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In my experience, strength training for distance running has two major benefits: maintain the proper form throughout the run, when not running in proper form, the running efficiency decreases dramatically; help running uphill and speed up in the last sprint to the finishing line; For 1, the core training is essential, and you can find quite a few training ...


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To me core straining are very central. Your core muscles includes all the main muscle groups in you torso and increasing the strength of these will not only help with your running but also with all sorts of back problems if you have a desk job like me. See about.com for a pretty good introduction to core training. Very few core exercises requires any ...


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When I played basketball in high school, I found that what helped my ball handling skills the most was that feel you get from constant repetition and muscle memory. Knowing exactly how hard and at what angle to put the ball behind your back, between your legs, how much wrist to use while dribbling, etc. - they're all critical skills that help your ball ...


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In one youth baseball hitting drill, the instructors used broomsticks and dried beans instead of bats and baseballs: Dried Bean Drill We have taken soft toss of small waffle balls to a new level. We use dried butter beans (50 cent a bag). It gives the kids something different to hit at and trust me, when they can hit the bean, a baseball starts ...


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I've ran twenty marathons and ultras, so far without injuries. I think this is because I do a lot of strength training. The simplest is walking upstairs and downstairs. My building has 30 floors, and walking up and down 3-4 times is a nice workout in bad weather. When I walk upstairs, I step on the balls of my feet only, which better develops my calves and ...


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It is definitely a good idea to take a day in the week to rest. Just like someone who lifts during the week or has a serious workout regiment, a rest day is necessary for the muscles to recover and gain strength.It is a good idea for you to take that day to let your body re cooperate. THis should definitely help you gain strength in your arms and legs for ...


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The answer varies significantly by sport, and in part by team. Those reasons that are common: Training camp is often much more focused practice and learning time than other times (during the regular season). Think of it sort of like a retreat: you live in a more confined area, with just your teammates, and think "your sport" 24/7. It allows teammates to ...


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There is great site http://www.playsportstv.com/soccer that has alot of tricks try it! Cones are the best way but you can also use rope: taken from http://voices.yahoo.com/soccer-drills-speed-agility-ball-handling-drills-for-893859.html 2 Foot Ladder Drill In this drill the coach will lay out a rope ladder and the soccer players will line up at ...


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I played Soccer for many years and the way that we always trained acceleration is to lay on your stomach with your arms out at the side of you. On the blow of a whistle, or even a mental "Go" push up from the ground and sprint for 10m or so. The reason that this is a good starting point instead of positioning your feet like a sprinter is because in a game ...


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It depends where you are shooting from, your skills, and your technique. Below are my expectations for high school teams (boys) I have coached: layups unguarded - 100%. Within 5 feet of the basket unguarded - 90% Free throws 80% 3 pointers - 50% for those who should be practicing them I would expect a good college three point shooter to make 60-70% of ...


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If you're not timing things now, why are you worrying about timing things for a half? I'd recommend just building up your distance (the coach's favourite is 10% - try not to increase this week's total distance by more than last week plus 10%). Certainly you'll get a happier all around experience by starting to time yourself - the idea of doing shorter, ...


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One article discussed various solo table tennis training drills. Topics included: Serving Practice Shadow Play and Ghosting Solo Footwork Drills Video Footage Analysis Table Tennis Robots Each topic had several practical pointers and tips. One table tennis forum post dealt with this question and had two suggestions: Shadow play (mentioned ...


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I played volleyball, we used to train in the gym (leg press, etc). I always had knee problems, until I started to train on a trampoline (small one). I wasn't able to fix my problem completely, but it improved a lot. There are all kinds of stability training exercises available on a trampoline: Jump into the trampoline from the ground, try to land on one leg,...


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One problem that you will probably face is that most of our hand-eye coordination is developed at very young age and it is hard to develop further once you get older. And because of that, most tools, games and programs will be geared towards toddlers and younger. However, there are things that can help. First, the most important thing you can do is play ...


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The main benefit for me is in preventing body fluids from pooling in my legs (I have very low blood pressure). This is billed as assisting in recovery post exercise.


