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What is Performance Training?

Performance training goes beyond simply improving athletic performance. Performance training is about moving and feeling better to increase all aspects of your life - including on-field athletic performance.

 

Who can Benefit from Drees Performance Training?

Everyone from professional athletes to stay-at-home mothers can benefit from improved mobility, stability, and strength.

Clients include:

  • Junior High, High School, Collegiate, and Professional Athletes
  • "Weekend Warriors"
  • Stay-At-Home Mothers
  • Business Owners
  • Office Executives
  • Post-Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Sufferers

 

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Triphasic training – the brainchild of University of Minnesota’s Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning Coach Cal Dietz – is an advanced sports performance training system, originally designed for collegiate, professional, and Olympic level athletes. Triphasic training breaks movements down into their three phases – eccentric, isometric, and concentric – and trains them independently to maximize strength, power, and speed. Regardless of the sport or movement, all explosive movements go through these three phases.

Many coaches who have read Triphasic Training may avoid using it with their athletes because it is different than any other form of training they have used in the past – people fear change. Others may feel it is too advanced for their high school and junior high athletes. While, simply copying and pasting workouts from Triphasic Training into your athlete’s off-season training program would be irresponsible, disregarding the importance of training all three phases of an athletic movement would be equally irresponsible. When used with proper precaution and supervision, triphasic training is (in my humble opinion) by far the most effective style of training to teach young athletes body awareness, rapidly increase their strength, and most importantly, keep them injury-free.

If you are an endurance athlete – specifically a runner – chances are you are either currently training for your next event, or rehabilitating a recent injury. If we were to play the odds, you are more likely to be in the latter category. Research shows that up to 56% of runners will experience an injury in any given year that will keep them out of training for a period of time. Of these injuries, up to 75% are due to overuse[2] – in other word, no contact. This is an alarming number, as non-traumatic injuries are almost entirely preventable.

A key to preventing overuse injuries is to implement a well-balanced, well-thought out training regimen that includes strength, endurance, and mobility/stability training. Of these three, strength training tends to be the one that gets left on the back burner for most endurance athletes. Many of these athletes devote 5-7 days a week to training for their event, which leaves them little time for strength training. Others fear that strength training will leave them heavy, tight, and slow. Combine these factors with a “9 to 5” desk job and you have a recipe for ITB strains, plantar fasciitis, and any of your other favorite overuse injuries. However, following a strength and conditioning program that addresses all three of these qualities, endurance athletes can expect to see a reduced chance of injury as well as an increase in their performance.    

In a technology-filled society that operates around the clock, sleep has become a scarce commodity. Rather than recharging their bodies’ energy systems with adequate rest, millions of Americans are choosing to work or entertain themselves – despite the well-known fact that humans need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. However, a lack of sleep may be more harmful than the most people realize. Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, cravings, poor job and athletic performance, illness, and possibly even mortality. Choosing to operate a daily lifestyle centered on a healthy sleep pattern may be the missing link which holds back many people from achieving goals of successful athletic or workplace performance.

Eating a gluten-free diet has become a mainstream topic in the media, and has led to increased availability and marketing of gluten-free products in supermarkets and restaurants around the country. This is all great news for those (like myself) who have Celiac Disease, an auto-immune disorder which prevents the body from properly digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. However, less than 1% of the population of the United States has Celiac Disease, or about two million people.[1] While that is still a large number, the prevalence of gluten-free dieting has spread beyond those with Celiac Disease. Researchers are still debating whether or not non-Celiac gluten sensitivity exists, but that has not stopped millions of Americans from choosing to follow a gluten-free diet. Nevertheless, the current public obsession with gluten-free dieting should not be accepted at face-value. A lifestyle of gluten-free eating habits may not be a wise or healthy choice for the majority of the population, and may even lead to a poor vitamin status.

The thoracic spine can be defined as the 12 vertebrae of the middle and upper back which join the neck to the lower back. This area in the middle of the back has the propensity to become tight and immobile in a large percentage of the adult population. This is a direct result of the hunched over position many office workers put themselves in on a daily basis (changes are you are doing it right now). Not only does this not look appealing, it can play a big role in neck and lower back pain, as well as overall health and function of the body. Virtually everyone – from busy office executives to professional athletes – can benefit from improved thoracic mobility and using floor slides are a great way to do just that.


 

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