Are you getting bad information about warming up for speed and agility? There are all sorts of myths about a proper warm up. And there are all sorts of ways to cause athletes great harm with an incorrect warm up routine. At The Agility Training Institute internationally acclaimed fitness professional Rich Lansky has developed a proprietary four-phase dynamic warm up that prepares the athlete for optimum performance. Each phase in the warm up focuses on a proper progression to warm up the muscles, practice effective running form, wake up the Central Nervous System, and build ... Continue Reading
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Here's a fitness industry trend that you shouldn't ignore if you run a sports or fitness training business. Recently the Wall Street Journal ran an article about how much parents are willing to pay to give their kids a leg up in sports. It seems that baby boomer parents are willing to spend whatever it takes to have their child become the next Tom Brady, Roger Federer, or LeBron James. For this very reason, strength and agility programs are booming. Smart parents know that speed and agility are trainable qualities that make the difference in sports ... Continue Reading
Boxing and Kickboxing Fitness attract a wide range of people: men, women, youths, and children. What is interesting is how these different categories learn Boxing Fitness and Kickboxing Fitness. As a fitness professional it is important to understand these differences. This article discusses those differences. Intrigued? Sign up for our programs on this website! Let's start with men. Many men who come to Boxing and Kickboxing think they already know how to punch and, perhaps, kick correctly. And yet most of them have some pretty poor habits, like using too much arm or leaning forward ... Continue Reading
Here at the Boxing Fitness Institute, we constantly receive great reports from our members about the results they get from our program. In recent months we particularly appreciate having heard from returned military who have signed up for our program in order to transition to civilian life. On another note, here is a great story from a member who is a Mom and simply wanted to teach Boxing Fitness to her children: "I guess I am not quite the typical profile for a boxing fitness trainer, but I have worked pretty hard to get to ... Continue Reading
Today everyone wants to learn how to defend themselves in case they are attacked. They also want to be sure that their children and spouse are able to protect themselves. There are simply too many dangerous predators in the world -- rapists, child molestors, muggers, gang members, and schoolyard bullies. But few are willing to put up with the "forms", rituals and lengthy process at martial arts centers. They want a simple way to learn self-defense -- and are willing to pay good money for it. Now you can take advantage of this opportunity. In ... Continue Reading
If you are a solo trainer, you can certainly work with those massive gym facilities. At the same time, don't be intimated by them. In this articles, we want to make sure you are taking advantage of the trend towards smaller, more personalized workouts. Our members are telling us that "smaller is better." Groups of 3-5 people love a Boxing Fitness or Kickboxing Fitness workout, and are willing to pay you more than you can make from personal training. If your rate is $60 an hour for a personal training client, why not charge 4 ... Continue Reading
In this article we provide some interesting facts about speed and agility. If you want to learn more, please sign up to become a Certified Speed and Agility Trainer with our Agility Training Institute. 1. Speed and agility are highly trainable qualities, which is why this form of training is in high demand from so many people. 2. Athletes have chronological age and training age. Athletes in their early teens have a window where they can really develop speed and agility. However, athletes who have not trained much in the past (young training age) also ... Continue Reading
Exercises with improvised unconventional objects (e.g., sandbags, rockballs, and weight sleds) can really set your fitness practice apart. These exercises are a lot of fun and very challenging, but not so challenging that people can't do them. They have a great impact on the overall body. They challenge you in ways that fixed weight will never do, and provide simulation for real-life crises and situations. That's because they force the body to adjust to irregular shapes and uneven weight distribution. Most unconventional objects are easy and inexpensive to make, with materials like rock gravel and ... Continue Reading
"No pain, no gain!" has been recited over and over again perhaps by millions of people. It is almost a mantra unto itself. Today I venture to rock the proverbial boat on this well-worn cliche, due to its misuse by so many people. There needs to be a distinction made between focused, dedicated, relentless effort and physical pain (which is often the warning sign of an impending injury). A while ago I was watching an online video on strongman training. I respect these guys a lot, and I value the way they train. One thing ... Continue Reading
We find that many fitness professionals sometimes have misconceptions about developing strength, power, and muscle endurance. Read some of the myths below and see which ones may apply to you. If you are interested in learning more about REAL strength training, sign up for "Strength for the Streets" on our website. MYTH ONE: Cardio activities increase metabolism the same or more than Strength training activities. FACT: Once a cardio workout is done, its effect on metabolism ends. Research shows that a high intensity strength workout can keep the metabolism up for hours to days ... Continue Reading