGH EXERCISE.
  • Keep TRX straps tight, there should be no slack in the straps while performing movement.
  • Straps should not touch any part on the body other than hands.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Move feet closer to anchor point.
  • Narrow (feet together) stance.
  • Single leg/arm
    • One arm two legs
    • One leg two arms
    • Opposite arm/opposite leg
    • Same arm/Same leg
  • High Row
    • Upper arm parallel to floor
Decrease Challenge:
  • Move feet further away from anchor point
  • Stagger stance
x
15
reps
TRX - Push Up
Objective:

Upper Body Strength



Equipment and Setup: TRX hanging from rack 7-9 ft tall or suspended from wall or door.

Technique/Execution:

        Stand with feet shoulder width apart, facing away from the anchor point with your hands holding the handles. Keep body in a straight line, arms straight, walk feet toward anchor point (about 45º angle). Bend at the elbows while keeping the rest of body in straight line and lower your body down until your chest reaches the handles. Push body back up. This completes one repetition.



Coaching Cues:
  • Posture: KEEP CORE TIGHT THROUGH EXERCISE.
  • Keep TRX straps tight, there should be no slack in the straps while performing movement.
  • Straps should not touch any part on the body other than hands.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Move feet closer to anchor point.
  • Narrow (feet together) stance.
  • Single leg/arm
  • Feet in handles, hands on ground
Decrease Challenge:
  • Move feet further away from anchor point
  • Stagger stance
x
15
reps
TRX - Pistol Squat
Objective:

Lower Body Strength



Equipment and Setup: TRX hanging from rack 7-9 ft tall or suspended from wall or door.

Technique/Execution:

        Facing the anchor point, grab handles and raise right leg out in front of you off the ground.  Stand so the knee is not going past the toe on the left leg.  Begin exercise by squatting down on left leg while keeping right leg off ground. Squat down to about 90º at the knee.  Drive through the ground with heel and return back to the starting position.  This completes one rep.  Repeat his same process for the opposite leg



Coaching Cues:
  • Posture: KEEP CORE TIGHT THROUGH EXERCISE.
  • Keep TRX straps tight, there should be no slack in the straps while performing movement.
  • Do not pull up with your arms...let your legs do the work.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Pistol Squat and Hop
  • Piston Squat and Row
  • Add Weight Vest or Change Tempo
Decrease Challenge:
  • Two Legged Squat
  • Single Leg Squat w/o the TRX
x
15
reps
Airdyne Bike Sprint
Objective:

Equipment and Setup:

Technique/Execution:

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
30
sec
Strength
X
4
dB Chest Press - Alternating on Bench (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 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.



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:
  • Use heavier weights.
  • Change tempos.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weights.
  • Change tempos.
x
5
reps
Squats (loaded)
Objective: Lower body strength

Equipment and Setup:

Pair of dumbbells or sandbells.



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:
  • Overhead Stick Squat
Decrease Challenge:
  • Squats
  • Squat and Reach
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
15
reps
Medicine Ball - Slams (1-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.  Bring the ball back over your head and repeat the exercise.


Coaching Cues:
  • Release the ball once your arms are almost completely lowered.
  • Throw it down onto the floor directly between your feet.
  • 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.
  • 2-way or 3-way Slam.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lighter ball.
x
20
reps
Fitness
X
3
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
40
sec
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
40
sec
Shuffle Shuffle Sprint
Objective: Conditioning, Agility, Quickness

Equipment and Setup: 4 cones

Technique/Execution:

Shuffle Shuffle Sprint works on conditioning, lateral movement and quickness.  To set up the exercise you need 4 cones set up in pairs 25 yards apart.  The cones in each pair should be 5 yards apart.  Athlete will shuffle forward and back in the first pair of cones and then sprint to the far end of the next set of cones.  There they will repeat the shuffle forward and back before sprinting back to the first set of cones.  Repeat for designated number of sets.



