Archive for the ‘Training Tips’ Category

Crunch Time

Posted on: January 2nd, 2012 by Charlie 3 Comments

The “second half” of the season starts in three days in Canoga Park, CA. It has been seven weeks since our last Tier 1 Prostop and I am very excited to play. In the time off I have mostly been working on my conditioning and overall strength, but now it is time to sharpen my skills before competition. “The training is done, that part of the break is over”, says my trainer. (more…)

Little Known Sports to Aid Your Game

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by Charlie 4 Comments
It is not uncommon for athletes to participate in multiple sports. Some people are involved in a few sports, some a lot, and some have done it all. Sports are mostly seasonal, so if you are a competitive person it is likely that you will compete year round playing a few different sports. Take a high-schooler who does football in the fall, basketball in the winter and track in the spring. Ask him what type of cross-training he does, he will mention all three sports. Football makes him powerful, basketball helps with his vertical jump, and track makes him faster. The sports work with each other to make him a more well rounded athlete.

What your training is missing

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by Charlie 15 Comments

 “What type of training do you do?” is a question I hear pretty often from anyone trying to improve. I remember being in that position a couple of years ago, wondering what the right workouts were and picking peoples brains. Is it weight lifting? Cardio? Running? Court time? I tried it all, but the one thing that I didn’t try turned out to be the one thing that I needed.  (more…)

The Warm-Up

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by Charlie 7 Comments

Activate the body and prevent injury before you step onto the court
Everybody has a different way of warming up. Some players like to get to the club early, run, bike, stretch, hit, and really loosen up. Others like to show up 10 minutes before a game, put their shoes on, hit the ball a few times, then use the first game as their warm-up. I can’t say that I haven’t been a in both of these situations, and I think most avid players will say the same thing. I strongly recommend that you get a good warm-up in before you play, I think everyone will tell you the same. (more…)

The Secret to being a Pro Athlete

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by Charlie 12 Comments

One thing I have discovered in the couple of years I have
been on tour is that there is a major gap between amateurs and
professionals. This is not a shot at the amateurs, it is more of a
compliment to the professionals. I started out my professional career
in 2009, and thanks to my new coaches and trainers, I now have an
understanding of what it takes to be great.