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Sports are a collection of skill and motor control

Jimmy Pritchard
Make It Count

Most would agree that training for a specific goal yields the best results. Unfortunately, the proper goal is rarely selected in young athletes. What typically happens is the development of a program mimicking sports specific movements, without the development of any physical attributes. As my colleague Ryan mentioned before; if you desire to become a better skier, then go ski. Sports are a collection of skill and motor control that can only truly be developed when practiced.

What we aim to do in the weight room is develop attributes such as strength, power, speed and agility that compliment athleticism. These attributes enhance an athlete’s ability to execute their sports skill. The beauty of this is that it allows us to train several different types of athletes together, as many of the same attributes are required through various sports. This is not to say all athletes train the same, every sport is different, and every athlete is different. Assuming every athlete we get moves well, we then decide what performance attribute they lack the most, and program accordingly. In the Alpenfit program, we teach athletes compound exercises such as the deadlift, squat, overhead press, Turkish get up and kettlebell swing, to name a few. All of these movements directly enhance power, speed, strength and conditioning in athletes.

‘as simple as possible’

Gone are the days of skiers jumping around on bosu balls because they believe it to be “functional.” We aim to increase their mobility, stability and strength through basic compound movements. Our goal is to be as efficient as possible, and in the words of the great Albert Einstein, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” This philosophy is one of our core beliefs, and directly reflects how athletes should train. Let strength and conditioning be a supplement to that of which is sport, and not a sport itself. If you are an athlete reading this or you have a child who is a high school athlete, then please reach out to us and sign them up for Alpenfit. It will make extraordinary changes in performance and lay the ground work for proper exercise technique for life.

Next week Ryan will cover more information about Alpenfit.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Jimmy Pritchard has a B.S. from Colorado Mesa University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a personal trainer at the Sonnenalp Club and is a fitness professional at Pritchard’s passion is to help others meet, and often exceed their goals in all areas of fitness. Contact him at 970-331-3513.

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