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Key Elements of Fitness #3 - Agility

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Agility – the ability to perform a series of explosive power movements in rapid succession in opposing directions. (zigzag running or cutting movements)

This training workbook devoted to understanding agility and agility training is a part of our Essential Fitness series of nine workbooks, each dedicated to one crucial element of overall fitness and performance. These reports are available in convenient PDF format for immediate download. No waiting for delivery! The official price of this workbook is $15, but through our special offer, you'll pay only $8.99 (£5.57)!


Can you make all the moves better than your opponent?

Agility training is arguably the one area of training where old myths endure longest. Agility work is not conditioning; it is speed development work. Movements must be mastered before any element of fatigue is brought into the picture. So grass drills, mat drills, and line drills until you are ill have no foundation in training theory. In fact this approach is counterproductive in terms of sound motor learning. Incorrect movement patterns are learned and grooved.

Does fatigue or so-called ‘pressure training’ fit into the picture? Of course. There is no question that an athlete must be able to do plants, cuts, starts and stops even in a fatigued state. But that is not where you start – add reaction, add game situations and then add fatigue only once the movements themselves have been mastered.

In Agility we identify and explain the five individual components of agility training – and tell you how best to build these into your overall exercise programme.

You’ll learn how to build the levels of rotational power you need to perform zippy turns at speed and under pressure – including six agility-building exercises that will help you foil your opponent on the court or the playing field. We also provide full details of a drill session that’ll develop extra quickness and agility in squash players, footballers, rugby players and others. And we give you full details of a test you can use to measure how well your agility development is progressing.

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