Monday, December 3, 2012

Strength and Conditioning is Important for Everybody
Everybody should take advantage of the opportunity to get stronger and in better shape. In preseason of all sports I would say about 100% of athletes agree that this is the worse season. This is the season when we all get in shape. However, preseason is where strength and conditioning is most important. The team that works the hardest in preseason will do better in the long run.  It is also good to start working on your strength at an early age, when your are in elementary, middle and high school and you have physical education class students should take it more seriously.

Social media can be used to help strength and conditioning coaches

Social media is not just for interacting on the Internet with your friends. Strength and conditioning coaches use social media for plenty of different reason. They use it to share information on the work that they do. For example, if a strength coach has a good workout that he would like to share with other coaches then he can put some of his workout routines on social media. However, like my strength coach said, a lot of strength coaches would like to “keep what they are doing somewhat private.” Meaning they can show some of their workouts but they do not want to reveal everything, because if they show the world everything then what he does is not different from anybody else. He also mentioned that they have to be careful to whom they are showing their routines. I know from experience that some people try to come watch our workouts but Tarp does not let them observe without the Head coaches permission. Think about how much you see commercials or stuff on line about how to get in shape. On the Internet there are always ads that are telling users to buy their product and work out to help them get in shape. Social media helps promote people to workout and that is how it impacts strength and conditioning.

The reason I chose strength and conditioning

The reason I chose my topic is because I have always been interested in strength and conditioning. Watching Kyle Tarp, my strength coach, work out the basketball team and do everything he does for us, has gotten me very interested in strength and conditioning. I believe what he does plays a big role in why we are doing so well in our season right now. Strength and conditioning is important for every sport not just basketball, usually in a competitive sport even the team that is in better shape wins the game. I chose this topic so I can push others to be great, I want to work with athletes one day and get them ready for a season just like Tarp has done for my team.  I like being apart of organizations so be able to help another generation get stronger and be the best they can be. Another big reason I chose this topic was because I can see myself pursuing this as a career in the future. I do not want to work with just any athletes more specifically college basketball players. 

Why is strength and conditioning important?

Strength and conditioning is important for everybody not just athletes, granted athletes workouts are a little different than non-athletes. Nevertheless, strength and conditioning allows everybody to live longer. It is basically just taking care of your body so you can stay alive and enjoy life much longer. From an athletes point of view strength and conditioning allows them to perform and compete at the highest level. Strength and conditioning is also important because it simply makes athletes better at what sport they participate in. It is not only strength and conditioning that is important it is also nutrition, which is also what our strength coach does. He always says “strength and conditioning will not be as effective if you don’t control what you put into your body,” he says this because if you are not eating healthy or getting the right amount of protein then the work that we do in the weight room is not going to be as effective.  To participate on a collegiate level you have to be in shape. Also, non-athletes work out for just fun, staying in shape is fun but getting in shape is not. The United States of America is known as the “fat country,” this should motivate a lot of people to take nutrition and strength and conditioning much more serious.

What I learned from doing this project

I learned that strength and conditioning is very important and that there is a lot around it. It is not easy to understand all the aspects of such a big program. I learned that doing strength and conditioning you have to keep some workouts secret. Meaning be different from other strength coaches, my strength coach (Tarp) always says, “change up your workout routine.” He says this because our bodies get used to the workouts we do if we do the same thing so work on different thing each day. Also, a very important thing about strength and conditioning is rest. After a good week of hard work, it is always good to get some rest for a couple of days. 

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