Williams Sport Training’s Speed Skill program does more than just test your touch or work on your movement off the ball. WST Speed Skill is an exercise for your brain’s thought process during competitive matches. Having trained with Mark Williams in the past, my increased thought process due to speed skill sessions became influential to my game. I was able to analyze situations quicker and deceive opponents with a greater ease. The game is won and lost in tight areas, therefore when you’re not given a lot of space to work with you must become creative.
Not only does speed skill provided you with the technical skill, but additionally the confidence from repetitive movements to be creative. WST speed skill will change your game no matter what level you are currently at.
Just prior to crossing paths with the ball during a match or in practice, a list should pop into their head. For some players this list is not always the same, but the general list is as follows:
- Can I score?
- Can I create a goal scoring opportunity?
- How can I keep the ball?
The top players around the world already have two options in their head before a ball is ever at their feet. They know where the goal is along with their next most dangerously positioned teammate. This is why these elite athletes are able to play so quickly. Their thought process and reading of the game happens so fast that it looks as if they are not even thinking. Playing quickly is more than just your individual quickness on the ball it is premeditated decision-making. If you know what you want to do with the ball, you will get and give it much quicker. Williams Sport Training’s Speed Skill classes and repetitive movement drills will not only make you a fitter and quicker athlete, but will provide you with the ability to increase you decision making skills, therefore allowing you to play at your peak performance.
Many athletes turn their nose up to yoga, believing that it is only for middle-aged women or spandex wearing yogis. But there are many benefits that athletes can receive from practicing yoga including: enhancing recovery, restoring balance and reducing injury, improving biomechanics and energy conservation, improving body awareness, and enhancing breathing function among numerous others. With all of these benefits why not enhance your sport performance and prevent injury by adding yoga to your training plan!
At WST the well-rounded yoga practices includes dynamic flexibility, core stabilization, strengthening and balance work. It is through practices containing these elements that athletes can recover faster from vigorous workouts, open up tight areas that hinder performance, align the spine, and improve mental focus and concentration.
Generally when an athlete stretches pre or post workout they are stretching the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion in which they are exercising. On the other hand yoga works by moving muscles and joints through three planes of motion therefore activating little muscles to support primary muscles. Working muscles through three planes: sagittal, frontal, and transverse allows for well-rounded muscle development.
Additionally attention to breath during yoga can be considered one of the most important benefits to athletes. Developing the ability to stay centered and breathing through difficult poses by concentrating on inhalations and exhalations teaches athletes to focus during challenging workouts or athletic performances. The mind-body connection in yoga is essential to helping an athletes not only relax their tight muscles, but also mental stress.
With all of the benefits that can be provided to athletes who preform yoga, more athletes should add yoga into their exercise routine and live a balanced, less stressful, and stronger athletic life.
If you are looking for a great Athlete’s Yoga practice check out Williams Sport Training Yoga, Thursday mornings at 10:00AM!
Written by: WST Trainer, Lauren Johnson