Improving Athleticism in Athletes

By Dustin Lindgren

When we look at improving the athleticism of athletes, there are many different components that one can take into consideration. Hand-eye coordination, balance, strength, ect. All these components put together can make a very decent athlete right? Correct but when it comes time to react, an athlete typically has seconds to make that quick movement. This is where power comes into play.

I don’t want to spend much time on the equations you see below. These equations explain more as to how power is created. 

Power = Force x velocity

Power = work/time

One can have an unlimited amount of strength, but how can they use it to their advantage? By exerting that strength at a high rate of speed. This is where power comes into play.

Let’s take football as an example. A play in football can last anywhere from 3 to 10 seconds. Not a lot of time to be making decisions. With limited time one can’t afford to be hung up on slow movements. Most football players have some size to their physical build, but they are able to use their strength and speed to create an unbelievable amount of power just by the snap of a finger!

Strength, Speed, and Velocity are all attributes of power. Throughout an Athletes career some of these attributes may need more construction and maintenance than others. Through testing and continuously testing one can find the weak link in the chain of development.

Once the weaknesses have been surfaced we can make a program to adequately develop power through different movements while highlighting explosiveness as well as using strength training. 

I believe power is key when it comes to grasping that competitive edge.

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Alex has always been a very athletic and active person. Playing just about every sport under the sun, however he spent more time being involved in Hockey, Gymnastics, Diving and Cheerleading (the latter 3 being very similar in nature). Not only did he grow up being very active he had a very nutritiously conscientious mother who wouldn’t allow him many different kinds of foods. So he grew up with a good basis on nutrition and eating healthy. As he grew older he continued to dial in on the nutrition while working out religiously. He would often pair gymnastics type movements with traditional barbell movements when working out. Therefore when he found functional fitness back in 2010 he fell in love with it and never looked back.

Alex went on to grad school where he got a masters degree in Exercise Physiology and won back to back National Championships in cheerleading. Upon graduating he began working at Froedtert hospital in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and coaching cheerleading locally. He really enjoyed helping people improve their health but wanted to help people before they were requiring surgery and he also knew that a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise could prevent many of the issues he was treating people for. In 2008 he was offered a coaching position in New Zealand. He moved there and spent the next 6 years in New Zealand and Australia coaching New Zealand to 2 gold and 1 silver medal in the World Cheerleading Championships and Australia to 1 Silver medal. 

In 2014 he moved back to the states and that’s when he opened A1 Health and Fitness. His biggest joys are helping people reach their goals and lead healthy lives through diet and exercise. Whether it’s coaching someone to a PR lift or helping someone shed unwanted pounds or start eliminating poor food from their diet, Alex loves it all. His real passion is nutrition and helping people get off their medication, but he can work with all ages. He enjoys traveling the world, spending time with his dog Charlie and his amazing girlfriend Jen as well as family and friends. 

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