Coaching Cues:
  • Lower hips for the shuffle.
  • Accelerate quickly out of the shuffle into the sprint. 
  • Do not cross feet or click feet together during shuffles.
Assessment:
  • Complete Shuffle, Shuffle, Sprint twice for time.
Increase Challenge:
  • Carioca instead of Shuffles.
  • Increase number of times through.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease number of times through.
  • Decrease distance between cones.
x
40
sec
Farmer's Walk
Objective:

Upper Body Strength, Core Strength, Grip Strength



Equipment and Setup:

Pair of heavy dumbbells or sandbells.



Technique/Execution:

Start standing between two heavy dumbbells.  After gripping the handles, lift them up by driving through your heels, keeping your back straight and your head up.  Walk taking short, quick steps, and don't forget to breathe.  Move for a given distance and a controlled manner.


Coaching Cues:

  • Stand up straight with good posture.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together.
  • Keep your head straight and your eyes looking forward, not down.

 

Assessment:
  • Can the athlete perform the Farmer's Walk with good posture, not looking down and not rounding shoulders.

Increase Challenge:
  • Heavier weight.
  • Walking for a longer distance.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Lighter weight.
  • Standing in place and not walking.
x
40
sec
Conditioning
X
1
Run ½ mile, 30 Burpees
Run ½ mile, 30 Scissor Jumps
Run ½ mile, 30 Squats
Run ½ mile, 3 x 5 Pull Ups

*repeat as desired
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
30
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
30
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
30
reps
Pull ups (Neutral Grip, Wide Grip, Alternate Grip)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Pull Up Bar

Technique/Execution:

Athlete stands on bench or box and grips bar with palms facing away and hands wider than 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:
  • Modify hand position with different grips.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Chin Up.
  • Athlete can also use a band or a spotter to assist.
x
5
reps
Home or Travel Workout
X
5
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
60
sec
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
60
sec
Single Leg Squat (Front and Back)
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution: Start on your right leg.  Perform single leg squat holding opposite leg out in front of body.  Return to start, then perform single squat with opposite leg held behind body.  Repeat for designated number of repetitions and then switch legs.

Coaching Cues:
  • Focus on sitting your hips back (no working leg will either be behind or in front).
  • Keep 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:
  • Measure knee flexion at the bottom of the squat.  Observe knee position at the bottom of the squat...should be directly over toes.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase the weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Butt Burner.
x
60
sec
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
60
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
60
sec
Mountain Climbers
Objective:

Core and Conditioning



Equipment and Setup:

none



Technique/Execution: Place the hands just outside of the shoulders and lift up onto the toes so that the body is in a straight line from the head to the heels (similar to the push up position).  Lift the right foot off of the ground and bring the knee to the chest.  Place the foot back to the start position and repeat with the left leg.  This movement should be done fast and performed to the desired reps.

 



Coaching Cues:
  • The core should be what moves the leg.
  • Do not let to foot touch the floor when the knee is to the chest.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can perform exercise with proper movement.
Increase Challenge:
  • More repetitions.
  • Slow down the movements.
  • Bring knees across the chest with a twisting motion.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Fewer repetitions.
x
60
sec
Shuttle Runs - Sprints
Objective:

Speed and Conditioning



Equipment and Setup: 4 cones

Technique/Execution:

Shuttle Runs are a great way to work on speed and conditioning.  To set up the exercise you need four cones in the following order: 1st at the start, 2nd at 5 yards, 3rd at 15 yard, and 4th at 25 yards.  All runs will be sprints to each cone and back.



Coaching Cues:
  • Lower hips going into each turn.
  • Plant hard on the outside foot.
  • Turn the inside foot to the run direction.
Assessment:
  • Time it takes to complete the drill.
Increase Challenge:
  • Zipper Drill.
  • Increase number of times through.
  • Add cones.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Utilize fewer cones.
x
60
sec
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 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