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That sounds like too much swim training to me for a 7-year-old. My kids do competitive swim training and I can't imagine getting them up for a 5AM start ! For one thing, what time will she to bed at night ? Getting enough sleep is just as important, if not more so, than the 3 elements you mentioned. It seems that young swimmers are pushed very hard at an ...


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As outlined in Tim Noakes book "Lore of Runnning".(1) Performance in races of 60 to 200 m is always superior at altitude, with the benefit improving with increasing altitude. Performance in races of 400 m improve progressively up to altitudes of between 2000 and 2500 m but then begins to return to sea-level values. However, even at altitudes of ...


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There is no one-true way to shoot in football, the only correct way is the way that works (i.e. the way you can score the most with). That being said shots can be classified with the part of the foot that comes in contact with the ball, as SahuKahn has mentioned in his answer. I'll give more details: Inner side of the boot: the most classic shot with the ...


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The obvious answer here is "ask your coach". If they can't tell you how to be a better athlete, then they're not the right coach for you no matter how good their technical volleyball coaching might be.


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It was Emil Zátopek!! Thanks to JeopardyTempest in comments I could track the results from the European Athletics Championships. There, I found a couple of interesting and promising results: Oslo 1946 - 10,000 metres. Difference of 39 seconds. 1st, Viljo Heino Finland 29:52.0 CR 2nd, Helge Perälä Finland 30:31.4 Brussels 1950, 10,000 metres....


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I have exactly the same problem. My teachers said that's because I want to do one of two things: See where it will land before I even hit it. Trying to hit harder to get more distance. I have two drills that my teacher make me do, I think it depends exactly on the error you have. Put your head (your forehead) againts a wall. Then practice your swing ...


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The single best thing you can do to get better at skateboarding is stop watching TV and go out and skate. It won't take you long to get the basics, but having played with various balance boards and decks I can confidently say that while they will improve your balance there is no substitute for just getting out and skating around, up and over kerbs, along ...


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Building consistency in snooker (and actually doing anything) is all about progressively adding complexity to the shots you practice. A straight blue off the spot into the centre pocket is easy, right? So practice it until it becomes second nature. Once it is, progress to a thick 3/4 ball. Then 1/2 ball. Then 1/4 ball. Practice each step until you can make ...


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As far as I know, there are no specific drills that will help you improve the "lens-shots" (I think they're called that in English). It'll come naturally as you spend more and more hours on the court. However, some exercises can help you more than others. (1) Boast-straights One player plays in front of the T, and the other one behind it. Of course, both ...


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When I started swimming I had the same problem. I come from an ultra running background so I had very little flexibility in my ankles and poor technique. The following worked for me: do lots of stretching to get some flexibility back in my ankles. You must try to point your toes to the back and not down; Take a look at this page http://www.feelforthewater....


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It comes down to a couple things. Ankle flexibility is huge. Your ankles are what creates propulsion in your kick. Not your thighs, not your calves. Your ankles. The more flexible they are the more water they push back (and not down, as is typically practiced). Kicking and swimming with a narrow profile. Most swimmers feel like they have to kick big and ...


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I use a tiny device similar to this: You push the button at every turnaround. The device counts the lengths and records the time for each. You can view the times, as well as the average etc, at the of the session. Some of the functions (e.g. pausing the clock) are a little awkward to use on my lap counter. However, I don't find this to be a major ...


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Knowing how much vertical jumping is important in basketball, some safe plyometric workouts for 10-12 y/o kids would be to have them squat down and jump up as high as possible while reaching up with one or both hands and hit a flag or a point directly above them. Then, upon landing, immediately jump up again and attempt to reach higher. It is important to ...


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Hal Higdon has a ton of training plans. Here's his one for multiple marathons. http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51153/Marathon-Multiple-Marathons-Training-Program The specific answers to your questions is to do what you want while listening to your body. Higdon's plan for two marathons two weeks apart has a 1 -2 hour run on the weekend in between. That ...


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